The Love We Share Without Knowing

The Love We Share Without Knowing On a train filled with quietly sleeping passengers a young man s life is forever altered when he is miraculously seen by a blind man In a quiet town an American teacher who has lost her Japanese love

  • Title: The Love We Share Without Knowing
  • Author: Christopher Barzak
  • ISBN: 9780553385649
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • On a train filled with quietly sleeping passengers, a young man s life is forever altered when he is miraculously seen by a blind man In a quiet town an American teacher who has lost her Japanese lover to death begins to lose her own self On a remote road amid fallow rice fields, four young friends carefully take their own lives and in that moment they become almost as oOn a train filled with quietly sleeping passengers, a young man s life is forever altered when he is miraculously seen by a blind man In a quiet town an American teacher who has lost her Japanese lover to death begins to lose her own self On a remote road amid fallow rice fields, four young friends carefully take their own lives and in that moment they become almost as one In a small village a disaffected American teenager stranded in a strange land discovers compassion after an encounter with an enigmatic red fox, and in Tokyo a girl named Love learns the deepest lessons about its true meaning from a coma patient lost in dreams of an affair gone wrong.

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    About Author

    1. Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which was made into the Sundance feature film, Jamie Marks is Dead His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, is a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book He is also the author of Before and Afterlives, which won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

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    1. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time Top five for sure Certainly my favorite opening chapter of all time Pure poetry from beginning to end not literally, but you know what I mean It s not always the most uplifting book ever, but there s real magic to be found in it And I m not talking about Harry Potter magic, either It influenced me to view the world in a whole different way It strengthened my belief in the human condition Reminded me how much we all need each other in this wor [...]


    2. Christopher Barzak is a writer from Ohio who went to Japan sound familiar I actually met him there and had a conversation with him and Yoshio Kobayashi.And his second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing , is a book I recommend to Everyone including my parental units It s the intertwining story, centered in Ami, Japan, of a group of people and how love and death touches their lives.But the reason I recommend this book, is because there are very few Western authors who can write about Japan, [...]


    3. This book is hauntingly, achingly beautiful So much of the fantasy genre is dedicated to escapism, but this book doesn t make me want to escape It makes me want to run out and hop on a plane to halfway around the word so I can kiss a stranger in a city I ve never been to before It makes me want to embrace life in all its wonderful and terrible ways.



    4. We live in a world of illusion I m telling you this up front because I don t want you thinking this story is going to have a happy ending It won t make any sense out of sadness It won t redeem humanity in even a small sort of way Such begins Christopher Barzak s second novel, and it could describe his philosophy on writing He seems obsessed with death and dead characters, imagining a world that few of us even want to think about Add to that the fact that these are short stories, connected by cha [...]


    5. There is a particular kind of science fiction that delves into the mysteries of otherness , such as the works of Ursula K Le Guin The Love We Share Without Knowing reminds me of such Le Guin masterworks as Always Coming Home, as both deal with the rituals of alien cultures Then again, Christopher Barzak also reminds me strongly of William Gibson and David Mitchell, but also particularly of Graham Joyce and Jonathan Carroll.There is such a plethora of authors and books available today that we ine [...]


    6. The terrible thing about love that it takes away your safety net, your balancing pole Even the tightrope you walk upon will disappear beneath you, yet love expects you to keep walking anyway, arms outstretched, one foot after another, or nothing than air Christopher Barzak presents this novel as nine interwoven short stories, written while he was living in Japan The stories present the complexity of love like the streets of Tokyo and other cities through which the characters travel The novel wo [...]


    7. I read this than 6 months ago, and so the book is not fresh in my mind However, it is one of those books that holds a special place in my heart, and I m sure I ll read it again It is a brilliantly written collection of short stories that elegantly weave together with overlapping characters This book is haunting, but in a magical not scary way It had elements of fairy tale in it It poignantly touched on themes like friendship, isolation, identity, love, pain, and growth One of my all time faves [...]


    8. A book written with such poetry and life almost like each chapter had it s own separate heartbeat It grew louder and louder begging to be heard By the end of the book each beat that was separated once now beat in unison so loud it can be heard long after you turn the last page.


    9. I could be flip and say I hated this book, and that wouldn t be too far from the truth I read it for a book club, otherwise I would have put it down after a few chapters I m glad I stuck it out, though, as the last two chapters were actually pretty good, and I also realized a little bit about the structure of the novel as a whole There is some craft here, some intent to the writing The Love We Share Without Knowing great title, by the way is a series of interlocking stories set in Japan Each ch [...]


    10. This book is filled with so many tiny little beautiful lines, hidden in sad paragraphs It s hard not to feel depressed after reading this, even though there are bright spots of hope every once in awhile Every story in this book is interconnected, in the same way a movie like Love, Actually has multiple characters threading in and out of each other s lives I sometimes found it difficult to remember which character was which, never quite sure what the author was alluding to or what connections he [...]


    11. Have we unfairly placed this novel in the SF section That s where Barzak and his fans come from, but this story will appeal to those who normally don t touch the genre As far as classification difficulties go, many critics felt it was a stretch to call The Love We Share Without Knowing a novel rather than a short story collection But few held this against Barzak, and it was clear that every reviewer fell in love with at least one story from the book Critics also appreciated Barzak s light fantas [...]


    12. The Love We Share Without Knowing is a richly woven series of narratives surrounding communication, love, and the complications of identity created by our own human nature Barzak s talent for articulating with few words what I ve found impossible with many is what sets his work apart from anything else I ve read The range of feeling and emotional depth that hides beneath each sentence is astonishing For the second time, Barzak s work has been the hand that reaches out to my soul, not only offeri [...]


    13. If at first the haphazard sections in Christopher Barzak s The Love We Share Without Knowing throw you off, don t worry he ll soon take your hand and explain every theme again and again in as simple a way as possible so you won t have any trouble seeing how they fit together Normally I enjoy when authors fragment narratives, but I only appreciated Barzak s decision to splinter his narrative in almost every section because if the individual sections were extended, they would be too dull to read S [...]


    14. Yes, there is than a passing resemblance to Murukami in approach and certainly in setting, but Barzak is accessible and poetic in prose There is a tendeness toward his characters, to the human condition and the complications of love, that sets him apart Highly recommended.


    15. 5 star title Backed up by a good read Very much enjoyed many of the intertwined stories in this novel is it really one Some magical realism and a Japanese setting make the comparison to murakami obvious though this stands on its own.


    16. I really loved these stories they were engrossing and and absorbing I wanted to know , to be there and that s the best kind of feeling you can get from a book Interwoven stories can be tricky but this was beautifully written.


    17. Melancholy, well written I cannot describe this as a series of short stories, they are like vignettes, powerful scenes showing the sometimes subtle, sometimes intense relationships between people.




    18. I read this a few years ago I loved it, and still consider it one of the most beautiful and haunting books I ve ever read I m definitely due for a reread.


    19. This book is so beautiful The descriptions of Japanese culture and the way the characters lives intersected were masterfully done It s a story of love and death and I enjoyed every chapter.


    20. My favorite to date love everything about this book The precise choice of words to convey a place and a people and a moment I cannot say enough.


    21. Has all the elements that should make me love it beautiful prose, magical realism, nuanced themes, interconnected characters And this is a good book But it just doesn t quite make it past that There s a touch too much pretension and navel gazing for my liking, and things just don t quite connect in a way that really works.



    22. The idea here disappointments with love has been done a couple of times before, or perhaps a few gazillion times Still, it s a theme that never gets old Barzak definitely had some interesting takes on it But I wonder if he fell victim to the pressure to try to treat this age old topic in a new and unique way Actually, he succeeded in coming up with an innovative approach, but that may have taken away than it added.He s dealing with heavy topics here including suicide and malevolently induced co [...]


    23. So previously on , I wrote about how much I disliked Barzak s debut novel, One for Sorrow I enjoyed The Love We Share Without Knowing a great deal , and would have given it 3.5 stars if that had been an option Couple things 1 I added this book to the to read pile because it s nominated for a 2009 Nebula, but it s not particularly science fiction or even fantasy, it s fiction with a touch of magical realism The one thing that still drives me crazy about Barzak is that his characters indulge in a [...]


    24. Dear God, what a depressing book I mean, it was lovely, but just kick me in the gut a couple of times or something because OW The Love We Share Without Knowing is not technically a novel, although it s been classified as one by some sort of consensus that I was not a part of The book is comprised of a series of interconnected stories, all with different narrators, different writing styles, and different types of POV I suppose it s technically a novel because each story does depend on all the oth [...]


    25. Of the 2009 Nebula finalists I ve read, this is easily the best It s structured as a sequence of interrelated short character pieces, told from a variety of points of view, that unite into one beautiful and humane thread Each story touches only very lightly on the others, some events are told separately from the perspective of each of the two participants Part of the reward is identifying when that is happening.The book starts off with the portrayal of each of the four members of a Suicide Club, [...]


    26. Sometimes you re not sure about a writer the moment you open a book That happened to me with Christopher Barzak s The Love We Share Without Knowing I love novels that are made of linked stories, so I was kind of on his side from the beginning, but I refrained from commitment through the first two stories in the book This is not because the first two stories, Realer than You and The Suicide Club, are not good stories They are perfectly good stories, but they didn t reach into my soul and yank In [...]


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