January 13, 2004
2 Down, 50 To Go

I just finished my second book of the year, Haruki Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The book is a fine example of post-modern noir done well, meandering through its plot of good against evil. Murakami entrances you with his seemingly haphazard storytelling that weaves itself together as the story is told. An excellent book, at first I was reminded thematically of the two Murakami books I read this summer, A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel and Dance, Dance, Dance, and was afraid that a similar storyline would develop. Murakami is too talented for that, and my only regret with this book is that there is no sequel.

While I wait for my book order to arrive, next under the reading lamp is The Color Of Water, A Black Man's Tribute To His White Mother, by James McBride. Normally a front cover blurb from Mirabella magazine would scare me away, but since my wife was kind enough to pick this up for me, I will gladly give it a chance.

Posted by david on January 13, 2004

If you like that you might try "Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black" by Gregory Howard Williams. I read this & "The Color of Water" right after one another & they are still linked in my mind.

Posted by: Valerie on January 13, 2004 11:17 AM

Thanks, Valerie. I'm enjoying "The Color Of Water" more than I had expected.

Posted by: david on January 13, 2004 12:08 PM

weird. i ended up here in an unrelated way, but i just finished "wind-up bird" last night. "a wild sheep chase" is probably my favorite book by him, and i've been progressively reading "dance dance dance" at b&n because i'm a cheap-ass. i'm going to have to pick up "color of water".

Posted by: justin on January 13, 2004 01:43 PM

i liked that book a lot, until about the last 20 pages. i thought it needed a better ending. his book south of the border, west of the sun ended a little better, i thought.

in unrelated news, the club is open tomorrow night here in tallahassee!

Posted by: james on January 13, 2004 02:40 PM

I loved Wind-Up Bird, though I was a little let down by the conclusion (though to be honest, I sort of realized about halfway through that he probably wouldn't be able to pull off an ending that made me completely happy). You should also pick up The Elephant Vanishes--a collection of his short stories. It's good, and I've been pleasantly surprised to see a lot of my students borrow it and say they enjoyed it.

Posted by: Max on January 13, 2004 09:20 PM

there was an article about Haruki in the Guardian today: http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,1118964,00.html

Posted by: rob on January 15, 2004 10:49 AM
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