The Pine Islands — Marion Poschmann

Cover of The Pine Islands

A man wakes up one morning from a dream convinced his wife is cheating on him. On a whim, he flees to Tokyo.

I loved the imagery — there are some quite beautiful descriptions: “shadows poured from the receptionist’s sleeves, spilled out from under the bed and desk and submerged the lower half of the room in a sombre vagueness”.

But mainly I couldn’t get over how much of a paranoid control freak the main character is. He behaves so childishly, in laughable — almost painful — contrast with his serious academic pretensions. Mathilda has a lucky escape.

Recommend for fans of Japan, haiku and/or trees.

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