Because I hate packing more than anything in the whole world, I’d like to tell you about the best book I read this year, A Rabbit’s Eyes by Kenjiro Haitani, published by the ubercool Vertical Books. And also because I’m anxious that I’m not packing when I really, really should be packing I’ll keep my comments brief.
A Rabbit’s Eyes is unbelieveably good and strange and very hard to describe. Told from the point of view of a brand-new, eager-to-be-good teacher, it’s all about this kid, Tetsuzo, who doesn’t speak and breeds flies (not houseflies though, they’re dirty). It’s wry and touching and I hate to say it—heartwarming, but in a totally non-vomitous way. It’s not like anything I’ve ever read before. In the best way, I never knew where the story was going. As soon as I finished I went back to the beginning and started over and it was even better on a second read. I love this book.
I go pack now.