©2006 Haruki Murakami; (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks
This is definitely an odd book, and I am sure it is full of culture I just don’t get. It was pleasant to listen to and had some memorable lines. If you can stay with it and not be put off when it gets a little to far out, you may like it.
Shall I compare the work of Haruki Murakami to Tolstoy? Perhaps I shall make a parallel to Dostoevsy?
This book is in its own way an art. The craft of language, the hero’s personal world and the depth of the human soul is the truth in its purity. I did not mind the Manturia and the war! How many writes, including Ernest Hemingway wrote about it openly.
This book will throw you off your guard and make you think deep thoughts and guide you into the darkest places of your soul.
Do not be confuse, dear reader! Stay open and enter the world of darkness and light, enter the soul of a man and his journey. This book is a fairly tale of the modern reality. I loved it!
Don't get me wrong; I love a long book, but this one has a lot, and I mean a whole lot, of digression. It is well written, so I made it through the book, but it was a challenge. There is one character in the book who is particularly annoying, and I believe the author did this intentionally. This book should be shorter by half.
Murakami could do with a better editor. I've enjoyed two of his books (Kafka and Norwegian Wood) before this one. I enjoyed this one as well, but the others were more satisfying in a way that is hard to define. This is an extraordinary book and one can appreciate why it won the Yomiuri Prize. However, some of its interludes drag to the point that they become somewhat tedious. The removal of about 20 per cent of the text would have substantially improved the flow of this book, while sacrificing little. As always, Murakami's characters are more off the wall than Humpty Dumpty, and their psychological hang-ups make a typical Woody Allen character seem well-adjusted. Naturally, there is the required hefty dose of Japanese mysticism, in David Lynchian quantities. Not your average novel, but worth it if you have the time. The narrator, Rupert Degas, does a fine job.
This was a bit long, and bogged down at times, but the nature of the story kept me listening. Unusual characters with lots of eccentricity move the plot along. This feature was what kept me intrigued with the book, when I might have just hit the delete button.
If you like magical realism, then this audio is for you. I read this in print over 10yrs ago and was hooked on Murakami for life. Hearing it again in audible, I was equally impressed. I can not wait till audible gets the whole Murakami library, but for now I will relish every title they've recently added.
Although the beginning had a very slow start, I was just becoming somewhat interested in the characters when this book took a bizarre twist. Believe me, I’m open-minded. I have read and listened to thousands of books. I don’t mind bizarre when it’s appropriate, when it works. This book had some interesting moments and characters, but somewhere toward the middle of the book stopped making complete sense. I thought that maybe it was a cultural difference that I just didn’t understand. There were just too many disconnects.
and a great narrator. He really does a good job. It is admiring how he manages to keep the characters voices from one another without mixing. Exciting spinoffs, like the "scenes" from the wwar2 in manchuria.
Mr. Wind-up Bird....yes, i will certainly read more from this author.
This book has an enormous number of episodes, almost all of them trivial and arbitrary, hardly relevant to an extremely dim and unsatisfactory plot. It is rich in detail - too rich for my taste - and includes some interesting Japanese history. If you have a lot of time to spare, and don't mind ridiculous mysticism (taking charge of somebody else's dream, for only one instance) then you might enjoy it. Otherwise, stay away!
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