This sentence in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle made me call BULLSHIT out loud.
“His mother died of typhus when he was very small and i suppose that’s what led to his strong interest in women’s clothing“
There IS a difference between magical realism and random crap. A fine line, maybe, but it’s there. So much of this book is just RC. I started out with five stars in my head, like i always do. Then it was down to four with all the masturbatory bits and the one dimensional (i e prone) women, but it’s down to zero now. Then there was the computer security so-called genius whose password was three characters long and easily guessed. If it’s supposed to be humorous, it just isn’t.
Can’t really recommend it. At 3/4 done i don’t even know if I’ll finish it. Just don’t give a shit at this point.
The best parts are the war stories, but they read like a movie script. As a famous critic once said, “the book is both original and good. Unfortunately the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good”
In the end I returned it for a refund from kindle, selecting ‘offensive content’ as the reason – from among their provided choices. In some ways it was offensive. All these women being ‘defiled’ all the time. Give me a break.