Too many words

I’m still reading 1Q84. It is very long. About 1200 pages long. And I wonder, how many of these words are really necessary? He likes to describe the preparation of food, and describe jazz and classical music, and describe all kinds of things the characters are doing or seeing at a level of detail that seems disproportionate to their relevance to the story. I don’t get bored or tired reading it, but I do notice it. And when I wonder how the book can be so long, I suspect that is a part of the reason…

I suspect that Murakami quite enjoys writing about these things, and just has a very weak willed editor…


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