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on 27 April 2017
As a Murakami fan (In particular I love 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore and Hardboiled Wonderland), I was really looking forward to this. It was a major disappointment.
A bit like a much lesser version of Norwegian Wood in style but the main character was insipid and the story was uninspiring and directionless. I did not like the 'reason' for the mystery that drove the story in the beginning and I began to become quite irritated by the ways in which women were being portrayed.
There was so very little of the bizarre that Murakami does so well and without that, and with an absolute overload on the classic Murakami OTT descriptions of features it just really started to annoy me.
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on 12 November 2015
Every year at Nobel prize time somebody says that Murakami ought to win so I thought I would try one of his higher rated novels. I wasn't terribly impressed by this one. Of course things get lost in translation but I found it flat and unengaging. The protagonist is indeed 'colorless' which doesn't help, but there are whole sections where nothing much happens. Partly because the book is set in Japan and has almost exclusively Japanese characters it just about held my interest throughout, but I expect to forget all about it in a week or so and wouldn't hurry to read another Murakami.
3.5
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on 20 September 2015
Another great work by a great author. Like so many of his books, this book speaks to the light and dark of the human condition and the various aspects of human relationships. Strongly recommend you read this book.
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on 1 November 2016
Having fallen out of love with literature for several years Murakami has rekindled the flame .. After a horrific divorce with no explanation these observations on rejection and subsequent confusion were so accutely observed .. happy endings ??
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on 20 September 2017
Fascinating read, an examination of a young mans exclusion, and his journey back.
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on 18 April 2017
Another thought provoking novel from this Japanese master. This time exploring the nature of relationships and the consequences of teenage behaviours resonating in adult life and the uncertain nature of happiness
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on 14 September 2017
not his best book but everything he writes is great
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on 23 March 2017
Very good
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on 9 September 2017
A little odd with some interesting scenarios not fully explored or concluded.
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on 26 August 2017
A return to form for murakami's 'travails of the heart'. Moving, mysterious and melancholy all at once. My favorite author.
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