Hello everyone! My name is Dmitrii Zhelnov, and this is my book blog. Here, I would like to provide you with short reviews and reflections on books that seem interesting to me. I hope that you will find this blog informative and useful.

Today I would like to talk about a book, written by Japanese author Miyazawa Kenji. He is well known for writing short stories and poems for kids. However, a great amount of those stories have a much deeper meaning than they seem to have. Thus, I would like to tell you about his novel called “Milky Way Railroad” also known as “Night on the Galactic Railroad”. 

This book made a great impression on me. When I read it for the first time, I didn’t understand most of its hidden questions. To better understand it, I had to re-read it for a couple of times, and the more I read it, the more I liked it. The book has a well-developed storyline accompanied by great philosophical questions. It is about a boy whose name is Giovanni. He lives with his sick mother, and he has to work to earn money for family, while his father is on the expedition. In his dreams the boy travels on a fantastic train through the Milky way.  During his journey, he sees a lot of interesting places and meets different kinds of people. While the story might remind of a fairytale, it actually has a great philosophical background. It provides the author’s thoughts on life and death, true happiness, and relationship between people. The writer presents these thoughts through a bright and colorful description of events and well-crafted dialogues.

Overall, I would like to recommend this book to both kids and adults. While the first will consider this book a fairytale, the latter will enjoy its deep philosophical thoughts. However, not everyone will like it because of its complicated writing style.


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