Liveblogging the Murakami

This guy is blogging his read of the new Murakami novel, in English, in case any of you are dying to get all the details before the inevitable translation. As a bonus, he kind of sounds like a Murakami narrator.

And as a double bonus, he’s one of the people who thought 1Q84 was not very good (me too) and thinks this book has the potential to transcend that failure.

4:48: As usual, I will give my own translation of the first sentence, which is a damn good one and has me pumped up for MURAKAMI回復: “From July of his second year in college until January of the following year, Tsukuru Tazaki lived his life thinking almost entirely about death.”

BOOM! He’s back! He’s writing about college guys and death. Maybe I should cut my losses now and stop reading. Although as long as we stay away from the Little People, I think we’ll be safe.

A good thing to note is that we’re being told this in wide angle summary; it feels already like this book will cover more ground than 1Q84 (which took place over a claustrophobic six months) because time has passed quickly. Maybe we won’t get as bogged down with scenes.

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