Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:
Isle of Dreams
By Keizo Hino
Dakley Archive Press, 2010
Shozo Sakai hasn’t seen much change in his life.
He’s worked at the same construction firm for years, he has no ambitions of moving up the corporate ladder or pursuing a specific career, and he has lived in the same place for decades. Except for the occasional bouts of loneliness, even his wife’s death has done little to interrupt his day-to-day life.
In his spare time, Shozo likes to wander around Tokyo and admire the city’s great architecture. Eventually, the middle-aged widower discovers the Isle of Dreams. Contrary to its name, the isle is actually a piece of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay that the city uses to dump garbage. But for Shozo, the landfill is a place of wonder. He sees every piece of garbage as being filled with life and beauty. And through his visits to this garbage paradise, he meets Yoko Hayashi, a young woman who uses the site as a motorcycle obstacle course.
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