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This review is from: Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) (Paperback)
I'm not sure how much I enjoyed this. To begin with I was enthralled by its strangeness and felt confident that Murakami was laying out this weirdness in order to display a magnificent truth in the finale. But as the novel meandered on I grew more and more sceptical, until the final chapters became rather a drudge.
Although my suspicions were well founded and there is no grand reveal at the end, I ended up feeling quite content to have been washed along by this drowsy dream.
From a writer's point of view there are many fascinating aspects Murakami's writing. Firstly there are a tremendous amount of worldwide cultural references from European folk tales, to American pop culture, to Japanese Shinto. These are all interesting, and slightly humbling. But even more noticeable is the technique of writing such bizarre fantasy with such a pragmatic style. If you imagine, for instance, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to be a gargantuan oil painting, fiery battles stretching the length of a gallery wall, this would be a small, black and white photograph of a minotaur buying sushi at the supermarket.