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Killing Commendatore
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Hanna-B
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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An absolute return to form for Murakami. I felt the excitement that I had experienced 25 years ago when I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The perfect balance of observation with the splendid alternate reality that he excels at.

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Noveldrama
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Murakami is absolute love. From ever I started reading his book I was never disappointed.
Murakami book just sucks you into his world And make you believe in all the stories and illusions he creates.
Murakami book has a great magically charm which I never get tried off.

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Noveldrama
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Aristogama
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relishing every single word of this book. not something you would want to read in a single sitting because it's not fast paced and plot driven. more of an examination of art, the world of ideas and reality. the characters' musings are quite amusing. i'm pacing myself and reading this piecemeal to take time to digest the ideas and savour them.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one.. it was my first by this author.. 1y
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Aristogama
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"Look deep enough into any person and you will find something shining within."

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Shamzi
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Ending my year with Murakami and this grumpy, little beautiful thing!!!

Happy New Year 🎊🎊🎊

MittenGirlPeach Awwwww. That face! Happy New Year! 2y
Shamzi @MittenGirlPeach 😄😄😄 Happy New Year!!! 2y
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brindille
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My first Murakami! And also my last!

I knew he wouldn't be my type of author, but if you can get past all the uncomfortable and kind of inappropriate scenes, then you're good.

🌟3

#murakami #asianlit #japaneselit #harukimurakami

Cathythoughts It was my first too. I didn‘t like some of it ... but I loved most of it ❤️ 3y
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LauraJ
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The man just doesn‘t get it. Yet, like Mieko Kawakami, I still enjoy his books.

https://lithub.com/a-feminist-critique-of-murakami-novels-with-murakami-himself/

Cathythoughts Oh I will enjoy having a listen to this later on 👍🏻 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Just read this and had the same reaction 🙄 3y
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Skygoddess1
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Mehso-so

An interesting and weird book about a painter who leaves home following his wife‘s request for a divorce, moves into another painters house and finds himself on a bizarre journey complete with a 2 ft version of Commendatore from Don Giovanni. At times I felt as though Murakami went on a rambling tangent, but once he got back on pace it was enjoyable. #AuthorAMonth #AuthorAMonth2020

Soubhiville Logged-11📚 3y
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swatreads
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Finally starting this beauty!!! Hoping to finish this and 1Q84 soon!

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NeedsMoreBooks
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Mehso-so

This chunkster could have been edited to half its length. The story follows the male protagonist artist who is recently divorced and is living is another artist‘s home. Mysterious things start happening after he finds a hidden pairing by the resident artist. It has Murakami‘s trademarks of a missing girl, magic realism, strange people, going on a quest, and a lot of World War II history. Definitely it his best. #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville Logged, that‘s 13📚 3y
NeedsMoreBooks @Soubhiville thank you. This should count as 2 as it was a chunkster 😂 3y
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LauraJ
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Maaaaaybe this story doesn‘t translate well, but I suspect it‘s just crap. There‘s some interesting stuff about a painting and metaphors. Then there are obsessive descriptions about the breasts of every female character. Murakami has never been good at writing women. Here they‘re especially (ahem) flat. Way too much detail on meals eaten and clothes worn. At 400 pages this could have been a great book, but at 700+, it‘s just a mess.
#AuthorAMonth

KatieDid927 I don‘t disagree. 3y
NeedsMoreBooks I am a quarter into this and I think it needed heavy editing 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
Soubhiville Logged, that‘s 13📚 3y
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Hazel2019
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On to this #chunkster 😁

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AJackets
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Mehso-so

Nothing new from Murakami.
This is a very long and somewhat repetitive read coming from him. However people who prefer his softer novels may really enjoy this. Still Murakami, Still Worth Reading.

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bjoanndawkins
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Well this is either going to be an incredible read or an unbelievable slog, so say the reviews. Into the breach I go...

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FountainOfWords
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Second read of the year. This seems to be a study of human nature meshed into a fiction story. Will see how it all unfolds.

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7 days. 7 covers you love. No explanation. Tag a new person to participate each day.

#7covers7days #coverlove Day 7, 10/4/19

@keepingupwiththepenguins Wanna play?

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fireth
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An idea, a metaphor and a double metaphor walks into a bar and Killing Commendatore was created.

After hearing so many bad reviews, I was sightly reluctant to read KC. Even though it took me a lot of tries of starting and putting it away over a span of 10 months, I finally managed to pick and complete this book during a slow week at work.

Do I love KC? Definitely no, but it‘s definitely not the worst book I‘ve read.

3.5/5

BooknerdsLife Yeah!!!! You finished it!!! 👍🏼🎉🎉🎉 Wish I could say the same 😆 And great review! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust #PillowTalk Has any one read this & remember the pillow ..... 🤐😳 saying no more ( spoiler) .. I also read Wind Up Bird ..... but this Commendatore is my favorite so far

Texreader My husband is reading this one now. So far he likes it. 3y
Cathythoughts @Texreader just putting more info in a spoiler for him 👍🏻 not to read spoiler till about halfway (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts @Texreader it was my first experience of Murakami & I loved it. Could not get over that “ pillow” on the couch when it ( he ) spoke... 3y
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squirrelbrain Now you‘ve got me intrigued.... 😁 3y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain it‘s fairly intriguing 😉 3y
Cinfhen Same!!!!! @squirrelbrain and weren‘t we just talking about Murakami @DivineDiana !!!!! Maybe we need to try this one 😉 3y
Billypar Good to know- for some reason I didn't hear (or don't remember) much of a reaction either way when this came out. Will definitely need to check it out- WBC is one of my all-time favs, so your review bodes well! 3y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen We were! Stacking! Still slogging through 3y
Cinfhen Oh no @DivineDiana that book is sucking away your summer days!!!!! 3y
Tamra I just placed a hold on the audio! 👍🏾 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘ll be very interested to hear your thoughts when ever you get there 3y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen That it is! And the other one I must read quickly for Book Club is another chunkster 3y
Cathythoughts @DivineDiana I couldn‘t get into the Goldfinch, but I did love Pachinko 3y
Cathythoughts @Billypar I‘m only new to this author, but I really enjoyed this Commendatore👍🏻 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts the Goldfinch was one of 2 books that have ever made me mad when I finished! 😆🤪 My fault entirely because I kept reading instead of bailing. (edited) 3y
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Thank you! I will nevertheless persevere! 🙂 3y
DivineDiana @Tamra Oh no! 😕 3y
Tamra @DivineDiana just one of those times I didn‘t heed my intuition. 🥴 But I think most readers have loved it! 3y
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LionHeartLeo
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Wow! I didn‘t know what to expect from Murakami‘s newest novel. I wasn‘t really blown away by “Colorless Tsukuru” & I‘ve been more fond of his earlier works. But I absolutely loved Killing Commendatore!!! It reminded me a little of 1Q84, another Murakami favorite of mine, but with more character building that really had me loving the characters, especially Menshiki.

Cathythoughts It was my first experience of this author ... loved it. Looking forward to reading more 3y
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Bluelia
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I‘d really like to discuss how all of Murakami‘s novels are related.
How Marie‘s father is in a cult, probably from 1Q84, the hole the protagonist fell through is similar to that described in Norwegian Wood (and maybe wind-up bird chronicle? It‘s been a while since I‘ve read it though), and many other references throughout his work. Has anyone else noticed it?

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Cathythoughts
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I loved my first experience of Murakami. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Layers of dreams & the unconscious & metaphor... what a story , such imagination! He is a strange one & I love his strangeness.. ... that‘s my Japanese cup that hubby got me years ago in the airport in Japan.

Tamra Stacked! 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there. I got your recommendation Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I wanted to get the book but the print was tiny , So I got it on kindle , I hope I can get to it before the summers over 🤞🏻 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts good move! If a book is a tome, I get it on Kindle. 👍🏾 If you like the line between reality and dreamlike states blurred, as it sounds this one was, you‘ll also like Wind-up Bird. (edited) 3y
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Tamra @Cathythoughts I am so looking forward to reading freedom - 2 more weeks! I don‘t know what I‘ll read yet, but I‘ve been downloading books for a month of camping. Woot! 👏🏾 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra a month of camping 😍and reading 😍😍sounds fab 3y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! 😘 3y
JennyM I am yet to read any of his books - but your review and everyone‘s love for him makes me think it is time I should! Glad you enjoyed x 3y
Tanisha_A Great review! 👏It's on my list. 3y
LazyDays Love the cover! 3y
Blaire So glad you liked it! Love murakami (for the most part) my favorite is 3y
batsy I love this review 💜 I've read a few by him while at uni and loved it. But it's been a loooong time and I should give this a try... 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! For your love for Murakami! He‘s a marmite case. I‘ve got to read another of his to decide if I love him or he‘s not for me. And the cover beneath the jacket is gorgeous! 3y
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks Jenny ! I really did enjoy & will read another. ( I‘ve just got the following tagged one ) Most Littens seem to recommend (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts @LazyDays I love it too 👍🏻♥️♥️ 3y
Cathythoughts @Blaire thanks! Yes , I got the Bird Chronicle, it seems to be the big favorite with Littens. I think I know with what you mean by “ for the most part” ... some parts of this one were a little off , inappropriate ! But I loved the book. ( I‘m not throwing this baby out with the bath water ) 3y
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks Suba ! I‘m looking forward to trying The Bird Chronicle.... love his imagination - I‘ve seen it reviewed as magic realism but I wouldn‘t consider this as a description of his writing.. it‘s different again IMO 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! Yes I do love him. It‘s a beautifully designed jacket & cover 👍🏻♥️ 3y
BooknerdsLife What a great review! 👍🏼💚 I used to binge read his books back in the days but I‘m still half way through this one 😅🙈 Maybe I should get back to it soon! BTW, Love your mug which totally matches with the book 😍 3y
Cathythoughts @BooknerdsLife thanks!! This was my first one. I‘ll look forward to more ♥️👍🏻. I love that old mug ... no handle , it‘s like a cup - I‘m very attached to it 🤷🏻‍♀️♥️ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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He doesn‘t recognize me. He‘s lost the concept of family of father of son. Even the distinctions between himself and other people may have blurred. Still , maybe it‘s easier when those things are swept away and you don‘t have to think about them anymore...

That psychic power is what makes him who he is. I feel a bit guilty sometimes that I didn‘t inherit that temperament

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Cathythoughts
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“There were times I felt abandoned at the edge of the world. Yet even then I felt no envy toward that other man. Did that make me strange ? “

I could quote endlessly, but I won‘t. Marakami is such a unique writer .. I‘m turning pages calmly but surely.. it‘s a long book & I‘m in no hurry ( I feel under a spell ...

Freespirit Lovely review😍 3y
Cathythoughts @Freespirit I‘m only just beyond half -way ..... 👍🏻✨✨✨✨✨✨ 3y
Freespirit I have it stacked to be read one day😊 3y
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Cathythoughts @Freespirit have you read others of his ? Any recommendations ?! 😊this is my first ( but not last ) one (edited) 3y
Centique I loved Kafka on the Shore - and like you, I felt under a spell, the sense of calmness even when crazy things are happening in the text! I have to read this one too 😍 3y
Cathythoughts @Centique yes! He is an interesting one 👍🏻♥️ 3y
BooknerdsLife I used to read Murakami in Chinese translations, somehow I think English translations made everything more beautiful & whimsical 💖🤗 3y
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Cathythoughts
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1. I think reading & reaching the halfway ( 350pages ) in my first book by Murakami... & finding it amazing on all sorts of levels .. feels like an accomplishment to me
2. Inchydoney ♥️west Cork , a reading paradise
3. I definitely prefer apples 👍🏻
4. ♥️Yes ! Neil Young & Bob Dylan in Kilkenny with my 2 daughters. I‘ll need sun glasses & tissues ... tears of memory & sun ☀️ predicted 🤞🏻
5. I will 👍🏻♥️

Tamra If you end up loving it, I‘ll add it to my TBR. 😁 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra it‘s the only one I‘ve read ( or am reading ) but I can already tell you I‘m loving it. I‘ll try your Bird Chronicle one next. 3y
TrishB Enjoy your concert 😁❤️ 3y
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merelybookish Wow! Have fun! That concert sounds fab! 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks ! So excited .. 3y
Cathythoughts @merelybookish thankyou! It does sound fab , doesn‘t it 🤭😍😍 3y
Izai.Amorim Neil Young! Canada's gift to the world! 3y
Cathythoughts @Izai.Amorim yes !! Love him & listening to him for such a long time .... Hey Hey My My ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts That 1979 album Live Rust was just gold! 3y
squirrelbrain Oh have a fab time at the concert! 😘 3y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thanks Helen ! I‘d say I need to calm down... hyper all week now 😆 3y
youneverarrived Neil Young and Bob Dylan ♥️♥️ have an amazing time x 3y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thanks! They played Hyde Park in London last night & it seemed to go well .... hopefully it will go well for us in Kilkenny too 😉 3y
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m over 200 pages in & I think it‘s safe to say I‘m IN , hook , line & sinker .... LOVE Murakami .. beautiful writing & as of a few pages ago, I‘m in shock & in stitches - Really Murakami !!!! 😳🤔🤣😳 what are you doing to me .... ??!!! ( Pic taken by hubby -

squirrelbrain I really need to get round to reading some Murakami.... 3y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain it‘s my very first experience of him .., I had no notion or no expectations... I‘m finding him really good , but I get the feeling it‘s a marmite situation 👍🏻♥️ 3y
TrishB Great pics of you and hubby ❤️ 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Yay! Glad you‘re hooked! I must read more of him. 😊 3y
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s true about his books being a marmite situation! 3y
LeahBergen Aww, I love this pic of you! The only Murakami I‘ve read (and loved) is 3y
batsy Love the pic 😍 (and the grill work in the background!) 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm yes! I do really like him & I picked him up on a whim so I‘m delighted 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thanks! I have your tagged one stacked now too ♥️👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @batsy @Trishb thanks! I‘m letting my grey hair grow out .... it‘s turning out to be a long process, but I‘m determined ♥️😊 hubby didn‘t read novels - but his book looks good ( it‘s an ancient old one , falling apart at the seams (edited) 3y
youneverarrived Great photo ♥️ I love Murakami, not read this one yet though. Glad you‘re enjoying. 3y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thanks ! Oh sure I am loving him ... 👍🏻♥️ a slow meditative page turner ✨ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve decided to be adventurous on this sunny morning & try a new author & it‘s a long long book ( 681 pages 😬) Oh well , nothing ventured nothing gained. ....

Oryx Good luck. I just can't get on with Murakami, so I've given up trying, but a lot of people love his books. Hope it works for you! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Not sure if it‘s the best book to start on Murakami but that‘s a great cover and I‘ve heard positive reviews. 👍🍀 3y
Cathythoughts @Oryx thanks ! Sure I‘ll see how it goes. 🤞🏻♥️ 3y
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I‘ll stick with it & see how I get on. Which one would you recommend for someone to start with ? 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t know Cathy, I‘ve read this one only. There‘re different thoughts, here‘s one I find interesting.. https://bookoblivion.com/2015/05/13/the-best-way-to-read-haruki-murakami/ 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks , you‘re very good. I‘ll have a look at the links 😘 3y
Mishu94 I recently read Kafka on the shore by murakami and let me tell you, I got lost in it 😂 it was quite twisted in a way. I can‘t really explain it but best of luck and do tell me how you like his writing and the story line! I might give him another try! 😂 3y
Cathythoughts @Mishu94 I really picked this up randomly for something different with no clue what I was getting into ...only on page 41 , but so far & I don‘t exactly know why but I‘m really enjoying it 🤷🏻‍♀️. I‘ll let you know 👍🏻 (edited) 3y
Mishu94 @Cathythoughts I have heard Norwegian wood is really good of his! And let me know how you like it! Because the one I read was quite disturbing 😂 3y
cathysaid Wow! That's an ambitious undertaking! I love Murakami (some more than others) and my favorite is 1Q84...but I didn't start with that one. I'm looking forward to what you think of this one as I haven't yet read it. And I know what you mean with “I don't exactly know why but I'm really enjoying it“ because for the life of me, I have tried to explain why I enjoy his work and I just can't. 😃 3y
Tamra I haven‘t read this one, but I loved 3y
jchawkins Oh boy. If you get a bad impression of Murakami from this book, don't give up on him as an author. He goes through stylistic phases every decade or so, and IMO this was a weaker book from him. 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra thanks ! I‘ll look up your tagged one 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @jchawkins interesting! I‘m finding it him .... unusual ... but I‘m reading on , and I‘m intrigued. Which of his would you recommend 3y
jchawkins Depends on what you like. Norwegian Wood is great if you like explorations of relationships, and aren't so much into magical realism. If you like magical realism, though, 1Q84 is a great way to go, albeit a very slow burn. His heaviest-hitting (and I mean HEAVY) novel is Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which is also magical realism, but the book uses it to explore the violence people do to one another, particularly in war and abusive relationships. (edited) 3y
jchawkins Killing Commendatore, for me, lacked the poignancy of Wind-Up Bird and the delightfully bizarre atmosphere of 1Q84, but that might just be me. I've read most of Murakami's works at this point, and maybe I'm just getting desensitized to his brand of magical realism. 😅 3y
Cathythoughts @jchawkins thanks! That‘s very helpful, I‘ll continue on the The Commendatore & see where to go then ... I‘m drawn to Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but as I say first things first, must finish this one ...So far , he has an oddly calming effect on me ( which doesn‘t make any sense 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s that dream-like state he writes. 😄 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra isn‘t it !! I really like this book 😳🤔👍🏻 3y
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#Top6Reads @Cinfhen
These are my top reads for the first half of 2019. My very favorite was Killing Commendatore.

Leftcoastzen Nice choices! 3y
suvata @Leftcoastzen Thank you. 3y
Cinfhen I still haven‘t read ANY Murakami 🙈 3y
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suvata @Cinfhen You really should. IMHO 3y
Cinfhen Which book should I start with???? 3y
suvata @Cinfhen It‘s really up to you but my favorite so far is Kafka on the Shore. 3y
Cinfhen I don‘t know why but I‘m **scared** to try Murakami 😬 3y
suvata @Cinfhen No reason to be scared. It‘s just a little magical realism. 3y
Cathythoughts These look great ! Can‘t wait to read Ask Again Yes 3y
suvata @Cathythoughts It‘s not my usual kind of book but I really, really enjoyed this one. 3y
Cathythoughts Just got tagged book ... ♥️👍🏻 3y
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spanda84
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Murakami is my favorite author, so this review is a little biased! That being said, I loved this novel! It is magical realism at it‘s finest and Murakami does not disappoint with this book. His style of writing- it‘s simple words that form such detailed pictures in my mind. I can‘t get enough of his work! #PulitzerWorthy

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Chili
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Omg!!! @thebluestocking Thank you so much!!! This is awesome! I love everything!! All this plus The Priory of the Orange Tree for my kindle.(my daughter snagged it and is reading it now) Thank you! My insomnia has kicked in, so it‘s a perfect time to start reading Killing Commendatore. I love Murakami and have wanted this book for so long. Thank you!! #MysteryMessageSwap

gradcat I like your cards & bookmarks...really nice. ♥️ 3y
thebluestocking Yay! I‘m so glad you like it!!! I had fun putting it together. 💙💙💙 3y
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KatieDid927
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#QuotsyApr19 Day 26: The truth as a #Symbol. Murakami is a hit or miss for me. I did not particularly enjoy the only novel of his that I read - title escapes me now, but perhaps one has to be in the right headspace to really appreciate him. Regardless, I am still collecting most of his novels in the hopes that I acquire a taste for them.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me too 🙋‍♀️ Ive read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Colorless Tsusuro (or something) and liked them, but theyre hard work. I keep thinking I‘ll fall in love and keep trying. 4y
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Jamesmelvinmitchell
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This is one of the best authors in the world today, I haven‘t read anything by him I haven‘t enjoyed. This bizarre story is a stunning work of imagination. Next I‘m on to IQ84 wish me luck.

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Cogsworth
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Really good book

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LiterRohde
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“‘If I can draw you the right way, maybe you'll be able to see yourself through my eyes,‘ I said, ‘If all goes well, of course.‘

‘That's why we need pictures.‘

‘You're right - that's why we need pictures. Or literature, or music, or anything of that sort.‘”

#QuotsyMar19 | 9: #Observation

📷: Made with Typorama

gradcat I love this quote ❤️ 4y
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suvata
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What can I say, it‘s Murakami at his finest! This may be his best book yet. Of course, that‘s easy to say when I just finished it and it‘s fresh in my mind. Haruki Murakami absolutely deserves a #Pulitzer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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QuintusMarcus
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After his last two boring books, I'm glad to see Murakami return to his famous flights of fancy. Killing Commendatore is classic Murakami, with a nearly affectless hero, mysterious collaborators, spirits, and most important, dark and mysterious holes in the ground. Murakami also tipped his hand to what I think must be one of his sources--Ueda Akinari's Tales of Moonlight and Rain, an 18th century collection of supernatural stories. Loved it!

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Up next: My February pick — listening to audio and reading print book at the same time. I love doing that.
#LoveMurakami

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Phoebusito
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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As nuts as ever but I just love how he writes and his books are so different from anything else I read

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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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My kids and I went to the library this evening and these were my choices! Has anyone read either? They're both on the long side so I must assume I won't get through both before I have to return them. That being said, which should I start with? 🤔

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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Mehso-so

Hard to review. There were bits I adored so much, including the overall plot and themes, but Murakami‘s view of women particularly preteen girls just ruined it in so many places. The idea of a 13yo talking about her breasts to a man she‘s never met for PAGES was completely ridiculous, it icked me out. I love the magic realism and the ideas but I wish Murakami would just never mention women, I can‘t read books where every woman is this ridiculous.

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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Lost track of time a little for #24b4monday but think I‘m around the 4/5 hour mark? Should have used my timer more carefully!

I‘ll finish this book today if it‘s the last thing I do! Need to crack on and get through it. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 A great time whichever it is. 😊 4y
BeansPage I like your spirit sweetheart! 🤘🏻😆🤘🏻 4y
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MamaJody
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
Mehso-so

Not my favourite Murakami. His obsession with ore-pubescent girls‘ breasts is disturbing, to say the least. I found the resolution very unsatisfying as well. #aroundtheyearin52books

Emilymdxn I‘m halfway through and finding it the same. I loved the plot but really really needed him to stop talking about young girls like that 4y
MamaJody @Emilymdxn It‘s really creepy. I find the way he writes anything sexual very “off”. It makes me very uncomfortable. 4y
Emilymdxn I was excited at the beginning of this book cause I thought a book about a lonely man living in a house in the middle of nowhere couldn‘t have any creepy sex in it. Wtf 13yo girl starts talking about her breasts with a man she‘s just met? Why does his wife remind him of his dead kid sister? 4y
MamaJody @Emilymdxn And of course the natural and appropriate response to that by the adult man was to start talking about his penis, right? Just no. 4y
Gezemice I finished my first Murakami, Norwegian Wood, a couple weeks ago. I liked it but I don‘t think he is my style overall. 4y
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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

I‘m at about 3 hours now, pushing on through lunch with this one. Starting to wonder if I‘ll be reading this book for the rest of my life...

Qpri That‘s exactly how I felt reading 1Q84. Somehow Murakami gets his hooks in ya, and the only way out is forward 🙃 4y
Emilymdxn @Qpri I‘ve read all the other Murakami I‘ve read by audio and I wasn‘t prepared for how much slower physically reading it would be! 4y
Qpri Ahhh... and I never realized audio might be faster for these 😅 4y
BeansPage Great start sweetie! 👍🏻 4y
Andrew65 Going well, well peen and good luck. 🙌 4y
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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Lunchtime murakami with my new eco-friendly sandwich bag - no more cling film or metal foil! It was a gift from a friend and it‘s so cute.

Finally over half way through Killing Commendatore, hoping I can finish it in the readathon this weekend. I definitely need to read something short next

Weaponxgirl Oh yay I love those sandwich bags! 4y
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Sheasgirl
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

Killing Commendatore is the kind of book that I can enjoy if I don‘t try to overthink everything in the writing and the story, and I just let myself go where the Author takes me.

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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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There are plenty of things in history that are best left in the shadows. Accurate knowledge does not improve people‘s lives. The objective does not necessarily surpass the subjective, you know. Reality does not necessarily extinguish fantasy.

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Emilymdxn
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Lunchtime reading break. I‘m still feeling not quite over being sick - trying to focus on health a lot but ugh can‘t I just skip it and be healthy?? Not pictured: green juice, apple, pear and homemade soup. Just call me Gwyneth Paltrow

Making slow progress on this one. Trying not to be disheartened by how long it‘s gonna take me and just let myself enjoy it - but I don‘t often read books this huge so it‘s a bit of a change