Rating: 4 stars
I was reminded of this book today. Someone who is following the Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge on The Reader’s Room read it. I read it because I loved The Housekeeper and The Professor, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. Which isn’t to say it’s bad. It is compelling. Ogawa’s writing is matter of fact about the strange relationship that unfolds between a 17 year old girl stuck working at her mother’s hotel and the man 50 years her senior that she encounters one night at the hotel. I was shocked at the way things turn out, but couldn’t look away. It took me a little over two hours to read it start to finish in one sitting. That’s quite a recommendation, but it’s not for the conservative or easily disturbed.
10 September 2014
Hotel Iris was a bit of a shock! I hadn’t read any reviews or blurb about it. Very different subject matter to The Housekeeper and The Professor. The same engaging, matter of fact writing style, though. It was only 176 pages, so I polished it off quite quickly this afternoon. Compelling if discomfiting stuff!