Reading more was a 2015 resolution that I definitely kept to and probably gained me a lot more pleasure than the ones I didn't keep (go on three consecutive dates with the same person; save money). Murakami's books immerse you into a world that is at once familiar (I have ridden the ridiculously confusing Tokyo subway and battled the crowds at Shinjuku station), pleasantly dated (1980s Japan; mobile phones not being in any way a thing; coffee and Dunkin Donuts) and downright absurd (a sky with two moons; a sheep-man; a shapely teenager in a pink suit talking of inklings and a fascination with cats and wells). Every book I have read so far has drawn me in - I read the 1Q84 trilogy while travelling in Korea and Japan and the characters felt as real as my own adventures there, I wonder how things worked out for the protagonist of The Rat trilogy and if anyone actually has a career as an ear model.
The novels are translated from the Japanese and this in itself amazes me - Japanese is so linguistically and culturally different from English but the books feel so natural. Murakami and I share a passion for running - him more enthusiastically than me having run countless marathons in seriously impressive times. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running did actually cross my radar as a running book a couple of years ago but I had no idea who had written it - the book is a short but essential read for anyone who loves running and explores the connection between writing and running: "Most runners run not because thy want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest".
|The books I've read this year.|