The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84.
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstanc...more
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This doesn’t feel like a Murakami novel. It doesn’t sound like a Murakami novel and it doesn’t act like one. I went back and read certain passages from After Dark and breathed in (once again) the beautifully rhythmic nature of the prose. It just flows from one sentence to the next, from word to word, forming a story that ...more
The unnamed main character is in one of these classic Murakami in-between periods in his life, where everything has fallen apart but he's somehow fairly financially comfortable and has time to re-evaluate things. He gets involved with a questionably shady guy, and they star ...more
Your wife she left
I did too
I came back to finish you
Paintings on walls
Men two foot high
My brains been pulped
I give a cry
I've not been drinking
That wouldn't do
But I might before I finish you.
Review to follow when I finish the story.
If I never achieve anything else in my life I achieved finishing this book. In fact I got to the end of the audiobook some days ago and have since been wondering what to say. I have looked at many five star reviews regarding this s ...more
The options are many but the answers, scarce. And a protagonist embroiled in a similar dilemma propels this part real, part supernatural tale of phantasmagori ...more
One couldn't escape death, but it should come later - she wanted to know what it felt like to have full breasts and a woman's nipples at least once before she died. It would really suck if hornets killed her before she had that chance.
It is probably worthwhile to say at the outset that I am not a Murakami superfan. I have read three of his books now and I nearly always leave with a vague sense of disappointment and unease. Killing Commendatore is not a good choice for a person w ...more
Haruki Murakami ~~ Killing Commendatore
Those of you who know me, know that I love Haruki Murakami. I discovered his writings last year, and dove in at the urging of my friend, Srđan. Whether it was Murakami's novels, novellas, or short fiction, I was a true Murakami fan. I held, and still hold that Murakami is a literary genius.
With this being said, Murakami's Killing Commendatore left me ...more
Our main protagonist is a 36-year-old painter. He (who remains unnamed) has just been left by his wife and retreats into a solitary house in the Japanese mountains to rethink his life. While trying to figure out what to do next, he is confronted wi ...more
*DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free finished copy of this book by the wonderful people at knopf publishing but they did not ask for a review in any format, I'm just obsessed with Murakami and this was my most anticipating book of the last like 3 years soooooo
HERE IS MY VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnXa0...
- Probably one of Murakami's best CRAFTED books - the writing was absolutely wonderful and there were so many lines I want printed on a frame and hung in my home, a well ...more
A portrait painter’s marriage dissolves leading to him wandering Japan aimlessly until he happens across the home of a famous artist who’s dying in hospital. The artist’s son invites him to stay and he discovers a painting hidden in the attic: a piece entitled Killing C ...more
My first impression of this novel turned out to be a misapprehension.
For the first ten pages, there were no references to characters' or place names. When the view of the Pacific Ocean was eventually mentioned, it could only be obtained by facing south-west. I had started to assume that the novel was set in northern or southern California, even though Murakami is obviously Japanese.
The nameless narrator had separated from his wife of six years, Yuzu, and gone on a road trip ...more
To be honest, my first running into with Murakami was after my army duty. He had magically inspired me through his masterpiece Kafka On The Shore. Even the finale quote of book is written on my cello case in order to remember the feeling of the book. After this book, I slowly started to collect his all books written in both English and Turkish. With Dance Dance Dance, I can really never describe my feelings how much i satisfied with about the plot and rhythm of it as well as the same ...more
Killing Commendatore has beem translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen from perennial Nobel favourite (and self-withdrawn shortlistee from the Alternative Nobel) Murakami Haruki's Japanese original, and marks a return to the first person narrators that he moved away from during Kafka ...more
As a Murakami fan (and admittedly budding skeptic) I found much of the uninspiring same in this 1,050 page story of a frustrated painter who is (ironically) trying to get inspired. Our intrepid narrator (as always, unnamed) is a disillusioned portrait artist for-hire who finds himself living in the mountain home of his old art college friend's father, the famous painter Tomohiko Amada, who is now incapacitated with severe dementia in a care facilit ...more
This is the first time I took notes and wrote bullet points to refer to when writing the review of the book. This is also the first time I’m d ...more
“My breasts are really small, don’t you think?” Mariye asked, out of nowhere.
“I wonder,” I said.
I felt like all the time I was reading, there was a young voice in my head pointing out the lack of literary clothing, that I normally choose to ignore when enjoying this Emperor of writing.
(Of course the irony of a little person speaking in my head when reading a Murakami ...more
I have finished this one. It is interesting enough and a pleasurable read. Apart ...more
*Publishing on 9th October 2018, Harvill Secker, Penguin UK*
The latest novel from the Japanese author is a gripping tale of art and obsession. With nearly 700 pages to its name, KILLING COMMENDATORE surprises with prose that flows nearly as smoothly as the many layers of interconnected meanings in the story. There are several familiar el ...more
My ejaculation was violent, and repeated. Again and again, semen poured from me, overflowing her vagina, turning the sheets sticky. There was nothing I could do to make it stop. If it continued, I worried, I would be completely emptied out. Yuzu slept deeply through it all without mak...more
Unable to coherently review this for the time being .
How I came upon this book?
Noticed this one at a Flipkart sale with a lucrative 45% discount, and grabbed at the opportunity without even blinking an eye. (Though alas, if patience was a virtue with me, I would have gotten it for nearly 55% discount from Amazon, barely a week later.)
The hardback was perfect and beautiful, with an intriguing jack ...more
Phew. I feel like I deserve some kind of medal for finishing this bloated tome in just over a week... This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year - I'm a long time Murakami fan, but in recent years I've felt increasingly frustrated with aspects of his latest novels. While I loved 1Q84, I found Men Without Women just boring, and Colourless Tsukuru... almost instantly forgettable. Unfortunately I think Killing Commendatore is destined to join the ranks of the ...more
Yet! There is plenty of Murakami magic here and I enjoyed the many, many hours I spent meandering through these pages. I am drawn to books about art and ...more
Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am ...more