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Jessica Schneider
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I am a fiction writer as well as book reviewer. I am the co-founder of the highly popular arts site www.Cosmoetica.com and have written for a number of newspapers and websites. I have a love for Japanese literature and film (but not just limited to that).


Reviews

Sunday, July 25 2010

The Stories In 'Acts of Worship' Feel Like Practice Runs for Better Things to Come

This is an erratic arrangement of tales that merely offers glimpses into Yukio Mishima’s later greatness as a novelist.


Thursday, July 22 2010

In 'House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories', Dreams and Reality Seduce and Intertwine

These tales are a must read for anyone who enjoys the short fiction form, and if looking for an introduction to Japanese literature, The House of Sleeping Beauties is a good place to begin.


Sunday, July 18 2010

Change Can't Come Fast Enough Within 'The Waiting Years'

It's difficult for any culture to accept change, and after reading The Waiting Years, readers will see just what this culture, and its women, especially, were waiting for.


Tuesday, June 29 2010

Junichiro Tanizaki's 'Naomi' Than Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'

Naomi is often called Tanizaki’s “first important novel”, because not only is the psychology behind sexual obsession uncovered, but it also exposes the contradictions of the culture during that time.


Tuesday, June 22 2010

Beauty and Sadness Proves That With Beauty Comes Power

At a lean 206 pages, much psychological intensity and artistic craft are set within, and universal themes like love, jealousy, revenge and manipulation are all handled with subtlety and beauty.


Blogs

Tuesday, September 21 2010

'Forbidden Colors' Shades of Conformity, Manipulation, Shallowness, Infidelity and Revenge

The characters throughout are, for the most part, miserable, with the gay characters the most miserable of all.


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