Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook. The depth of complexity was disturbing. The violence of Japanese, Chinese and Russian life pre and post WWII puts the violence of 2017 into grim context. The author needs no complements from me as he is so outstanding he forms his own world like Hemingway and Hardy but his viewing of the world is unique. Not everyone would enjoy this as an audiobook but to me it was riveting though at times I was genuinely sickened by the violence. Such a different book from IQ84 and yet similar themes are apparent.

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Review: The Lowland

The Lowland
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderfully constructed examination of a family’s life over three generations and the complexity of Bangladesh culture meeting USA. Very enjoyable for the most part and some beautifully poetic imaging. Great writing. I think it fell away at the end sadly and I would have preferred to finished with the lives of the living with more depth to be explored in the older ages. Great development of relationships and tremendous understanding of human behaviour and thinking.

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