Saturday, January 16, 2021

Tokyo Ueno Station

Unreachable. I wouldn’t have noticed Yu Miri’s novel titled, Tokyo Ueno Station, had it not won a National Book Award. Protagonist Kazu has led a sad and unlucky life, much of connected to Tokyo’s Ueno Station. At so many times during his life, better times were so close, just outside his reach. Instead, he faced loss, grief, homelessness and scraping along on the margins of the busy city life around him. The descriptive language soars with beauty on these pages and builds melancholy in a reader with each passing page. Readers who enjoy finely written literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy this haunting character and his story through life and after death. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Tokyo Ueno Station from

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