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10 September 2007 @ 08:10 pm
After a voracious read (about a hundred pages a day for 6 days), i have finished Kafka on the Shore.

What is it about Murakami that moves me so? Though I'm usually a very slow reader, I seem to just whip through his novels, compelled and propelled from start to finish in what for me is no time at all. In translation, it's probably not as eloquent as it is in Japanese, but honestly, it's not the writing style per se that draws me in. Characters come and go, fulfilling their purpose and then disappearing. Observations and actions may or may not have any purpose. Paths may lead nowhere, or even to anti-climax. But the way everything just melts into a dream that takes you to another reality secretly nestled inside the one you see everyday outside the book. Reading his novels just seems to remind me to look for it. And it's easier to find than one might think.

It was a good day to finish. Now that I'm registered for the JLPT, I'll need to spend more time studying. But I won't forget the toughest 15 year-old in the world for some time.
Mood: satisfied
Music: Mount Eerie - No Flashlight
[PING!] :: You exist.: ulfdresen on September 10th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
I've only read Norwegian Wood, which apparently was something of a departure for him, but I did love it. This may sound like some kind of awful stereotype as well as a very clunky simile, but the writing reminded me of sushi - clean, cool, simple, but still fulfilling and subtle.
Mandafee_b on September 10th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'll have to add that one to the cue. Or maybe just the author in general...
Mellen: do you know what more is?absentmammoth on September 10th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
yeah, you really oughta pick up some Murakami (Haruki, not Ryu).
S0n of N00nbibble on September 10th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
yep exactly. at first i was so annoyed at the prose being dry and kind of pedestrian but somehow even still he just mesmerizes you all the same. kafka was certainly the "best" of the ones ive read so far.
madbibliomancermadbibliomancer on September 11th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, the murakami love is infinite. I just finished A Wild Sheep Chase, it was great! I'll probably read Dance, Dance, Dance next. I'd love to live in a library.