Haruki Murakami is much acclaimed for his books Kafka on the shores and having read it, I have been a big fan. What I like about Murakami is that it leaves you with an intense thought that you would want to go the next few days or even weeks without reading anything else just to savor the lines going over the lines, letting the lines sink in.
Murakami’s books are not those that you can finish in a huff. These books take time to read, thoughts are intense and often plunges you into depths of despair as the writing is rather dark. I took frequent breaks while reading Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Unlike most of his novels, Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a collection of short stories apparently based on Kursowa’s dreams. The book is written so vividly that it feels like you are watching a dream in motion.
Using magic realism, Murakami has managed to animate cows, feature a criminal monkey, and an iceman. Since it is taken from dreams, it features the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Murakami’s writing is about surreal things in an ordinary life. The bizarre stories has some absurd characters who make this book a thoroughly entertaining read.
Murakami is not a book for everybody, if you have a literary bent of mind. This is a book for you. An intense read for those who love fiction.
Publisher: Random House