Monday, September 22, 2008

Diving Pool - Yoko Ogawa

Diving Pool
by Yoko Ogawa

These stories are still rattling around in my head.

A few notes. Perhaps it's just the short story format, but it seemed like Ogawa has a very compact way of writing, such that if you read a sentence too quickly, it's very possible that you'll miss the whole point of a paragraph or a page.

Secondly, her characters are simultaneously normal and sadistic in a way that makes you rethink which average jane (the characters are female) who you thought were normal might in fact have some not-so-comfortable thoughts bouncing around in her head.

Definitely recommend a read. I'd be interested to see what her full-length novels are like.

[Found via Mefi]