November: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami – a masterpiece

Why should you read this book?

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. I enjoy saying the title very slowly because it brings me back to this marvelous story, to this unforgettable reading experience. This novel, released in October in the US and the UK, was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. Haruki Murakami is definitely one of my favorite writers. This goes without saying that my expectations were very high.

This novel revolves around a thirty-something painter that, after being left by his wife, decides to go to the mountains. He moves into the house that belonged to a very famous painter called Tomohiko Amada. There, our main character – that is typically Murkamian – discovers a painting named Killing Commendatore. And, then, it all begins.

In case you don’t know, I host a readalong every month where many readers join me to read a book. Killing Commendatore was our November pick. As I said before, this reading experience was very meaningful. As always, Murakami brings to the table interesting and intriguing questions: is this real? is this a dream? can I trust the narrator? what is happening? why is he reacting this way? would I react this way? So, answering these sort of questions and discussing them with other readers was just brilliant.

But this book IS brilliant. In my opinion, it’s one of the best Haruki Murakami’s books. The pace was just perfect, the cliffhangers make the reader want to turn the page and keep reading, the writing is sublime, simple and poetic as always. I spent my days wishing I was reading this book. This book was home. I wish I was living that story, that tale. Thank you Murakami for this one!

I’d like to thank A. Knopf for the free copy. You can buy it here.

“From a distance, most things look beautiful.”

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Summary

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Book details:
Publisher: A. Knopf (Penguin Random House)
Published on: October 2018
Format: Hardback
Pages: 704
Price: $30.00

5stars

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