The Japanese wave keeps crashing my shores. This time the novel is called “Fear and Trembling”, written by the eccentric Belgian author Amelie Nothomb. It tells the entertaining story of the young Amelie during a year of work experience in a big Japanese company. Since she was born in Japan she loves the country as her second home, but this changes a bit after she faces the cultural differences, the matter of honor and the strictness of its citizens. A charming, funny and elegant read about Japan in the 90’s. Nothomb’s witty analysis of the absurd situations she is in all the time have a great humoristic impact on the entire novel. “Fear and Trembling is a delicious book and once you start you don’t take your eyes off until you complete it!
Amelie Nothomb is my new literature discover and I am absolutely convinced to read more that came out of her hand!