The Diving Pool
Three NovellasBook - 2008
The first major English translation of one of contemporary Japan's bestselling and most celebrated authors
From Akutagawa Award-winning author Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures may contain a hairline crack of cruel intent.
A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool--a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples through her life.
A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous note of a pregnancy that may or may not be a hallucination--but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's?
A woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding house run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg.
Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, The Diving Pool is a disquieting and at times darkly humorous collection of novellas about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.
From Library Staff
multcolib Apr 01, 2014
Upon learning that I liked Haruki Murakami, my Japanese language teacher insisted I read Yoko Ogawa, who she thought was a much better writer. While I can’t attest to really reading either in Japanese, I’ll tell you Ogawa writes the kind of fascinating stories that make my skin crawl. In The Divi... Read More »