Great book, well written, but what?
I am sure I am not looking deep enough but I think I might be. After reading What I talk about when I talk about running, I believe Murakami is about putting it right there for you. The deeper message is in the mind of the reader.
This book was outstanding and completely weird. However, unlike other very strange books, I never felt uncomfortable reading this novel. The story line twists and turns unbelievably with precision. There were parts of the book that I understand better because I read his memoir and some of the issues that he raises, the obsession on weight gain toward the end and the running to address it specifically.
I think I would like to speak with someone with a deep understanding of Japanese history and culture to make sure I am not completely off base here. But for the most part I believe this is a story of a lost guy within a society that lost its way and hasn't decided how to deal with its past.
I am happy I read it but I wouldn't actively suggest it to others, unless you are into that sort of thing.
4 out of 5 Stars