Acquired via BookCrossing 26 April 2008 – at the Bham meetup from Juliako

An elegaic and melancholic book. Interesting and evocative but a bit too depressing for a beach read! I felt it used a lot of metaphor, some of which was beautiful but a lot of it went over my head, I am sure. Haunting. Also not sure in part if it was full of elegaic eroticism or an exercise in writing up different permutations of sex…

The translators note at the end is interesting.

Matthew read this too… his thoughts:

I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of a number of Japanese films and to me is quite unlike English or American novels.