- Paperback: 607 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage International Ed edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679775439
- ISBN-13: 978-0679775430
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 909 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Part of my problem trying to absorb (and this is an author you *really* do absorb...He words sink into your bones, into your very tissue...one does not simply read Murakami, if you do, you are not doing it right....)Murakami is that I often get so enthralled with a single passage that my mind must stay and linger there for a great deal of time. Never mind that I have tried to continue on reading, my mind is still caressing a single passage over and over....so in effect, I often find myself having to go back and re read parts of the book....
Now this book. Many questions are asked here...and in true Murakami style, he leaves much to you, the reader, to decide the answers...I often get aggravated with authors that do this, but not with Murakami. He always ends the books in the only way possible to end them!
Yes, he has the moon and the stars in this book. He has good and evil. He has mysterious women....and he has a very simple, ordinary man, faced with what he knows in his heart to be true, even though everyone and everything is saying different. I think this book had a beautiful, fairy tale ending to it. It was so suspenseful in parts (I usually don't get my heart pounding so fast as this book did!)....How far would you go for love? How much faith could you put in what your heart knows to be true, even though you mind tells you it is not? Finally, the question is asked is all you gain in the end worth the price you pay to stay true to your own self?
Of course there are many other aspects to this book...Far too many for me to try to explain or even understand, but this is what will stick with me from this book for a long time.....
as is true with any Murakami novel, you should travel this journey yourself to experience all he has to offer....and remember, you *must* stop and enjoy the scenery...the desalination of his books are only that...the end....the true magic lies in just getting there.....
On many levels the book is brilliant. It is brilliant what Murakami can do with his prose, all the alleys of reality and supra-reality that he is taking or breaking.
Also, his style and his insights about life are brilliant. Where he fails short, here and in other works (1Q85) is tying together all the intriguing story threads that he is creating and then abandoning. I was also a little bored by the story within the story tactic. A few times maybe, if it adds to the plot and main theme, but most of these stories were simple detours, and I skipped pages.
This being said, I highly recommend this book. Even imperfect, or rather, like someone else said here, a cross between smoke and mirrors and staggering genius, he is one of the most interesting contemporary writers.
What he wants to say though seems unclear or maybe not as important to him as it is for his readers. With him, is more about taking an interesting journey, not about the destination. Grab this book asap, if you haven't read it!