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review 2019-01-06 21:21
Flawless writing
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Philip Gabriel,Haruki Murakami

Tsukuru Tazaki has four best friends at school and one day for some reason they all refuse to speak to him or indeed have anything further to do with him....why? That is really all that you need to know about this wonderful book and apart from an unexpected conclusion, which not everyone might find acceptable (however I did) the book is up to the very high standards that is the watchword of Murakami. The writing is flawless and flows effortlessly..."She were gently peeling back, one after another, the layers that covered a person's heart, a very sensual feeling"...."Because everyone's seeking the same thing; an imaginary place, their own castle in the air, and their very own special corner of it"....."Things that have form will disappear. But certain feelings stay with us for ever"......."Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star"....Highly Recommended

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review 2018-12-25 18:54
Beautiful lyrical writing
South of the Border, West of the Sun - Philip Gabriel,Haruki Murakami

Hajime is a self made man. He owns two piano jazz bars has an adoring wife and two wonderful children. But Hajime has a problem he cannot get the image of his close childhood friend Shimamoto from his mind. One day many years later a beautiful elegant lady sits drinking in one of his bars. As he closely scrutinizes this lone customer he suddenly realizes that this is none other than Shimamoto. From that moment on Hajime is totally besotted with her and realizes even though he is happily married, Shimamoto is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with...So what happens when you have it all and temptation not only arrives but welcomes you openly with warm and loving arms.....

 

Haruki Murakami in his addictive writing style shows a deep understanding of the human condition, the relationships that we form and the allurements that entice us. He shows a world that is deceptively simple and introduces characters that are always slightly flawed (but surely we are all flawed) . It is therefore very easy for the reader to associate with the players in this wonderfully readable novel...."We were the two of us, still fragmentary beings, just beginning to sense the presence of an unexpected, to- be- acquired reality that would fill us and make us whole"......"Because everyone's seeking the same thing: an imaginary place, their own castle in the air, and their very own special corner of it."....."Things that have form will disappear. But certain feelings stay with us forever."...."Sometimes when I look at you I feel I'm gazing at a distant star"......"The special something I'd found ages ago in that melody was no longer there. It was still a beautiful tune, but nothing more. And I had no intention of lingering over the corpse of a beautiful song.".......

 

Beautiful lyrical writing and highly recommended.

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text 2018-12-15 08:54
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
South of the Border, West of the Sun - Philip Gabriel,Haruki Murakami

More beautiful writing and elegant prose from Haruki Murakami...

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review 2018-12-09 17:56
Simply sublime
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

A few years ago I read "What I talk about when I talk about running" which was an introduction to the wonderful world and easy writing style of Haruki Murakami. Why it has taken me so long to read more of his works I do not understand but having just finished the astounding Norwegian Wood I plan to read everything that this truly wonderful author has ever written. Norwegian Wood takes place at the end of the 60's and early 70's and follows the adventure and student life of Toru Watanabe and his love and torn loyalties for two women :Naoko (girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki who committed suicide by hanging) and an impulsive young woman called Midori, one representing the future and one the past.

 

This story is a celebration of life at a time when free love was the norm and the songs of the Beatles were changing the face of popular music and culture as we knew it. Through Watanabe we enter a world of easy friendships and relationships, a world of casual sex and untimely death mixed with pain and suffering loss and desire. I loved the easy manner that Murakami told his story a simple style yet with every sentence having a deep impact on the reader as we are taken on a memorable journey following the highs and lows of a group of young people at an impressionable time in their lives and in an ever changing world...simply wonderful and inspiring. Highly Recommended.

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text 2018-12-07 08:18
Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 296 pages.
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

This is superb writing the only other book I have read by Haruki Murakami is What I talk about when I talk about running. In Norwegian Wood the writing is effortless and just flows the pages pass by I so look forward to reading more by this literary genius...

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