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Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
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Mar 13, 2011

really liked it
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Read from March 11 to 13, 2011

Interesting that you can see the "journeyman" aspects of Murakami on the way to developing his writing style and skill. There are a few descriptions that are not necessary, giving us information that is not useful to advancing the story. Murakami's use of transitions, images and similes are amazing. And some of the tricks he uses are cute too... particularly brilliant is the lack of names for most characters in the book. Last comment: The development and reuse of characters and even story lines from one novel to the next is cheating, but it has allowed a deeper sense of these characters over time, and made an easier career for Murakami to boot.

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