Category: Magical Realism

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A young man attempts to discover why his friends have abandoned him ❝ The protagonist of this book is Tsukuru Tazaki, a Japanese man in his 30s who designs railroad stations. He recalls his younger years, where at… Continue Reading “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami”

Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle; the archetypal road novel is transformed for twenty-first-century America ⚑ “Sing Unburied Sing was the first novel I have read featuring ghosts and Southern… Continue Reading “Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward”

The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnston

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A portrait of a world hidden from view: North Korea, rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. ⚑ “The Orphan Master’s Son reminded me of Nineteen Eighty Four, but… Continue Reading “The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnston”

Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, runs away from home to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy and search for his long-missing mother and sister. ◉ “One day in 2006 I bought this book new off the shelves in an… Continue Reading “Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami”

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it… Continue Reading “Exit West – Mohsin Hamid”

The Famished Road – Ben Okri

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks In this 1991 Booker winner, the narrator, Azaro, is a spirit child struggling between the tensions of the living and the temptations of the carefree spirit kingdom. ➤ “Set in an unnamed city in Nigeria, this novel employs a unique… Continue Reading “The Famished Road – Ben Okri”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel This seemingly simple story of a Japanese man whose cat runs away is anything but.  ❖ “I couldn’t wait to re-read and share this, my #1 favourite book of all time. I was nervous too, knowing how much of an emotional… Continue Reading “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami”

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A satirical, metafictional novel about the bombing of Dresden during WWII, which the author survived by hiding in the cellar of a slaughterhouse. The protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, becomes unstuck in time as a result of shell-shock and begins time-travelling.… Continue Reading “Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut”

The Metamorphosis & Other Stories – Franz Kafka

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to discover he has turned into a giant insect, in this 1915 novella. An establishing story in the existentialism genre. ⚈ “Gregor Samsa one day wakes to find he has turned into a dung… Continue Reading “The Metamorphosis & Other Stories – Franz Kafka”

The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Ryder, a famous pianist, arrives in a European city to perform a concert. However, he appears to have lost most of his memory and finds his new environment surreal and dreamlike. ⚈ “Ryder is an accomplished artist, renowned… Continue Reading “The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro”