This story is redundant. I had not read anything by Murakami; the book was given to me as a Christmas gift. I don't particularly like stories that are the "science fiction" type. However, I continued to listen because the plot was interesting at first--then it just got slow. I found myself speeding up the read and skipping sections. It is entirely too long; however, I think the readers do convey the Japanese setting.
I was repulsed by the description of "The Leader" having a sustained erection while he was paralyzed and mounted by ten-year-old prepubescent girls. I also think the repetitive descriptions of breasts left me bored.
The plot is definitely different.
The dog's thinking and witty lines.
Oh, his voice and humor added so much! He got into that dog's body.
The love of the dog for his master .
Just get it and listen with a fellow dog lover. You'll laugh and cry together.
I loved this book. I learned so much about Hungary. The country was ravaged by war and leaders. The stories of the Jewish traumas are so personal and poignant. Beautiful writing!
Reader was slow, boring and dry. I could not stand the story, but I stuck with it for half the book. Finally, decided I had better things to do with my time and many wonderful books to read (or listen to.) I have listened to all of Steig Larrson's books and loved them; this was recommended for me;not in the same league.
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