I've just borrowed Sputnik Sweetheart from the library and have just finished reading it. I was curious to know what I was missing. I really did enjoy the style of writing and found myself completely immersed and found the part with the ferris wheel to be very strange. I certainly would like to read more and I do fancy Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Sun.
I hear what you're saying Loopyloo, I was also curious to know if I was missing something because there's only 10 pages left and I didn't think Murakami could wrap it all up in that space, making 100% logical sense. I was talking about this in the Book Activity thread and Gyre and chrysalis_stage were kind enough to illuminate Murakami's style to me. It seems there's no actual point to it, you just take it as it is and make your own thoughts on it.
The Ferris Wheel trip was really creepy and yet totally captivating. It was something I've never come across with in a novel before.
After realising what Murakami's style is about (= he leaves things to the readers own interpretation), I appreciate the story much more because I don't now have to make my brain understand it logically, because it's impossible.
I hope this makes sense
I'm definitely going to read his other books as well. For some reason I'm really hoping to read Norwegian Wood, I heard someplace that it was a real hit in its' days.
Edit: I just checked the local library and uni library and there are only two novels by Murakami there, Sputnik Sweetheart and A Wild Sheep Chase, both of which I currently have at my possession. There's also Kafka on the Shore but it's in Finnish and I don't know if I want to read Murakami in Finnish. So I'm going to have to order Murakami's books online at some point if I want to read him
Edited by frankie, 15 July 2009 - 03:11 PM.