What would it look like if the beloved Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice were to enter a new era and somehow become the captain of a football team? This is one of many ideas that became Sansei and Sensibility, a book of stories by Karen Tei Yamashita.
This book doesn’t seem like a book that is read for pleasure. It seems more like the kind of literature that is read in college for educational purposes. Yamashita was a National Book Award Finalist, so I don’t doubt her talent for crafting a piece of written artwork that shows precision or skill.
Liking a book is similar to ordering food at a restaurant: shall you order a burger? What about a steak? Red wine or white wine? The skill level of the chef if the same, but if it’s not what you ordered, you won’t be satisfied.
So it is with this book. If you expect a light, fluffy, read, you will not be satisfied. If you expect a heavy, academic read, you will probably be satisfied. I was expecting something more like a mass-produced fiction book that can easily be read in the weekend, and I couldn’t finish this book, despite trying several times. I think I can still say that the author has talent. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.