Write about what you love?

I started reading IQ84 by Haruki Murakami recently, and one of the characters is a struggling writer. I am enjoying it quite a lot more than the previous Murakami novel I read, though it has a lot of similarities also. I wonder, though, how many writers write about writers? How many characters in novels are …

The end of the world

But which world is ending? I have just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and over all found it thought provoking and entertaining, if a bit obscure. There were a lot of ideas in this novel, some strange, some confusing, some interesting, some mundane, some--seemingly irrelevant. We follow two sides of one consciousness. …

Multiple I’s

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is written in first person, from two viewpoints. I don't see how the two stories are related just yet, but I expect it will become clear. Writing two different characters from a first person point of view seems strange. I would be wondering, as a reader, if …

Intentional annoyance?

I'm on to my next audiobook, and this time it's Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami, who I've heard many good things about but have never read. The opening of this book takes place in an elevator. An extended elevator ride that is described repeatedly, in an overly-long and quite annoying way …

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