annie blue wrote:Socializard and Kevin, I noticed your comments about Murakami way back - I haven't been on this thread before. I bought 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman' last summer and was soooooooooooooooo frustrated with it. Each story started beautifully but the endings were so flat. I persevered only so far then one hot afternoon, other half and I were in garden, drinking vino and reading respective books. I said 'if this one doesn't have a good ending, the book's going over the wall'. He eventually leapt over into the allotment to retrieve it from the vegetable patch for me but I haven't touched it since.
Currently reading 'The Fortress of Solitude' by Jonatham Lethem - superb! Read 'Birdsong' and 'Chesil Beach' already this year. Both very good reading.
hey annie blue. sorry for the delayed response. murakami does end things a little awkwardly sometimes. kind of like his biggest influence raymond carver. sometimes it is frustrating...and sometimes leaving things in the air rings more true about life than anything he could spell out. whether that works for us as readers will of course vary...d'oh. blind willow is a collection of stories that happened for him throughout his career so some do feel hit or miss (unlike the elephant vanishes where he specifically set out for a short story collection at a specific point in his career). i thought blind willow's stories were a good collection (even my dad enjoyed the first few. we were on a flight together and he borrowed the book to help kill time.)....but i personally think murakami is a much stronger novelist. hope you give the guy another chance. i really loved the novel, wind up bird chronicle. i've read nearly everything hes written (that has been translated to english anyways...) and wind up bird and kafka on the shore seem to be my two favorites. "norwegian wood" was also an awesome novel. its a little short and not as filled with the magic realism that both wind up bird and kafka on the shore had for me.
anyways...i'm rambling and this is getting long. if you're looking to give the guy another chance i say check out wind up bird chronicle. definitely post your thoughts on it if you do get a chance to read it.