Hotel Iris

by Yoko Ogawa | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 1/19/2012
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, January 19, 2012
"A tale of twisted love, from the author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor.
In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother tends to the off-season customers. When one night they are forced to expel a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a single long seduction. In spite of her provincial surroundings, and her cool but controlling mother, Mari is a sophisticated observer of human desire, and she sees in this man something she has long been looking for. "

Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, January 19, 2012
BOOK RAY

Please PM or post in the forum if you are interested, and include

a) Your location
b) Where you are willing to post the book after you read it
(International, or only within N. America / Asia / Australia / Europe, etc.)

BookRAY participants :
- mafarrimond ( in the United Kingdom - posts anywhere)
- romy86 (in Australia, posts anywhere)
- Icila (in France, posts anywhere)
- chesswally (in Germany, posts anywhere)
- vassilka (in Greece - posts to EU - prefers not to be at beginning of list)
- Tsjara (in the Netherlands - posts to EU - international if needed - prefers not to be at beginning of list)
- lunatum (in Finland - prefers not to be at the beginning - posts international)
- carelaisa (in Canada - posts to Canada/USA) <---book is here
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~ ~ ~ ~ > Please make a journal entry when you receive the book.
~ ~ ~ ~ > Please read and pass on the book within two months of receipt. If you can't do this for any reason, please PM me to let me know.
~ ~ ~ ~ > When you are done reading, contact the next reader via PM for their address. Also make another journal entry (or edit your first one) to share your comments about the book.

(forum post)

Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (2/14/2012 UTC) at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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On its way by post to mafarrimond. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, February 18, 2012
The book has arrived safely, thank you. I am really looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 5 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, February 26, 2012
The second book I have read by this author. A strange relationship that develops in strange circumstances but totally believable. Heart wrenching story!

Journal Entry 6 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, February 26, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (2/26/2012 UTC) at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom

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Posted on

Journal Entry 7 by romy86 at Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, March 08, 2012
Book arrived today. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 8 by romy86 at Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Very well written but disturbing story. I really didn't like the interpreter character at all. I couldn't understand the attraction to him from Mari, although she was written beautifully and the author got across well that she had low self esteem and a poor relationship with her mother, which is possibly why she seemed to find it acceptable to be treated so badly.
I was glad it ended as it did. It seemed to hold some hope for Mari's future.
Thanks for sharing this book. Will PM the next reader for their address.

Journal Entry 9 by romy86 at Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/15/2012 UTC) at Perth City, Western Australia Australia

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Off to next reader tomorrow!

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, May 14, 2012
Although this novel is very well written I was absolutely not able to share Mari's fascination for this horrible old man.
Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 11 by wingchesswallywing at Vaihingen (Enz), Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, May 21, 2012
I received the book today...thanks for sending it.

I had expected a book about love between an old man and a young girl. But it is not about love. It is about might, authority, violence and abuse. For me the author was not able to reveal the details why the persons act the way they do. I did not like it.
Thanks for the possibility to make that experience.

Released 7 yrs ago (6/8/2012 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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On its way to vassilka. I hope you like it more than I did :-)

Journal Entry 13 by vassilka at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Saturday, June 16, 2012
Received it and started reading it already.

Journal Entry 14 by vassilka at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Thursday, June 21, 2012
When I took it in my hands I was curious to read it because of all the negative comments the previous readers made. I had recently read "The Professor and the Housekeeper" by Yoko Ogawa and I liked it very much. However the story of this book was much different from anything else that I've read so far. I really don't understand what the author wanted to say with this book. Mari had low self esteem and her mother couldn't understand her because she was a person interested only in money and the translator was a lonely man mourning for his wife's death but both of them were sick in their minds and they enjoyed an abnormal relationship which I don't approve, I don't understand and I really don't find a reason why someone should read about it. I didn't like it of course, many times I thought I should stop reading it but as it was a small book I finally finished it and I'm glad I did!

The next reader is Tsjara. She told me she has many TBRs but I'm leaving for holidays next week so I have to send it to her before next Wednesday.

Journal Entry 15 by vassilka at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Monday, June 25, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/25/2012 UTC) at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece

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Off to Tsjara in the Netherlands...happy reading!

Journal Entry 16 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wow, that was quick (nice stamps)! Thanks vassilka for sending and the lovely bookmark! Well, I only have one other bookring here at the moment (strangely enough), so I'll start with this one soon. :)
Thanks Okyrhoe for organizing the bookring!

Journal Entry 17 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
This was actually quite a fast read. I'm not sure if enjoy is the right word, but I didn't dislike it. It is a strange story, and I don't understand Mari's fascination with the translator, who I did dislike - and the maid and her mother as well.. She must be very lonely. The only other character that I liked and found interesting was the nephew. However, the writing was beautiful and kept me reading.

Journal Entry 18 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/11/2012 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Travelling to lunatum now, together with another bookring.

Happy reading! :)

Journal Entry 19 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The book arrived today with another book. I guess I'll enjoy the book with a cup of the, thanks.

Journal Entry 20 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Sunday, August 19, 2012
What a strange story. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't really enjoy it either. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down.

Journal Entry 21 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (8/21/2012 UTC) at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland

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I sent the book forward.

Journal Entry 22 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Rec'd it today!

I have 2 books waiting to read, including a bookray, but I should get to this one quite soon.
Thanks lunatum for the lovely stamps on the package, the handmade bookmark and the postcard:)

Journal Entry 23 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Sunday, October 21, 2012
Finally got around to read it...

What can I say about this book? I liked it though it was slow paced – books from Japanese authors tend to be like that – and yet, I didn’t like too much the “perfection” I felt through out the story, like nothing was out of place. Of course, it’s different from what I usually read but still, that’s the thing that nags me all along the reading, the perfection from each scene, and each action of the characters. But, it’s a good book and one to be read in one evening, with a good cup of tea.

Journal Entry 24 by carelaisa at Oppem's Birthday RABCK group, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (9/6/2016 UTC) at Oppem's Birthday RABCK group, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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Hope everything will be like :)

Journal Entry 25 by wingT02S03B11D20wing at Springport, Michigan USA on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Thanks for the book, which arrived today, with a few goodies. I have never read anything by this author, but it is a short book and worth a shot. I need an author whose name ends in "O" for a challenge I am doing, so this may have come just in time!

Journal Entry 26 by wingT02S03B11D20wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (9/18/2018 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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A wish list tag. Enjoy.

Journal Entry 27 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, September 30, 2018
Girls just want to have fun,

but sometimes they find
someone turns the light off.

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