For those of you following along for the whole challenge, phew, light post again today. For those who are just joining in today, this is not indicative of my whole collection, I swear. E is just a light letter for authors. How many people do you know with a last name starting with the letter E?
Masks by Fumiko Enchi was on my reading list last year, and came as a recommended read while I was pushing through The Tale of Genji. It does borrow themes from that ancient work, and makes several allusions to it, however, like a lot of modern Japanese writing I’ve read, this book left me kind of cold. The plot itself is interesting, but none of the characters show the sorts of emotions you’d expect from the situations they are placed in. I suppose it could be a cultural difference, but the lack of any sort of conclusion or consequence in the book left me wondering what the point was.
Michael Ende‘s The Neverending Story is fifth on my 2014 reading list. Ende wrote literature for people of all ages, and was often frustrated to be branded as a children’s author only. Many YA authors these days might share his sentiment that it is difficult writing for young people, when critics jump at the chance to attack youth genres and those who write in them. Ende believed that writing was “primarily a question of patience,” and like many new novelists, his first work also received a string of rejections before it was finally accepted.
At about the middle of last year I realized that there were far, far too many books in my genre that I hadn’t read, so I started accepting recommendations from all over the place to fill the gaps. Steven Erikson‘s Gardens of the Moon is one such book, but I have not yet had the chance to read it.
There’s got to be some more E authors I could put on my shelf. Have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.