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Hints of Murakami but a unique new voice,
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This review is from: The Man with the Compound Eyes (Hardcover)
I must admit I was drawn to this book by the cover- but the contents didn't disappoint. Initially I didn't really get on with the writing style but the plot was intriguing enough to draw me in.
Whilst it is primarily the story of Alice and Atile'i the narrative strands come from a variety of characters from the missing husband and son to the eponymous Man with the Compound Eyes. There are moments that feel quite Murakami-esque but other moments that feel very different- the novel has a strident ecological theme running through it. Also slightly reminds me of the earlier David Mitchell novels.
The book doesn't feel derivative however, it is probably just the closest thing I can think of in categorising an entirely new reading experience. Part of the pleasure was just learning something about Taiwan, before this I was pretty much a blank state on it. The plot is also very engrossing; exciting, moving, sad and at times completely unpredictable. I was sorry to see this is the only book of his in translation- hopefully it won't be the last1