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For an author who has been compared to Haruki Murakami,Banana Yoshimoto disappoints me. Kitchen, well, was similar to Murakami's novels in a way that the main character has that unique sentimentality to her thoughts. But Yoshimoto's Kitchen lacks the depth of emotions for me. And I thought this book was only about death and emotions.Sorry Banana.But I might as well try some of her other novels.
I heavily cited this book in a converstion about J. Edgar Hoover yesterday. Oops. Careful with the historical fiction.
There is no darker, funnier writer than Roald Dahl. His children's stories were the original series of unfortunate events. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) In the 60's, Alfred Hitchcock had a television series, Alfred Hitchcock presents, in which he used many of the stories found in this anthology. Also, one of his stories was made into a vignette in the movie Four Rooms. (Tarantino's contribution) Dahl is as creepy in his descriptions as any "horror" writer to date. There is an uneasy churning in the stomach of the reader upon finishing stories like Pig, The Rat Catcher, and the Bookseller. Like a brilliant comedian that holds you for ten minutes until a great punchline, Dahl's punch is straight to your gut. My personal favorite stories are The Visitor and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. The journey is worth the shock.