1Q84 by Haruki Murakami My rating: 4 of 5 stars Though critical reception was split (the NY Times hated it, The Millions discusses Murakami’s worthiness of a Nobel prize), I thoroughly enjoyed it. For Murakami fans, it has everything we like about Murakami books: matter of fact blurring between the real and the magical, cultural and literary references, bachelors cooking dinner,...
A Weekend in Chengdu (or PANDAS!)
Nick and I had a great weekend in Chengdu. Just over two hours away from Chongqing via high speed rail, it’s an easy trip, complete with beautiful hilly Sichuan landscape (colored with brilliant yellow blooming rapeseed) along the way. Now I understand what Peter Hessler was talking about. The main attraction: PANDAS! I finally got to see my first real Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base...