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“I thought for sure I was going to give this book 5 stars. I started out intrigued and couldn't put the book down and then with 100 pages left Murakami lost me. Too many side tracks? Murakami seems to enjoy side stories that seem slightly connected but not enough to keep me interested. I got frustrated and it took me nearly as long to read the last 100 pages of the book than it did the first 500.”Lynsey wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Weird, wonderful, and riveting. Found it hard to keep pace with the untraditional story-telling, but loved it all the same.”Gwrark wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“there's a dreamlike quality to even the most everyday situations our narrator undertakes as he searches for what he's lost, what he's about to lose, and the things he never knew he had. every chapter is an encounter with something unfamiliar, and i find myself wondering how all of this is going to knit itself together. while i don't speak or write Japanese, the translation feels very true to the language in which it was written.”Ann Wilkinson wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sehr lehrreich, leicht esoterisch angehaucht, lässt einen über das Leben nachdenken und erschüttert, aber zeigt einem gleichzeitig so viel mehr als die Realität die wir wahrzunehmen meinen.”Bookamania wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Can't believe a Haruki Murakami book could be disappointing.”Andreea wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very abstract, very complex. I couldn't get many parts. But I like the way the main character, Torou, was developed and evolved over the course of the novel”Khang Nguyen wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my all time favorite books because it was the first Murakami book I read. Read it in college and still my favorite 20 years later.”Karen Lechelt wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ha sido más fácil de leer que Harry Potter! xDDD... más de 500 páginas y lo leí más rápido que otros libros más chiquitos xD Es una historia con hartos hechos raros que te atrapa hasta el final, el protagonista es medio cojinova, pero tiene muy buenos personajes y cada uno más raro que el otro. No me gustó que dejaran tantos cabos sueltos, al final y que dejara tantas cosas sin explicación. Pero de que lo disfrutas, lo disfrutas. También es fashion-obsession y medio freudiano porque todo lo ve sexo! xDD”Samantha Nunez wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those books that makes me ask "Where have you been all my life?!?!"
I've heard praise for Murakami since I was in grad school (graduated nearly 8 years ago), but had never managed to read one of his books. I'm so, so glad that I finally did.
This starts a little slow. And weird. And cryptic. And told in a first-person narrative voice that doesn't exactly draw you in. A man, recently unemployed, put on the task of finding a lost cat. But oh, where it goes from there. Sweeping, surreal, brilliant. It's one of those works -- like the middle half of 100 Years of Solitude -- which makes me wish I knew more about the politics and history of the region where it's set, because it seems to be brimming with allegories just out of reach. But it's much more accessible than 100 Years, and has a far better through line. Pieces always fit into place, accumulating, working toward a conclusion that makes sense of what came before.
If much of Murakami's work has the same effect, of pulling me into a strange world made of both real and unreal, past and present, where I get lost with the characters and care about what happens to them, then I will be reading more of his novels.