So I feel weird “reviewing” a work of fiction…because something just doesn’t make sense about using conscious thought to evaluate an art form. So I’ll do my best to share my impression, why I think it’s totally hip, and some things I think would be cool to explore as a result of reading this book. What did you think of this book?
And yes, mighty thanks to a few of my friends who suggested Murakami. My experience while reading Kafka is something like surreal, vibrant, in-the-present perception of life. Murakami’s characters feel so real, his sometimes “strange” situations feel real. There is much about presence, about experiencing the Now, that moves through this book – and reminds me of philosophy that I’ve been exploring lately from Eckart Tolle, Susan Jeffers and David Lynch.
Ok, that’s all I can say. This book is grippingly hard to put down…highly recommended. Here are a few things I would like to explore after reading:
- Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (!)
- Natsume Soseki
- T.S. Eliot and hollow men
- Murasaki Shikibu, “The Tale of Genji“
- Henri Bergson, “Matter and Memory“
- Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, played by Rubinstein, Heifetz, and Feuermann
- Franz Kafka, “The Castle”, “The Trial”, “The Metamorphosis”
- Ueda Akinari, “Tales of Moonlight and Rain“, “Spring Rain”
Thoughts on this book??