Saturday, January 9, 2010
I might set aside three of four books a year, so I am distraught, number 1, that I found my first DNF three days into the year, and number 2, that it is a Murakami book. It is my first fictional read by Murakami. However, I just finished his memoir "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" recently and loved it (review coming Jan. 21). What went wrong? Here is my theory.
I was listening to this collection of short stories on audio. I've never listened to this genre on audio, and questioned myself initially when I ordered the discs from the library. But I'm always open to try new things - what did I have to lose but a little time? Perhaps the short story (at least ones like Murakami's) need to be digested slowly, with the ability to flip back and re-read if necessary. I listened to five short stories on a long walk today, and I either understood them but didn't get the point or message, or was completely and utterly confused about what the hell was going on. It was frustrating. I don't want to be frustrated with Murakami - it is just wrong. So I stopped.
I will have to order the hard book from the library. In the meantime, I do have "Kafka on the Shore" on my Kindle, and "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" on my TBR shelves. I've learned my lesson, and will move forward accordingly!