Slightly Peckish Friday: Snacks and Bites (HK)

18 April, 2014

Umami Mart

You’re probably wondering how long it’s going to take me to talk about all the food I sampled on my short trip to Hong Kong at the end of last year. Well, we still have a long way to go because WE ATE A LOT. This week, I talk about some of the snacky places we stopped by in between our meals. Go and check me out at Umami Mart: Slightly Peckish!

In bookish news, I went to see Eleanor Catton in conversation with Booker Prize judge and author Robert Macfarlane at the Union Chapel in Islington and what an event. Catton is articulate and wise for her age and spoke with such passion about her book and her research into her country’s history and astrology, especially her love of astrological apps which allows you to check the historical position of constellations from anywhere. Particularly interesting was her discussion of the role of women in gold-mining towns such as Hokitika which features in her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Luminaries, and how she wanted to portray her female characters as more than just prostitutes or bar/brothel managers and to avoid any lazy characterisations which is so prevalent in fiction. This is something which happens too frequently, is disappointing and will really stop me from taking a writer seriously. So I’m excited to see how she’ll go about it. I’m right in the middle of The Luminaries at the moment, enjoying it immensely and in awe of Catton’s talent.

The English translation of Haruki Murakami’s Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage will be published this summer but I’m even more excited to learn that Murakami’s new collection of short stories is out in Japan today! It’s titled Onna no Inai Otoko Tachi (女のいない男たち), which can be loosely translated as Men Without Women/Men Who Don’t Have Women, and this is apparently Murakami’s first collection of short stories in nine years.

7 Responses to “Slightly Peckish Friday: Snacks and Bites (HK)”

  1. Abbi Says:

    My book club read The Luminaries a couple of months ago and loved it. It’s very well written.

    • sakura Says:

      I’m impressed you all read it for your book club as it’s a big book! But it’s so well written and I can imagine the discussion must have been lively!

  2. Bellezza Says:

    I have ordered Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage even though I have to wait until August for it to arrive in the states. So long for someone so impatient…glad you could hear Eleanor Cotton. Her book was so interesting, if a bit convoluted.

    • sakura Says:

      I seem to like convoluted books – the more intricate, the better! August will be here before you know it – I can’t wait to see all the reviews that will pop up!

  3. eriko Says:

    The Luminaries does sound gripping! Maybe I should try… I’m amidst 1Q84 : )))

    • sakura Says:

      How are you enjoying it?? And I think you will like The Luminaries too. I’ve started reading your copy of Colourless Tsukuru and have downloaded a kanji dictionary. But even so, I’m really enjoying Murakami’s style in Japanese!

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