Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Beginning: Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe




The year I went off to university in Tokyo, something fateful happened when I returned home to Shikoku for one of the last in a series of traditional Buddhist services for my father.

-- Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe. Don't think from the title this is a mystery! If I weren't trying to read at least one book by every Nobel Laureate for Literature, I don't know that I could get through this one. It's pretty heavy sledding. I enjoy it for the most part, but then that part repeats itself over, and over, and over.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. Ooh that's such a good idea, to read a novel by each Nobel Prize winner! Although I can imagine there would be a number of books that would be quite difficult to get through! I hope you end up enjoying this one despite the struggle, and thanks for hosting :)
    I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. You're very brave. I don't think I could do that. Reading is too much fun.

    Good luck, and hope you do find pleasure in it.

    Happy weekend.

  3. Bravo for you making a go at DEATH BY WATER. I wonder if it would improve in the audiobook edition so that the vocabulary wouldn't trip you up as much.

  4. Great challenge to read all the Nobel Prize winners. Good luck getting through this one. If you've not read him yet, I'd recommend Halldór Laxness next. I love his works.

  5. Such an interesting idea you have there! I would think that you will be reading such a variety of books. I hope that you enjoy your choices. :)

  6. That's great that you got through it. I have to admit, by the title I would have thought it was a mystery. Just goes to show you :) Have a great weekend!

  7. Hope it's worth the struggle in the end. Sounds like a challenging project.

  8. My first book beginning post! I changed it up a bit and sliced the sentence to examine! Come over at my blog and leave a comment :)

  9. I love the idea of this but am not sure if I could stick to it. This sounds like slow going! Is it a translation issue or just the story itself?

  10. Anne: Yes, I'm finding that the audiobook is much easier to handle.

    Nicki: I read Independent People by Halldór Laxness and enjoyed it very much. Also slow, but very interesting.

    ER: Thanks for joining us!

    Katherine: It is just very repetitive. Very repetitive. Very. Repetitive. :)


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