Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Read more...
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Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made "Kafka on the Shore" and "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle" international bestsellers, with a surprising infusion of heart, Murakami has produced one of his most enchanting fictions yet.
Murakami delivers another provocative, mind-bending book with his 12th piece of fiction. Set in Tokyo, the narrative unfolds over the course of seven hours, starting at midnight and ending around sun-up. At the core of the novel are two sisters: Eri, a beautiful model who sleeps all day, and Mari, a college student who tends to stay up all night. Hanging out at Denny's, nursing a cup of coffee, Mari connects with a diverse cast of characters over the course of the book. There's Tetsuya, a would-be jazz trombonist, who was once romantically involved with Eri, and Kaoru, a big-hearted woman who runs a love hotel. When one of her clientsa young Chinese womangets beaten up at the hotel, Kaoru enlists the aid of Mari, who speaks Chinese and can communicate with the injured woman. Mari obliges, becoming acquainted with various hotel workers in the process. And so the long night unfolds. Part of the narrative is devoted to the sleeping Eri's dreamsstrange encounters in a foreboding, alternate world. Featuring Murakami's storytelling trademarks, including fantastical turns of magical realism and strange twists of fate, this surreal tale examines human alienation and the attempts we all make to counter it. Another gem from one of the masters of contemporary fiction, this haunting book should satisfy Murakami's many followers.