Thursday, 18 May 2017

Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada


Yoko Tawada is a master story teller of her time, as she has proven in her novel Memoirs of a Polar Bear. She explores the world through the eyes of three generations of Polar Bears who narrate their perspectives in the pages of this beautiful novel. In my opinion, the first two stories are much more elegant than the last one, however, each is unique in it's own taste.

The cover of the book is beautiful. It could never have imagined that a black and white cover can be so beautiful. The artist has done a clever job in the depiction, and from the very first look it makes us want to love it. For me the visual appearance of a book appeals the most.

The style of writing by Tawada is beautiful, somewhat erratic at places, however keeps the reader hooked on to the tale as she promises more and more with every page. I wonder how she has manages to put herself into the shoes or rather the paws of a Polar Bear and narrated their tale so flawlessly.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear made my heart beat fast in anticipation, my eyes well up in pain and my lips smile in joy. There are so many beautiful interpretations in the story. A strange story, an impeccable taste of readers shall be satiated by it. Often the story contradicts itself as the style of writing shifts to different narratives. 

I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars. You can buy the book here .

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