Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m not quite sure where to begin, but after finishing a Murakami novel, that’s not altogether too surprising. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is oft’ touted as Murakami’s best and most notable work, and that’s what I was hoping for – to be completely blown away. And yet, despite the book being bizarre and ambitious […]

Ryu Murakami – 69

The vibrant cover of this book caught my attention while I was drifting through eighteen miles of books in New York a couple of months ago, and I ended up purchasing it. In The Miso Soup and Piercing have been on my radar for a few months, but considering that this is semi-autobiographical, I thought […]

David Mitchell – Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten is David Mitchell’s first novel, and on finishing it, I’ve now read all his works, which pleases me greatly. Of course, the fact that this is a tremendous debut adds to the pleasure, albeit, I really do wish there was another Mitchell on my shelf, just waiting to be read. The sub-title of the […]

Haruki Murakami – South of the Border, West of the Sun

This is the fifth book by Murakami that I have read, and excluding What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I have to say it’s the most subtle. The magical realism and bizarreness that I expect from Murakami’s writing is missing, which is almost disappointing. However, this book is strangely reminiscent of Norwegian […]

Haruki Murakami – Kafka On The Shore

Surrealism. I’ve reached the conclusion that it’s the only word that can be used to describe Murakami’s books. Kafka on the Shore is no exception. Leeches and fish rain down, there’s a character called Johnnie Walker, and another called Colonel Saunders (of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame), a mysterious childhood “accident” results in one of the characters […]

David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet

In terms of books being confusing and complex, this one ranks right up there. New characters being introduced every couple of pages, the story taking dramatic turns, changing from showing corruption while trading in the 18th-19th century to a surreal adventure story, and there’s a love story thrown in, just for good measure as well. […]

Haruki Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase

The amazing thing about Murakami’s books is, you never know what you’re going to get – when that bridge between reality and surrealism will get crossed, and, what avenues the surrealism will take. Past experiences with Murakami have also taught me that the story is not going to be like anything I’ve read before. Experience […]

Natsuo Kirino – Out

Desperation leads one to do strange things; things one would not do under normal circumstances – things one would not even consider. This is the essence of one of the bleakest books I’ve read this year: Out. Natsuo Kirino’s bestseller follows four women working in a bento-box factory, who turn their lives upside down, as […]

Angela Carter – Fireworks

After being absolutely delighted with The Magic Toyshop, which has probably been my favourite book this year, I picked up Fireworks, a collection of short stories by Angela Carter. At the very outset, I should say this: I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. Sure, there are exceptions, but, more often than not, I […]

Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood

So far, this year, I’ve read two books that can only be described as ‘coming of age’ books. This year, I’ve read two books based in Tokyo, where the protagonist comes from some small village in Japan, and have come to Tokyo with a purpose. This year, I’ve read two books that have the title […]

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