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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
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Sep 02, 2010

it was ok
Read in September, 2010

This book is very well-written/translated. Much of the language is quite beautiful because it's aptly descriptive & uses unexpected similes to convey the emotions of scenes. So, while the writing is technically strong, the storytelling style wasn't my cup of tea. I found Murakami to be frustratingly clever. Character plights are set up intricately, but never brought to climax or fruition. It's like the author intuitively knew what questions reads would ask, then refused to answer them. Several "ends" of the stories were italicized paragraphs that seemed non-sequitur. That style made the stories feel like rough drafts.

These short stories could be fun for those who like to use shorts as a jumping-off point & imagine their own endings. The stories would appeal to people who enjoy hearing the opening to a riddle & use it as a meditation instead of waiting for an answer.

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