All Talk and No Action Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Guardian and the Complete Review are must visit places for all book lovers.

Often, I came across Haruki Murakami on many an author's must read list. This is how the Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman came to adorn my book shelf.


Image Courtesy : Jing Reed's blog

The book, a collection of short stories, all of which are set in Japan, is a treat for lovers of surrealism.

Most of Murakami's heroes are every day Joes who experience uncommon situations. Each plot is as implausible as it gets and every character has queer mannerisms. However, common themes of loss, loneliness, deceit and fear are woven beautifully into all stories.


So good is Murakami with his art that by the end of each chapter you will have met with fear and loneliness, in person.


What also makes the book an absolute page turner, is Murakami's lucid story telling. Even though most stories deal with dark themes and depressing milieu, there is always a tinge of thrill to the climax. Also, with time, you will realise that Murakami gives much space to his characters. There is no hurry to unveil their circumstances or idiosyncrasies. As a reader, you will have to be patient and let the stories unfold at their own pace.

Having been so kind to the book, I must add that reading Murakami can be difficult for his first time readers. Unless, they are open to lack of closure.


If you can handle unpredictability, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman will definitely win your approval.

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