Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Marukami

As starter Murakami goes, I am unsure where I landed with Sputnik Sweetheart. On the one hand, I appreciate a three-character novel where everybody is an introvert. On the other, its triumvirate of troubled characters are so remote as to be removed from everybody, including the reader. They are more a collection of tendencies than anything else. Plus, it's a story that shifts as it finishes, almost ending twice, like reading a cake about to topple. I suppose my real problem is how slight it feels. This isn't a crime, just a consideration to file away.

Somehow, it doesn't feel like the proper entry point for deciding how I feel about Murakami. I was between casting After Dark or Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World in the role of decider. I will say that I appreciate the loneliness and dread turned on low for the entirety of Sputnik Sweetheart. As readable as it is, it's not pleasant but I was still compelled to keep going. I look forward to potentially choosing the correct book, the one that makes me understand why he is as dear as he is to people I've met.

3 comments:

~*B*~ said...

I would've recommended Wind-Up Bird.

I was recommended Kafka on the Shore by Moridicai... but I saw a girl reading Wind Up during Jury Duty and she was laughing out loud ever so often and seemed thoroughly entertained... so that pretty much sealed the deal for me as to what my first choice should be.

Alicia said...

Thanks, I'll take it with me when I leave! Only four chapters into Dance Dance Dance so far. I will see if I can't read both side by side.

My jury duty book was The Bell Jar.

mordicai said...

I should read more Murakami-- Jenny owns them, & I really really like Hardboiled Wonderland.