Yes, probably. Because it's not a simple book and many of the lines drawn are revealed along the stories and they left me wondering for a long time on many of them.. I would like to revisit them a second time to think them over with a different depht.
The revelation of the interconexion of the two worlds, inner and outer. Classic Murakami, but here explored in a very specific aproach, a bit more on the futuristic side - very interesting ideas! Deserving more thought!
Can't choose.. They are all great. But I had a lot of fun with the Pink Girl :)
This is not my favorite Murakami, but it is so rich in themes that I can't forget it.
I love this author but this was not one if my favorites. I will purchase other books by this author.
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two parallel stories of love, existence and nature of self. intriguing neuropsychology and the metaphysically transcendent.
Murakami explores the well trodden topic of human consciousness/sub- consciousness in an exceedingly imaginative and insightful manner. The layers of symbolism and representation are profound. Murakami is, without question, one of the great writers of our time.
It stays very promising with technician performing an important but routine assignment, a man stepped out his shadow a strange town, then it just goes nowhere. I stuck it out to the end hoping something would happen but it never did. I have listened to 60 hours of Sherlock Holmes stories in less elapsed time than it took to get through this.
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Not happy with the ending. But it's poetic. So will live with it. Starts well. Slow in the middle. Performance of narrators is good. The translation is awesome. Loved the story overall.
The quality of the reader's voice and his tone was just unbearable. I give the story 5 stars because it is Murakami. But I have no idea because it was too grating to endure.
There are problems with the narration, which is unfortunate because for the most part the guy's voice is easy to listen to. That said, when you have to pull out a dictionary, search google, and ultimately consult an e-book to determine if the guy's pronunciation is off, or if Murakami is making up new words for the story there's a problem. For example, the word "sanctuary" is used many times throughout the novel, and yet the narrator insists on pronouncing it "SANG-turry." Another example is the word "pathos" in which he says "path - aws" every time it appears in the text. These and similar mispronunciations will be distracting to readers who are used to hearing these words.
Beyond that, if you've read a lot of Haruki Murakami and are just coming across this book, you may be a disappointed that this book deviates from his usual formula of having a painfully ordinary guy placed in a fantastic circumstance, because the protagonist of the first narrative is anything but ordinary. So much that it took me nearly a third of the book to realize that it wasn't a strange world that the story was unfolding it, it was a guy with a strange background interacting with what he knows. I much prefer the style of his later books.