Originally Posted by A_Scanner_Darkly
I read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Thought it was pretty vanilla, though I did enjoy the glimpse into Japanese society and daily life therein. The story had a very somber feel to it, very tragic in an understated way. You'll know what I mean if you've read it. The subtlety of it all, which is yet potent in the way it perpetually creeps behind you like your shadow, makes it so much like real life.
When I think about it, it makes me sad...ah, but all beautiful things are tinged with a dab or more of melancholy.
Wow that was really accurate and well articulated, I do know what you mean.
Personally dig him. Some of his books are meh, but most are good and several are great and profoundly impactfull. Havent read Coelho and aint gonna, are they really that similar? Feels like a kind of surface level comparison. Murakami mixes bullshit spiritual fluff with a melancholy sympathy expressed via the idealisms of his characters, especially his protagonists which tend to be stoic deadbeats, he throws in far out and sometimes also kinda random weird shit for pure effect and for the sake of creating suspense via uncertainty with spot on existential realism running through it all in a mostly subtle fashion sporadically interupted by scenes of voracity. He intentionally leaves gaps and lose ends to allow room for the readers own imagination and worldview to synthesize with his works. Feels more like David Lynch mixed with Camus than Paulo Coelho to me.
Though I get that comparison if youve happened upon one of his weaker works. 1Q84 is like 80% crap 20% ace. After Dark is meh, so is Sputnik Sweetheart and South of The Border. A wild sheep chase, the Wind up Bird Chronicles, Norwegian Wood and Dance Dance Dance are superb imo. Hardboiled Wonderland and The end of The World, Kafka on The Shore, and his latest novel are also very good. His short stories are okay, enjoyable but nothing lasting.
Dno if he is NFP or NFJ but cant picture him being anything else.