Sep 12, 07
Read in September, 2007
I don't know how Haruki Murakami deals with the pressure of being my favorite writer. Does he realize what kind of pedestal I've place him on? Does it keep him up at night? I'm forever waiting to be disappointed by one of his books--I mean, the guy can't be PERFECT, can he? Well it hasn't happened yet.
This slim little volume of short stories (only six of them in all), all loosely connected to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, didn't garner as much critical acclaim as some of Murakami's other books. And, to be honest, the first couple of stories were just okay--solid, but not what I would necessarily call "genius", which is what I always expect from this guy.
But then I read the last two stories.
The first, "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo" (the title is self-explanatory, really), is the weirdest of the bunch. And the second, "Honey Pie", fits with Murakami's more romantic and sentimental work (which my wife, a fellow Murakami lover, always says she enjoys more). Both knocked my socks off.
And so, seven or eight books into his oeuvre, this guy's still perfect.