A fine line

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.

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2 thoughts on “A fine line

  1. I can’t speak to the context of the book. But I read some psychotherapy case studies that made a connection between a missing mother and a son’s fetish for her clothing.

    One case study found that the mother would go to work for 14-16 hours. The infant’s touches with his mother were mainly while she was in her work clothes. The feel of those materials reminded him into adulthood of being comforted by his mother.

    One of my Goodreads friends gave five stars to another of Murakami’s works: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444140773

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    • He’s quite popular and i like some of his short stories. Context was a problem for me with this book in that there was none. You could remove any number of characters and sections without improving or worsening the story. Like the woman’s clothing sentence, most of it comes out of nowhere and goes nowhere too!

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