Monday, January 08, 2007

A One and a Two...

The 2007 book diary begins:

#1 -- "A Wild Sheep Chase" by Haruki Murakami

#2 -- "Dance Dance Dance" by Haruki Murakami

I'm planning to start reading "Against the Day" next weekend, so I eased into the year with two old favorites. Like "Hard-Boiled Wonderland," I last read these about six years ago. They're loosely tied together (the main character is the same, and the plot of "DDD" picks up a loose thread from "Chase") but can be read independently without a problem.

Both are in the familiar Murakami world where very strange things happen to very normal people. "Chase" is more random -- "Dance" is more human, and darker. I would bet that when I first read these, I liked the first more; now, while I find "WSC" more enjoyable, "Dance" and its theme of loneliness is more affecting.

More to say, but it's a lovely day after a Sunday full of torrential downpours, so I'm heading out. If you haven't read Murakami yet, you really oughta. That is all.

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