Stories which were stylistically told (or odd): Kangaroo Communique, The Green Monster, TV People Stories closest to reality: Lederhosen, Family Affair...moreStories which were stylistically told (or odd): Kangaroo Communique, The Green Monster, TV People Stories closest to reality: Lederhosen, Family Affair, The Silence, Sleep, A Slow Boat to China Stories I liked: Barn Burning, The Fall of the Roman Empire (...), The Dancing Dwarf, The Last Lawn of the Afternoon, The Silence, Elephant Vanishes, On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl (...), The Second Bakery Attack Funniest: The Second Bakery Attack Favorites: The Dancing Dwarf, Barn Burning
Sometimes I wonder what it is going to take for me to leave Murakami and his other works alone. Reading this collection made me rethink that notion and for a few days I actually thought this was going to be it. I had lost interest in finishing the book and I have been struggling to reach its final pages. "TV People" did this to me. Do not ask me why. I've no idea.
The final four stories were gems, though. After closing the book last night I suddenly compared reading a Murakami to eating chocolate. As for the reason why, it is for me to keep.(less)
Pinball 1973 isn't as engrossing as Murakami's other works. Whenever I read a Murakami novel, I always feel the need to go on even when I have a parti...morePinball 1973 isn't as engrossing as Murakami's other works. Whenever I read a Murakami novel, I always feel the need to go on even when I have a particularly busy schedule. Reading this, however, I find myself dozing off at times. And my schedule certainly stopped me from reading this for a while. Whether it's due to the lack of clearly visible similarities and even a hint of familiarity related to the current state of personal things, I do not know.
It's said that Murakami did not intend for english copies of this published outside Japan. True or not, I feel like I know why. There are still a lot of reasons to read this novella. But today, I feel like diverting from the prevailing course of personal acts. I felt the need to emphasise more the negative aspects rather than the positive ones.
The plot screams Murakami. But stylistically speaking, Pinball 1973 is raw. As compared to Hear the Wind Sing, which is much shorter, it isn't as memorable. Although it includes visible roots of his becoming the author we know and love today, this simply did not do as well as I'd hoped.(less)
I have long before dived into the pool of Magical Realism and so I've decided a year ago to get to reading one of this author's works. After stumbling...moreI have long before dived into the pool of Magical Realism and so I've decided a year ago to get to reading one of this author's works. After stumbling upon a copy of this book last May, I bought it at once. And finally, after a few months of delaying, I can proudly say that I now know the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Wonderfully written, unbelievably detailed and oddly satisfying. "The Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is deeply disquieting, elaborate and is a novella of haunting beauty.(less)
As I close the book, I become more aware of the silence that surrounds me. To most people, it won't really be called silence. The music plays, as it a...moreAs I close the book, I become more aware of the silence that surrounds me. To most people, it won't really be called silence. The music plays, as it always does - every day (now playing - Eve, The Apple of My Eye). Since music is not an outlandish thing, but rather something that complements my whole being - my existence, it is a part of me. Where there is music, there is calm. And I just know it is going to be a great Saturday morning.
A list of random thoughts: Is this going to be somehow religious? I see a cross on the cover page. And skies. Pretty, pretty skies.
Rhiannon. Rhiannon is a masterpiece, as other Fleetwood Mac songs are. While I loved the fact that the girl's name was referenced, I hated that I knew about its origin. The mystery is not there, and so it is not the same. I frowned as I realized - I will not be having that glorious feeling after knowing where it's from.
Is he shifting from female to male? *I turn pages and realize s/he is* Did I miss anything about him/her explaining how the body shift works? Damn.
Now this seems really familiar. I've seen this before, different lives and experiences. Struggles, joy. Some uncommon but still has meaning. Not in their perspective, in someone else's. But still. That film. Life in a Day. A motion picture produced by National Geographic. People from all over the world film their lives for a day and upload it to Youtube, and are compiled to form a single movie. July 24, 2010. Watch it. It was an amazing experience.
A? How typical and yet seemingly appropriate. Reminds me of A from the Pretty Little Liars series though. Annoyed me a bit.
Why is s/he always only 4 hours or less away from Rhiannon? I do not recall anything about a location-specific body shifting process. And s/he always has access to a car. How convenient.
Oh great, he's flying to Hawaii. We'll see how the body shift works now.
Bummer. He's still close. Leave her for a day will ya! I wanna know how you get to another body from Hawaii. It's gonna be so hard to get back to Rhiannon for a while. Muhaha.
Reminds me of Time Traveler's Wife. You know how it is.
A is both male and female. A is neither. I love how Levithan emphasizes that people always think the traditional way. I appreciate him and his openness. His unorthodox way of thinking (and writing) has an assertive way of asking you to keep your eyes open and so you do. Hence, the entire journey you are aware and accommodating.
I can't help but think about how it would feel after A has left my body. And since we're seeing his/her perspective, it was nice to hear Nathan, James and Rhiannon's sides as well.
David Levithan is an experimenter. He just can't help it. Lover's Dictionary was different. And now this. I can read every Levithan book and still be amazed.
I only have two eyes. And even though I know there are other ways for me to look at the world, it is easier said than done. But it is because I only have my eyes that I appreciate it when people find ways for me and everyone else to see things differently. Even if only for a momentary glimpse.
This book is beyond A and R's love story. This book is all about depth. About meaning and understanding. It is above the range of physical human experience, surpassing the ordinary. Written to eliminate the limits of human perception. To speak to one's soul and see through another's eyes. Every Day is transcendent.(less)