I have to admit that I've avoided Amélie Nothomb until now because of her face: printed on every book cover, it didn't inspire me to trust her writing. My mind works in strange ways sometimes.
The curiosity got the better of me though, so now I must admit that I may have been wrong... I've immediately took to this book! I like the writing style and the humor, but I'll have to finish it in order to form a more accurate opinion about Amélie Nothomb.
So... I must admit I was definitely wrong. I loved her writing, her humor, so now I am eager to read more of her books. Fear and Trembling
was a surprising insight into life in a Japanese corporation, but also into a Japanese woman's way of thinking and behaving. I was truly amazed and at the same time I wondered whether the same facts apply to the new generations of women in Japan.
On a side note: she talks about the perfect Japanese nose, so I googled it. Some unexpected results showed up: I found out there is a device to straighten and even lift a nose (does it really work?!):
I also found out about the longest nose in history, measuring 19 cm and belonging to Thomas Wedders, an 18th century Yorkshireman who worked in a sideshow for a circus. :))