Aaah! A book review after long and I am afraid the only one for a long time too. Before this I tried to read “A theory of everything- Ken Wilber” fruitlessly. It was a boring book. Yeah!
I had heard a lot about Murakami so I though of giving him a read and got this. As I came to know this is the third book of “The Rat Trilogy”. But book made sense independently too to some extent ( although not making sense is in the post modernist nature of the book). It has fantastical elements sitting amongst realities and all with very ease. Life goes on sometime weirdly sometimes boringly but it goes on. At the heart of it is a man who is a mediocre dreamer, trying to get into the thick of the boredom when he is suddenly thrown into an adventure, and from then on he sets on to the wild sheep chase. He tries to remain as unaffected as possible. Noting hits him hard, he has learnt to forget things and let them go. At the end of the adventure, he is a changed man in these terms and finally he lends his tears for the broken marriage, gone job and the previous meaningless existence. One could easily trace the hard bolied detective fiction and also the post modernist knitting of the tale.
So, it was fascinating to read but just that. It has not been able to register a big impact on me , either in the terms of tale or in the terms of writing. I guess, it could be attributed to my lowly tastes or something like that, but whatever it is, I was not extremely pleased.