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I loved this book,
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This review is from: After Dark (Hardcover)
Like many other reviewers here I have read all of the English translations of Murakami's work. I am slightly surprised by the mixed/negative reviews here. At the same time I am a bit disappointed that we all haven't shared the same experience, because I loved this book. I think it is among his best work, and I think that it is a must-read for anyone looking to start on Murakami's literature. I lived in Tokyo and know Shinjuku quite well, so the description of the area is very evocative to me (you may already know that the look of Blade Runner is modeled on Shinjuku). Apart from that, I thought the dialog was nearly perfect, and that the expression of Japanese youth was very subtle but precise. Not to mention the sort-of love story and the sort-of love between the sisters. Both of these are very realistic and moving. Maybe my views are the exception here, but since the book is a short 200 pages, you don't have to invest too much time to decide for yourself.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2014 14:33:48 GMT
Good review. I am looking forward to my copy arriving. I too used to live in Tokyo, near Gotanda actually and I worked in Shinjuku so, no doubt, I will find the setting as evocative as you did. I didn't know that the look of Blade Runner was based on Shinjuku but now you tell me I can see the likeness!
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