Some time ago, a member once asked "why isn't there a book thread?" The wording likely isn't precise, still that's the gist. Today it occurred to me, indeed, "why isn't there a book thread?" My first thought was that there's a sub-forum intended for this field, still the same can be said of film...
Of course it would be nice to exchange messages with a tight group whom you're familiar with. Perhaps especially as far as books are concerned, as it's a nice image to conjure the thought of yourself, curled up in front of the heater - well, in the case for me; it would be even fonder for those of you with fireplaces, curses
So have at this, the book thread. To kick things off, I'll lend my thoughts about this and that.
Just last week, from the library I loaned out "Norwegian Wood," the third Murakami novel I've exposed myself to. Like the other two [Kafka and The Wind-up Bird], it's easy to chew through the pages but the magic of this writer is that that doesn't necessarily translate to a light reading experience.
He can go into these tiny details with the main characters, and these provoke introspections of yourself and your own life, at least for me.
He's a mind****er, and it's true that at times I don't understand quite what's going on, but this doesn't perturb me a great deal; a part of this is the surreal atmospheres he creates, you're sucked into his creations and while there's elements which you can't quite put your finger on, it doesn't pass you by as you're consumed in any case.
For me personally, well, I have a keen interest in Japan, for a multitude of reasons. One of which is simply the images I conjure into my head which are iconic. So, that the books are set in this country definitely adds to the appeal. It can be anything: a narrow street, gray pavement with a railing to the right and hard rock to the left, a steep mountainside; something as small as this is meaningful to me. Kafka on the Shore
did the most for me in this regard.
The characters are memorable. At this moment, especially I'm thinking of the conversations which make up a large part of Norwegian Wood.
They start and each time you're desperate to learn more about the characters, desperate to be exposed to their strange and quirky personalities, over and over.
Murakami has said that each book begins with a tiny idea, this inspiration spurs him on, and that's it as far as preparation. He along with the reader is along for a surprising and wild ride. At certain points I can sense this; emotionally you can be knocked for a loop, so suddenly.
His writing style is curious. It can be anything, something significant or relatively minor, and the thought runs through my mind, "did he really write that? That wording, so peculiar..." I'm frustrated, I feel as if there's so much more that I could say, but much of it is a feeling inside me which I can't quite articulate.
I'm so excited about his work. Today I rang the library closest to us and frustratingly, everything they have, I've read; they'll have to receive another of his books, Sputnik Sweetheart,
from a branch further out. It will take until Wednesday most likely, possibly Tuesday, and yet I was so disappointed, such is my impatience.
Of course, you're free to gloss over this and express your passion in other directions.