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  • Intricately braided short stories, magical

    I first read The Memory Police, which was 5 stars for me. However, it doesn't come in large print, so I've been thrilled with my new Kobo Forma ereader, which has allowed me to enjoy Revenge in any size font I choose. As with the novel, these short stories have held me hypnotized, and certainly credit must be given to the translator, Stephen Snyder. I've never read stories so intricately woven together, and I'll definitely be reading this book again to trace the subtle threads connecting these eleven tales. There is horror here, and Ogawa's chillingly detached voice magnifies that feeling without exploiting it. I just purchased The Housekeeper and the Professor by her, since even though the Forma comes with OverDrive installed, my library doesn't carry any of Ogawa's work--a real shame imho. She has been compared to Haruki Murakami, another of my favorites--but her voice is more detached and subtle. The effect for me is hypnotic. I would recommend her work to anyone who is fascinated by magical realism, Murakami, and Saramago.

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