Higashino, Keigo, “Salvation Of A Saint”.

Usually, I come across books to read through reviews in the newspapers, recommends from friends and family, reading other books, articles, studying, old books I never that I never got around to, presents and loans from my mother, browsing bookshops and the library. I am very fortunate to live opposite the Pembroke Library in Ballsbridge in Dublin and the day before I headed off on a week’s summer holidays, I came across this Japanese novel whilst having a good rummage around.

The back page sold it as a perfect holiday book. I started reading it on a train from Gdansk to Wroclaw and ate up the pages as we sped along to our destination. Yoshitaka died after his coffee was poisoned but the main suspect, his wife Ayane, could not have done it as she was thousands of miles away…

There was no great subtext here, save maybe some meditating on the constant infertility of the protagonists and how they are obsessed with procreation, perhaps redolent of  Japanese society. Surely Japan will admit a large influx of immigrants at some stage. I finished it on the plane home from Wroclaw two days later.

The writing was modest and minimal, yet I cannot definitively draw that conclusion, as I read a translation which always somewhat complicates matters, even more so in Japanese. Some of Murakami’s novels have entire chapters missing from them.

Supposedly, Higashino’s first novel, “Devotion Of Suspect X”, is equally as good. So, a little trip to the library is in order. Just need to book another holiday first…



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