Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore

Book - 2018 | First United States edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525520047
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 681 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 26, 2018

Having thoroughly enjoyed IQ84 I was disappointed to find Killing Commendatore such a difficult read. The plot premise was promising but I felt the translation bogged the story down; the story just didn't flow and there were multiple repetitions of details causing more lag. I got halfway through the book and gave up.

SCL_Justin Oct 22, 2018

Killing Commendatore is an excellent Haruki Murakami novel. It's more like Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle than his very weird multiple-worldness type stories (like 1Q84 or Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World) or his more straightforward loneliness stories (Norwegian Wood or South of the Border West of the Sun).

It's about a painter who finds a painting after splitting up with his wife. He meets a mysterious wealthy man and they uncover a strange pit. The painter works on some paintings while a strange bell rings in the forest. There's an intense 13-year-old girl and her aunt who doesn't like to tell people what paperback she is reading. There is a dying old painter and sex and opera on LP records. It's wonderful.

I'm actually a bad judge of Murakami novels for an impartial reader because I love most of them too much. I try to put flaws into context and see how this piece relates to the whole all while trying to avoid turning the whole thing into Murakami novel bingo (which I acknowledge is possible to play).

Anyway. My favourite novel of the year.


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