This is my current read, this isn’t a review but simply just a reading update. I’ve seen on Goodreads that the average common rate for this book is 3 out of 5 stars, and I wanted to scream because… WHY?! The prose is smoothly and flawlessly written and the metaphor is helluva thick one, and I really am liking it so far so seeing that average 3-star rating on Goodreads broke my heart entirely.
However, I completely understand that readers are entitled to their own perspective of what’s a good read and what’s not. It’s just for me, Killing Commendatore is one of the most brilliantly written novels I’ve seen (again, I’m still currently reading it but am liking it so much so far). And it’s Murakami, if anything it’s your typical Murakami novel and that’s why I love it. For me, reading Murakami is home and his prose is, let’s just say, my cup of tea.
The narrative is highly descriptive, causing others to say the prose is “bland”, and the characters are way too complex and complicated that others say that the characterization in this book is all over the place. But I guess that’s the whole point of the book, it’s poignant and overly sad, somehow depressive, even.
I sometimes catch myself getting lost in the narration it almost feels like I’m the one talking and feeling as the narrator himself. The metaphorical sense of the novel, as I’ve mentioned, is extremely thick. Murakami paints magical realism through his words in such an exceptional way and I can’t seem to find any other term to describe it.
All in all, I believe the novel picks its readers and it’s technically not an everybody-will-like-it kind of book and that’s okay. But personally, I’m enjoying it and I look forward to reading the rest of the book.