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The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
From Publishers Weekly
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Amazing from cover to cover.
Interesting but seemingly a re-hash
I enjoy Murakami, having read all of his fiction. And I think that’s the problem I have with this one—you can glean artifacts of his prior books. I had flashbacks to several prior works while reading this, particularly the underground travels (“Hardboiled...”), the pit (“Wind-Up...”) and even Amada’s nursing home view of the ocean (was it “Kafka...”?). And is this the first time that the ending is a nice, neat tie-up of all the plot lines? Almost like this one got mailed in.
How to become an idea
I just adore Murakami’s ability to trap the reader within the story and then the feeling of being an observer of the events. Yet again his prose creates visualisations so that I become, perhaps, an Idea. Thoroughly, thoroughly recommended, even more so if you are a Murakami fan.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Oct 09, 2018
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 704 Pages
- Language: English