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If you love Murakami...
, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Hear the wind sing (Paperback Bunko)
Face it, if you find yourself reading this book (and you are not fluent in Japanese), then you are a Murakami addict. Otherwise you'd have never found yourself grasping this incredibly tiny book (I feel like a giant holding it- I think it's A6-size?)
This is the first in the Triology of the Rat, which culminates in Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance. As mentioned before, it's a TINY book, and not a huge deal happens. Our narrator gets very drunk on beer (as Murakami ages, his narrators seem to refine their alcohol tastes), talks to the Rat, pursues a four-fingered girl and tells us about a (fictitious) writer Derek Heartfield, which he uses to tell a couple of surreal tales. Beyond that though it lacks the magical realism that permeates most of his later novels.
If by some fluke of chance this is the first Murakami book you find yourself reading, you'll probably think it is terrible and give it one star. If you've read most of his back catalogue, then you'll find it an interesting addition as you can start to see how his ideas and writing style are coalescing.
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