Sputnik Sweetheart

murakamiSputnik Sweetheart
by Haruki Murakami
1999/ 224 pages
read by Adam Sims 7h 6m
rating:  7/ 20th century fiction

So,  as a fan of Murakami,  why did it take me so long to get to this?  – Well,  I was scared it wouldn’t be as good as the ones I’d read – 7 others to date – and I was right – this is likely my least favorite of the Murakami fiction I’ve read – it’s tied with Norwegian Wood which is similar.   And my favorites are The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, my first Murakami, and 1Q84.   I’ve also enjoyed a couple of his collections of short stories.

So what’s wrong?  I think Murakami wears off – many of his tales deal with the same things  or combinations of them – the loneliness of youthful existential angst, dreamy otherworldliness,  suspense, sex, music, cats, books, and wells – more sex, some gruesome stuff.   And those old Murakami motifs are all here along with a lot of fear and a smattering of the occult.  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle uses all these things and was innovative then,  and hugely successful so … he’s repeated the pattern. The very long 1Q84 is a bit different in some ways getting back to some politics ala The Wild Sheep Chase.   >>>>MORE>>>>

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