"It just happens to be the way that I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them."
One of my favorite Murakami quotes, in honor of today's US release of 1Q84, which is considered by many as his magnum opus. While some of Murakami's novels are too tedious and slow for me, the ones that I love, I really do love, especially his essays and short stories. There is definitely something about his writing style that is very calming and surreal, sort of like entering into a magical dream space.
As for 1Q84, I saw it at the bookstore today and it is very beautiful. The only hesitation that I have is the weight (its hardbound, 900+ pages) and the fact that I'm also currently reading another heavy book. It took a lot of self-control to put it back on the shelf but I did pick up The Book Thief on impulse. You see, I really have a problem leaving a bookstore empty-handed and its getting to be an expensive habit. Sigh.
You can read more of 1Q84 from this NPR book review here. And is anyone else planning to read this book soon? We can start a little book club.
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