2015 Reviews

This is a list of my 2015 reviews: click on the link to read the post 🙂
Reviews marked with asterisks are my recommendations each month.

167) There a Petal Silently Falls by Ch’oe Yun (link is to 2014 review)
166) I Live in Bongcheon-Dong by Jo Kyung-ran (link is to 2014 review)
165) Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
164) The Old Garden by Hwang Sok-yong
163) Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
162) The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra by Pedro Mairal (link is to 2013 review)
161) Bullfight by Yasushi Inoue (link is to 2013 review)
160) The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun (review is at Words Without Borders)
159) Recipes for Sad Women by Héctor Abad (link is to 201o review)
158) A Distant and Beautiful Place by Yang Kwija (Gui-ja)
157) Family Room by Lily Yulianti Farid
156) Alves & Co. by Eça de Queiroz (link is to 2012 review)
155) Your Face Tomorrow 1: Fever and Spear by Javier Marías
154) Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas
153) Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
152) Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre – Part One, Part Two & Part Three
         (Heidi’s Years of Learning and Wandering) by Johanna Spyri
151) Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser
150) The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
149) Aller Liebe Anfang (The Start of Love) by Judith Hermann
148) Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
147) Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
(The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge)
by Rainer Maria Rilke

146) Tristano Dies by Antonio Tabucchi (review is at Necessary Fiction)
145) Irisches Tagebuch (Irish Diary) by Heinrich Böll (link is to 2010 review)
144) Etüden im Schnee (Études in the Snow) by Yoko Tawada
143) Fired by Chang Kangmyoung
142) Der Untergeher (The Loser) by Thomas Bernhard
141) Kassandra by Christa Wolf
140) Luftkrieg und Literatur (On the Natural History of Destruction) by W.G. Sebald
139) Geschichte vom alten Kind (The Old Child) by Jenny Erpenbeck
138) La Place de l’Étoile by Patrick Modiano
137) Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata (link is to 2011 review)
136) The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
135) Home by Leila S. Chudori
134) Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata (link is to 2011 review)

133) Supernova by Dewi Lestari
133) In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales and Folktales
132) Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
131) Calling All Heroes by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (link is to 2014 review)
130) Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier
(So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighbourhood) by Patrick Modiano
129) The Looking-Glass Sisters by Gøhril Gabrielsen
128) They Were Divided by Miklós Bánffy
127) The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami (link is to 2013 review)
126) Marcel by Erwin Mortier
125) I’ll Be Right There by Shin Kyung-sook (link is to 2014 review)
124) Gehen, ging, gegangen (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck
123) The Frost on His Shoulders by Lorenzo Mediano (link is to 2012 review)
122) Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano
121) Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo (review at Necessary Fiction)
120) Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (link is to 2013 review)
119) Verre Cassé (Broken Glass) by Alain Mabanckou
118) A Chain of Dark Tales by Jung Young-moon
117) Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
116) Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías
115) Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (link is to 2012 review)
114) Satantango by László Krasznahorkai (link is to 2013 review)
113) Happy are the Happy by Yasmina Reza
112) River of Fire and Other Stories by O Chong-hui (link is to 2014 review)
111) The Miner by Natsume Sōseki
110) The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
109) Ich sehe was, was, du nicht siehst (I Spy, with My Little Eye) by Birgit Vanderbeke
         (link is to 2012 review)
108) A Man of His Word by Imma Monsó
107) Deep Blue Night / The Drunkard / Hwang Chini I by Ch’oe In-ho
106) Another Man’s City by Ch’oe In-ho
105) Train de nuit avec suspects (Night Train with Suspects) by Yoko Tawada
104) The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson
103) The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (link is to 2009 review)
102) Music & Literature No. 6 (Alejandra Pizarnik, Victoria Polevá & Dubravka Ugrešić)
101) The Mountain and the Wall by Alisa Ganieva
100) Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano

99) A Time for Everything by Karl Ove Knausgaard
98) Contradictions by Yang Gui-ja
97) Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye
96) Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara
95) The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
94) The House in Smyrna by Tatiana Salem Levy (review at Shiny New Books)
93) White Horse by Yan Ge
92) Dinge, die Verschwinden (Things that are Disappearing) by Jenny Erpenbeck
91) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
90) Una vez Argentina (Once upon a Time in Argentina) by Andrés Neuman
89) All Souls by Javier Marías
88) Rock, Paper, Scissors by Naja Marie Aidt (review at Words Without Borders)
87) The Book of Tokyo, ed. by Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks & Masashi Matsuie
86) Woman in Darkness by Luisgé Martín
85) Fuzz McFlops by Eva Furnari

84) June by Gerbrand Bakker
83) One Million Cows by Manuel Rivas
82) The Art of Flight by Sergio Pitol
81) La lectrice (Reader for Hire) by Raymond Jean
80) The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki (link is to 2013 review)
79) The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
78) Heimsuchung (Visitation) by Jenny Erpenbeck (link is to 2012 review)
77) Three Generations by Yom Sang-seop
76) Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
75) 70% Acrylic 30% Wool by Viola Di Grado (link is to 2013 review)
74) Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra
73) The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (Part One & Part Two)
72) Hollow Heart by Viola Di Grado
71) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha
70) The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Lusielli
69) The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
68) The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra
67) L’Etranger (The Outsider) by Albert Camus (link is to 2010 review)
66) My Documents by Alejandro Zambra
65) Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong
64) We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino (link is to 2013 review)
63) No One Writes Back by Jang Eun-jin (link is to 2014 review)

62) Botchan by Natsume Soseki (link is to 2010 review)
61) Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt
60) Granta 127: Japan, ed. Yuka Igarashi (link is to 2014 review)
59) The Fall of Language in the Age of English by Minae Mizumura
58) The Witch in the Broom Cupboard and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari
57) In Her Absence by Antonio Muñoz Molina
56) Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard
55) The Whispering Muse by Sjón (link is to 2012 review)
54) How in Heaven’s Name by Cho Chongnae
53) Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days) by Jenny Erpenbeck (link is to  2014 review)

52) La Chute (The Fall) by Albert Camus (link is to 2011 review)
51) Sphinx by Anne Garréta
50) Dancing in the Dark by Karl Ove Knausgaard
49) The Pointless Leopard by Colas Gutman
48) Stone Tree by Gyrðir Elíasson (link is to 2012 review)
47) Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (link is to 2011 review)
46) In the Night of Time by Antonio Muñoz Molina
45) Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-ha
44) The Poet by Yi Mun-yol
43) Dot & Anton by Erich Kästner
42) From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (link is to 2012 review)

41) While the Gods Were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier
40) Tiger Milk by Stefanie de Velasco
39) Bloodlines by Marcello Fois
38) F by Daniel Kehlmann
37) The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov
36) The Last Lover by Can Xue
35) The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky
34) In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González
33) The Ravens by Thomas Bannerhed
32) Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
31) The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee
30) By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
29) Life of a Counterfeiter by Yasushi Inoue
28) The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (link is to 2012 review)
27) These are the Names by Tommy Wieringa
26) White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen
25) Nacht ist der Tag (All Days are Night) by Peter Stamm
24) The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
23) Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami (link is to 2009 review)
22) The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
21) The Long Road by Kim In-suk
20) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (link is to my six reviews in 2011/2)
19) Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah
18) Highway with Green Apples by Bae Suah
17) Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther) by Goethe (link is to 2010 review)
16) Eyrie by Tim Winton
15) My Clint Eastwood by Oh Han-ki
14) The Heart of Man by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
13) Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
12) A  Most Ambiguous Sunday by Jung Young Moon
11) The Stein Report by José Carlos Llop
10) The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata (link is to 2012 review)
9) Angry in Piraeus by Maureen Freely
8) Trees on a Slope by Hwang Sun-won
7) Feast of the Innocents by Evelio Rosero
6) The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
5) N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto
4) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
3) The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe (link is to 2009 review)
2) The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine by Akiyuki Nosaka
1) The Tale of the Heike, translated by Royall Tyler

2 thoughts on “2015 Reviews

  1. Hello Tony, I have finished reading all your reviews. I’m very impressed with what you wrote. The books you have read were always good for interesting reviews. I think a good review should do three things:
    1) Tell in short about the content of the book
    2) Tell what you think about a book
    3) Tell why you think so
    In all three aspects you succeed wonderful. After reading each review I think I can say if I’ll like a book or not, and that what reviewing is all about.
    Also I want to compliment you on your monthly wrap-ups (a good way to select the best of the less great) and especially on the reviews cowritten by Emily. It’s very nice to see a young girl writing about books she read. I hope you will continue with your blog for a long time to come.
    Last I want to ask you three very easy questions to answer:
    – How fast do you read (in pages per hour)?
    – How many hours a day do you spend reading?
    – How long does it take you to write an average review?
    I guess you read and type a lot faster than I do. If you like it I want to post a list with my own recommendations from 20 years of reading. Greetings, Erik


    1. Erik – Thanks for the kind words – it’s hard to believe when I look back just how many posts I’ve written!

      In answer to your questions:

      1) It depends 😉 Trashy books in English, 100pp/hour; quality literature, perhaps 60pp/h; German, more like 40/50pp/h. Some writers, of course, are more demanding than others…

      2) Again, it varies, but I’d say 1-2 hours, including time on the train to and from work.

      3) Far too long… I’d like to say one hour, but the reality is that with the drafting, writing, editing and publishing, it’s probably more like two hours (which is far too long). It’s not uncommon for me to spend more time writing a post than I did reading the book 😦

      Thanks again for the time you’ve spent reading all these posts – it certainly helps me feel it’s worth writing them 🙂


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