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Time for a change, Mr. Murakami?,
This review is from: Sputnik Sweetheart (Panther) (Paperback)
This may be the last Murakami book that I read until the author finds some new inspiration. In itself, it contains the beautiful, haunting yet simple language we have come to expect from Murakami, yet none of the themes presented in 'Sputnik Sweetheart' develop those in his other works.
So again we have a nihilistic male narrator, thoroughly westernised as ever. His beloved is a screw-up, not attractive by most people's standards. The difference this time is that she is a lesbian, but really Sumire and Miu are foils for the deadened passion of K.
Hair colour, cats, wells, ears...it's all there again, but with none of the complexity of 'Wind-up Bird Chronicle' or the emotional nakedness and terrible sadness of 'Norwegian Wood'.
Let's hope for better soon.