The Great Passage is a slow paced, winding story of offbeat characters. Simple, enjoyable and interesting, The Great Passage explores the trials of creating a Japanese dictionary. The most interesting aspects of this book were learning about Japanese words and how they fluctuate over time, specifically how they are impacted by changes in social behavior and modern lingo.
If you're looking for a fast paced read with lots of action and drama, this book isn't for you. But, if you're interested in a deeper look into the human connection and the inspiration of words, then this story is definitely for you.
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Josh Malerman is best known for his best selling novel and Netflix movie Bird Box and I was lucky enough to interview him back in 2015 (see the interview here). Inspection is just as well written as Malerman's other works, but follows a drastically different plot than Bird Box. The Alphabet Boys and Letter Girls are raised on the theoretical values of a wealthy husband and wife. Raised in fear of being "spoiled rotten" and the punishment of "the Corner" none of the children have forgotten the unexplained deaths of their childhood friends. A social experiment gone wrong, raising children on lies appears to be more detrimental to the children than raising them without the distraction of the opposite gender. Another great read by Josh Malerman.
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