11 comments on “Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb | Book Review

  1. Hello Callum. This is depressing! I have just started The Girl With The Louding Voice by Nigerian writer Abi Dare – unbelievable the way women were treated as a matter of course. All women, in Japan or Ireland or anywhere else need Louding Voices!

  2. I could imagine, it would be difficult to find your way with all the norms and unwritten rules of Japanese culture, if you didn’t grow up there. Sounds interesting, a shame about the stereotypes.

  3. Interesting! I hadn’t heard of this one, and given the negative stereotypes the writing falls into I’m not sure I’d want to pick it up, but I’m always intrigued by stories that critique the system and explore culture differences, so I’m happy to have this title on my radar. Great review! And hopefully you’ll have a little better luck with your next WIT read!

    • Thank you! It’s a strange one; the author seems to really split opinion and I can understand why. There’s lots of interesting potential in what she’s exploring but the execution is definitely clumsy at times.

  4. This sounds interesting. I’m not sure if it’s a book I would want to read but I can understand the draw of wanting to return to a place without realizing it could never live up to what it is in your mind.

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