A compiled list of books I’ve read while serving in Zambia can be viewed here.
Book: Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
Review: Alice in Wonderland meets The Chronicles of Narnia set in modern-day Japan. Imagery, poetry, and science all come together to form a trifecta of trickery and revelation of the mind.
“But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.” (p.334)
“Loss was not a skill, not a measure of life.” (p.391)
“Fairness is a concept that holds true only in limited situations. Yet we want the concept to extend to everything, in and out of phase … Maybe no one finds it, or even misses it, but fairness is like love. What is given has nothing to do with what we seek.” (p.392)