hannahmariemayer

Hannah من عند بلدة شيشاير، ميشيغان، الولايات المتحدة من عند بلدة شيشاير، ميشيغان، الولايات المتحدة

قارئ Hannah من عند بلدة شيشاير، ميشيغان، الولايات المتحدة

Hannah من عند بلدة شيشاير، ميشيغان، الولايات المتحدة

hannahmariemayer

There are probably better introductions to Murakami than this novel, but it was a gift from a wise friend, and so I read it first. For much of the novel I felt like the protagonist - I found myself down a hole, confronted with a set of mysterious problems I could only resolve by asking the right questions or reading the right way, which some of the time means just staying down the hole and waiting in patience. I wouldn't say this is Murakami at his best, or even magical realism at its best, but the novel is a magical journey nonetheless, through time and space and affection (the little-understood other dimension). Though the novel gets to feeling overlong in the middle sections, by the time I reached the end I didn't want it to end. I'm of two minds about the translation. Sometimes it feels jerky, the dialogue stilted, and I find myself wondering if that's Murakami or just the awkwardness of trying to frame one language within another ; and sometimes the passages are nothing short of lyrical. I wish I read Japanese so I could experience Murakami without the filter, because rather than facilitating the reading this particular filter seems to get in the way, which is a shame.