This a page turner throughout: a fascinating, imperiled protagonist, plenty of twists, and good pacing. The background on art forgery, Boston, and museum politics is enlightening and never extraneous to the character's perspective. As an oil painter, I also appreciated the artistic vision of the characters, as well as the personal history of famous painters which wove throughout the story.
Even in fantasies I want some reality. I can embrace Near Death Experiences(NDEs) and exorcism, but I want the everyday to be connected. When out of cell tower range so that the heroine can't call for help, how can she call a priest? There were many such discrepancies. And locating the killer by means of the hero's having several NDEs was over the top. And then we have his possession by the Devil in the killer.
To me, the book lacked unifying flow of story.
"Farthing" starts like a tea cozy. As it continues, World political influences come into play as Hitler, fear of Jews and Bolsheviks play out on the British upper class potentates. As it ends, Farthing becomes a commentary on all of us, on morality, on the tradeoffs we make- while still retaining the book's character as a period mystery. It is so much more. And so beautifully transitioned
This is one of the richest, deepest, most beautifully written novels I've ever read. It is quirky, amusing, works on various levels, about truth, zoology, coping gracefully with the difficulties of life, different cultures, etc. It is so rich in so many ways & so delightful I hardly know what to say.
Like many of us, Pi is a student of both science & religion. When his parents object to his becoming a Christian, a Hindu & a Muslim simultaneously, he simply says, "I just want to love God."
Pi is about Truth, which is not absolute, but which as quantum physics has documented, is a matter of one viewer's perspective at one moment in time. Pi's life is narrated in an engaging, delightful, a deeply meaningful manner.
I will be thinking this book over for a long time.
If you are looking for fast-paced plot with a twist, this mystery is not for you. If you enjoy the music of language, words as sound, and intriguing - sometimes even quirky - character study, you will find it here.
Without visual spelling of the names, I occasionally struggled to identify which character was which. But this was a minor obstacle.
The book left me with the heaviness one has after an Igmar Bergman movie. For that reason my next selection will be less intense. But I definitely will return to Murakami, especially if the narrator is Yaegashi.
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