Christmas Reads

Christmas Reads

Firstly: Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!) everyone!

I don’t usually read holiday-appropriate books, but this year I have two perfect books for Christmas!

Christmas Reads

They are Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and Haruki Murakami’s 羊男のクリスマス (‘The Sheep Man’s Christmas’).

A good Agatha Christie murder mystery is always welcome, of course. This specific book we picked as our Christmas Read with my book club Sparrow & Nightingale. I just finished it (within a day, courtesy of the free time Christmas offers) and loved it. The story takes place during Christmas – specifically from December 22 until 28 – with a family coming together to celebrate the holidays. But of course there’s more to the situation than that..!

The second book I picked up in Japan last month. I’m a big Murakami fan and want to read as much of his as possible. Not everything (actually, most isn’t) is translated so during my trip I specifically looked for some of his untranslated fiction to read in Japanese. I stuck with illustrated works, because who can resist those really? One of them was ‘The Sheep Man’s Christmas’. Sheep Man is a character from a bunch of Murakami’s other works, A Wild Sheep Chase being the most famous. I found a translation of The Sheep Man’s Christmas here (sadly without Maki Sasaki’s lovely illustrations). I’m saving the book for Christmas day tomorrow!

Are you reading holiday/Christmas related books this year?

6 thoughts on “Christmas Reads

  1. Thank you for this link to the Murakami translation! I just checked out your blog after you registered for my challenge, so this is a very unexpected Christmas present 🙂 As you can see from my main blog (Tony’s Reading List), I’m a big Murakami fan…

    1. You’re welcome! Enjoy the story 😀 I’m halfway and it’s great and very Murakami-esque haha. I checked out your blog earlier (when I found the challenge) and I noticed yes 🙂 Also that you’re very much into Japanese literature (obviously, seeing you started the challenge haha)! Always great to meet more people who like Japanese literature!

        1. The story is the same in the translation, but the style is really different. Murakami’s style in Japanese is very uncomplicated and straightforward, but it feels like the translator tried to make it into more than it really is…

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