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This is not my cup of tea. I still have an hour to slog through this and I don't see how any of the multiple strings of stories can be tied together. I don't recall having to take this long to get through a book. Most of the characters are not likable, the story line is so disjointed. I have to say, this book is like having a very strange dream and trying to tell someone about it - and the more you tell the less sense it makes - to even you. First and last of Murakami for me. Lesson learned. I will finish just to see if there is any redemption...
Rupert Degas did an unbelievable job giving life to all the different characters, male and female, old and young. I would give him 5 stars definitely. The story itself, I'm not so sure. I frequently did not understand what was going on.
I liked this book but was a bit puzzled by the creation of mystery simply to create a book. Still, the book held my interest and some of the stories in this chronicle are wonderful and memorable.
The reading was excellent.
I was disappointed by this one. Being a lover of Japanese culture, I have enjoyed other Japanese novels, but this one was just too weird for me. I'm not a fan of Kafka so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Parts of the novel are a bit pornographic and other parts drag on about the Japanese occupation of Manturia. I ended up abandoning it about one third of the way through.