- Series: Kodansha English Library (Book 26)
- Paperback: 165 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha (1987)
- Language: Japanese
- ISBN-10: 4061860267
- ISBN-13: 978-4061860261
- ASIN: B000I1SJBS
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I won't speculate on the author's intentions. With the exception of Paolo Coelho, I think that the author's of books tend to be more closed-mouthed than readers expect, and their true opinions are too hard to discern to be worth parsing out in fiction, particularly since that isn't the point.
This novel takes place over the course of 18 days in August of 1970. In it, the narrator (whose name we are never given) spends his time as all of Murakami's characters do: Reading, eating, listening to music, and loving enigmatic women. In this case, that would be the girl with four fingers on her left hand.
Like all of Murakami's work, there is a minimalistic, surreal feel to this book. It is more clearly fleshed out in his later novels, and this one feels a lot like a precursor to Norweigan Wood, where I expect that Murakami finally told the story that he wanted to tell (he has expressed dissatisfaction with this book and with its sequel, Pinball, 1973).
This is clearly Murakami, though. I have read several reviews of this that called it tepid, but I wouldn't agree. Instead, I would suggest that in it, Murakami is restrained. He has not yet acquired the ambivalent voice that captures simultaneously the frenetic energy and the silent conservativism of modern Japan. Instead, we are treated to the story of two men who really only have each other. They are friends, but the kind of friends amongst whom silence acts not as a buffer or as a shield, or even as a gulf, but rather as a third member of the party. If you don't recognize that, you simply haven't had a friend like that.Read more ›
It is a Murakami book so it is most likely a good read as are all his other books.