[E–pub New] (騎士団長殺し #1–2) Author Haruki Murakami

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  • 騎士団長殺し #1-2
  • Haruki Murakami
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  • 04 July 2020
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Review ✓ 騎士団長殺し #1-2 ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF A publishing event a major new epic novel from the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of 184 and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageA 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 discover. Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable zigzagging developments While they are unfolding it s hard to see anything weird about them no matter how closely you pay attention to your surroundings In the midst of the everyday these things may strike you as simply ordinary things a matter of course They might not be logical but time has to pass before you can see if something is logical Our Narrator for this tale unnamed is a gifted portrait painter He can capture the true inner nature of a subject and is astute enough to understand that people want to see what is best about them revealed For most of us who we are goes well beyond what we look like on the surface and this artist is an expert at capturing those hidden layers in our surface reality This life is soon to be a part of his past We meet the Narrator at the point that his wife Yuzu has just informed him that she wants a divorce She doesn t want to talk about it She doesn t want to explain herself She just wants him to accept what she wants After six years of marriage I think anyone who wants to dissolve the union probably owes the other person an explanation It s not you it s me kind of thing at the very least Our Narrator is puzzled but accepts the situation packs up his artist s materials and goes on a walkabout or to be precise a driveabout This is a theme in many Haruki Murakami books the grand uest The people he meets and the situations he encounters in this brief journey do have a lasting impact on his life on his art and the future plot of this novel He ends up in a mountain retreat staying in the house of the respected artist Tomohiko Amada He is alone up there but finds that he is perfectly suited to a life without people He can focus on his art and feels inspired to be working in the studio of such a celebrated artist He is done with portrait work and wants to finally explore art without restrictions He has created a perfect storm of creativity and he feels reinvigorated about painting The uestion is how long can the world be held at bay The house is like many houses of old people filled with things from a certain era Records instead of CDs for example Murakami mentions the pure pleasure there is in turning a record over to listening to songs in order because records used to be carefully arranged to lead a listener in a direction to achieve greater understanding as the songs built beautifully upon one another Now people buy the single they hear on the radio and never listen to the rest of the album It is a real bastardization of the craft of music It is consuming without finding the soul behind the music Murakami also takes the opportunity to talk about books as well All the books on Mr Amada s bookshelf were old among them a few unusual novels that would be hard to get hold of these days Works that in the past had been pretty popular but had been forgotten read by no one I enjoyed reading this kind of out of date novel Doing so let me share with this old man I d never met the feeling of being left behind by time Readers who have followed my reviews for a long time I do appreciate your loyalty and your input into what I read will know without me saying this the almost pathological curiosity I have about reading what we can term lost books Books that may have even had a large audience at one time but now are not read at all or even enticing those books that never did find an audience but are actually minor masterpieces When I dive into these books I feel like I m an archaeologist discovering buried treasure that deserves to see the light of day again How about those fat WW2 books from the 1950s Many of them have merit and should continue to find new audiences How about a book like Mortal Leap by MacDonald Harris This book has been out of print for decades but it is a seriously entertaining and deep novel that has beenlost So for me having an opportunity to explore a personal library that is suspended in time filled with books from the 1930s 1950s or even 1980s would be as conducive to raising my pulse rate as having Salma Hayek nibble on my neck The other part of this uote that really resonates with me is being left behind by time Several of the characters in this novel even the young girl Mariye Akikawa who becomes so intricate to the plot struggle with accepting the importance of gadgets like cell phones The pressure for each and every person on the planet to own and pay those alarming high fees for service is frankly too overwhelming To not own a cell phone these days is almost like not being a human being at all I will admit I ve always been fascinating by new breakthroughs in technology I owned a computer when they were really too expensive to own personally I watched with fascination as the internet came into being chunkchunkchunk a few loaded pixels at a time I ve always loved science even when I haven t fully understood it However now technology seems to be intent on not freeing me but confining me It owns me rather than being a tool for my own edification I hear and people say to me why do they have to know anything if they can just google it There are so many things wrong with that statement that I could write a whole dissertation on what the true meaning of that statement means to the future but I m going to keep to one part of it How will people know what to google if they don t have enough reference points already in their mind to start with I m starting to believe that I am a man on the verge of being left behind and it doesn t scare me one bit I may move in with the artist in his time stamped house and while he paints I ll read and write We will have tea at three with crumpets The plot becomes and convoluted as the world does start to encroach upon the artist When I say world I may not mean this world A ringing bell in the middle of the night from underground sets off a series of events that revolve around a painting called Killing Commendatore by Amada that is carefully wrapped up and stored in the attic The subject of the painting is a scene from the opera Don Giovanni The last time I was in Prague they were showing Don Giovanni in the theater it debuted in for the first time since the original showing Needless to say I scored tickets and the experience was as magical as I could hope for When you read and travel it is amazing the cool associations a person can develop that adds enjoyment to future reading and traveling experiences His wealthy neighbor Wataru Menshiki offers him an outrageous amount of money to paint his portrait He seems intent on becoming good friends as well Unfortunately through trial and error I have discovered that people expressing that much interest in me usually means they want something from me I d like to think that I m infinitely fascinating and that is enough reason for people to want to spend time with me but I ve been disabused of that idea The artist is of the same mind as me and looks with suspicion upon this offer of friendship What is Menshiki s true motivation There are many philosophical concerns psychological growth supernatural occurrences including astral projection sex and some wonderful descriptions of the artistic process all within the confines of this novel Most readers should find parts or maybe even all of these elements as aspects that they can identify with This book reminds me somewhat of Murakami s masterpiece Kafka on the Shore but it lacks that something something that would have had me genuflecting to the deftness and creativity of his genius Normally I rate books against other books in their genre but with Murakami like say Charles Dickens I can only rate him against his own body of work A contemplative book that tries to slow the world down and remind us that fast is not always better and new is not always an improvement If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also 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Review ✓ 騎士団長殺し #1-2 ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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. In Germany Murakami s latest tome was published in two parts the first one entitled Killing Commendatore 1 An Idea Appears and you know why Because one of the characters in this book is an idea Yes An idea Welcome to the world of Murakami Our main protagonist is a 36 year old painter He who remains unnamed has just been left by his wife and retreats into a solitary house in the Japanese mountains to rethink his life While trying to figure out what to do next he is confronted with the destinies of two other men who at the crossroads of their lives have made decisions that went on to haunt them For once there is the world famous painter Amada who used to live in the lonely house and who hid the mysterious painting Killing Commendatore in the attic Then there s the protagonist s mysterious neighbour from the other side of the valley who seems to be impossible to paint What secrets do these men and their paintings hide and revealWhile the story starts out in a realistic manner it turns and surreal and there are scenes that read like hallucinations in fact the protagonists wonder whether all of this is actually happening I really enjoyed how Murakami connects all the threads and by that the lives of the three men While the famous painter is not there in person only through his house and what it contains he suffers from dementia and lives in a retirement home the narrator and the neighbour develop a peculiar friendship Through art and life and layers of all three men are laid bare and they reflect each other but these mirror images are created with funhouse mirrors which keeps the reader guessing about the differences and similarities between their experiences When Marie who might be Menshiki s daughter suddenly vanishes the narrator sets out to find her with the help of dying Amada and the idea On this mission Amada s painting Killing Commendatore proves to be the key not only to the old painter s hidden past in Vienna 1938 but also to finding the young girl and to deepening the narrator s understanding of the nature of art And art itself plays a major role in the book Abstract vs concrete painting Western vs Japanese styles the uestion whether art can capture the essense of a person the role of the artist in society etc I love that it is like a benign version of The Map and the Territory feat The Picture of Dorian Gray Especially in the second half it becomes clear that Murakami intended his book to be a meditation on art we shape our reality by how we connect the dots and we can create reality by believing in our ideas Murakami makes this point with his typical brand of magical realism and he always leaves room for interpretation regarding what is really going on the reader has the space to follow his own ideas inside the text Just like the painting Killing Commendatore holds a different meaning depending on who is looking at it the idea as a character in the book also takes on different forms and in this volume gets help from a metaphor yes also as a character in the bookKilling Commendatore is clearly one of those books that deserve several readings because there is so much open space that the reader can contemplate that s one of the ualities I love about Murakami he just doesn t explain himself in his texts and trusts his readers to go along with him You need to find your own meaning and trust your own ideas because the Commendatore does really exist You should believe that

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Review ✓ 騎士団長殺し #1-2 ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF S 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. If I close my eyes tight what shall I see If I shut out all the noises I can sense what shall I hear If I shun the world completely what shall I feel A dark nothingness Or a blinding muddle of overlapping images Heartbeats of silence may be Or forewarnings of myriad nature Forgotten memories perhaps Or Unforeseen happenstancesThe options are many but the answers scarce And a protagonist embroiled in a similar dilemma propels this part real part supernatural tale of phantasmagorical dimensions Murakami s 36 years old hero bears all the usual hallmarks of his creator s heroes a loser in love an average worker a music aficionado an explorer of the unconventional a commoner a misfit an outcast Adding to this rather familiar image is the angle of art our hero is a portrait painter and is at a stage of life where he is striving to graduate to a experimental and freer form of it even though his current credentials are praiseworthy But left to his own devices in an isolated mountain house in remote Japan when he accidentally uncovers a hidden painting in the attic painted by his landlord the great artist Tomohiko Amada he unknowingly sets in motion a chain of events which he must counter first hand and bring to a logical conclusion The painting of course is the eponymous Killing Commendatore In his signature style Murakami s flight from the real to the surreal and back and forth and back left me enthralled From the bell whose eerie jingling punctured the night stillness for exactly 45 minutes to the crystallization of an idea into a walking talking person from the precocious girl who would match the hero toe to toe in comprehending the hidden layers of a vocal painting to the cryptic idiosyncrasies of his impeccably dressed but asocial neighbour from the disappearance of things from the real world to their timely apparitions in the surreal world the story turned into an exhilarating ride where beliefs were as uickly suspended as their twins were embraced But even as he held me captive in this roller coaster wheel of happenstances he consciously waved cards on family friendship art success loneliness values and life begging me to pay attention to their subtle but all encompassing impact Reading Murakami is never a straight forward process and as a fan I roll in glee at the opportunity of getting enmeshed in his web However since his books at the core level are mostly about human frailties and the attempts to comprehend them they leave me in a fertile place where the guiding light reveals as much as it hides And these open ends make for a fascinating t te t te with self Killing Commendatore didn t disappoint at all in this regard And if the resemblance to a certain Scott Fitzgerald novel planted some seeds of anticipation in me early on they were dismissed before long And while it came tantalizingly close to The Wind up Bird Chronicle in its approach and length the master turned his latest trick into a clear winner by infusing the very best of his diverse characters The delicious bites on the process of creating art the psychological undercurrents of a modern day teen the pernicious scars of war and their refusal to fade they all added to the hypnotic relevance of this tome and which I am glad I read Because every creation is a repayment to the loan of time and when made the right way strengthens our worthiness in the world we live in and shall eventually leave behind DOT GRID JOURNAL: A5 Carnet De Notes Pointillés Pour Bullet Journaling, Lettering, Art Notes | 110 Pages Avec Papier Pointillé | Dotted Notebook Cahier | Éléphant opens a circle adulte livre de coloriage: 50 mandalas à colorier votre stress: Livres à colorier pour les adultes rendue facile out all the noises I can sense what shall I hear If I shun the world completely what shall I feel A dark nothingness Or a blinding muddle Fleurs Colorées: Un Amusant, Relaxant, et Antistress Livre de Coloriage pour les Adultes (100 Dessins) of My Italian Sketchbook overlapping images Heartbeats Dialogue sur le coloris (Éd.1673) of silence may be Or forewarnings Mandalas Totalement Tubulaires - Coloring Book Pour Les Adultes: une étonnante collection de Totally Tubular Fun coloriage! of myriad nature Forgotten memories perhaps Or Unforeseen happenstancesThe FENG SHUI: Les couleurs Yin et Yang options are many but the answers scarce And a protagonist embroiled in a similar dilemma propels this part real part supernatural tale 100 Whites of phantasmagorical dimensions Murakami s 36 years Un instant, un instant rien que pour toi.: Au fil des mots et des crayons. old hero bears all the usual hallmarks The Little Black Dress : Vintage Treasure (en anglais) of his creator s heroes a loser in love an average worker a music aficionado an explorer La vision et l'harmonie des couleurs: Nouveaux regards (Savoirs) of the unconventional a commoner a misfit an Chanel's Russian Connection (1DVD) outcast Adding to this rather familiar image is the angle Acryliste of art DOT GRID JOURNAL: A5 Carnet De Notes Pointillés Pour Bullet Journaling, Lettering, Art Notes | 110 Pages Avec Papier Pointillé | Dotted Notebook Cahier | Marbre Rose our hero is a portrait painter and is at a stage Mathieu Mercier : Edition bilingue français-anglais of events which he must counter first hand and bring to a logical conclusion The painting Rajasthan (en anglais) of course is the eponymous Killing Commendatore In his signature style Murakami s flight from the real to the surreal and back and forth and back left me enthralled From the bell whose eerie jingling punctured the night stillness for exactly 45 minutes to the crystallization Inspiration couleur (LES MOTS DE LA COULEUR t. 1) of an idea into a walking talking person from the precocious girl who would match the hero toe to toe in comprehending the hidden layers Recherche philosophique sur l’origine de nos idées du sublime et du beau of a vocal painting to the cryptic idiosyncrasies Colour Hunting: How Colour Influences What We Buy, Make and Feel of his impeccably dressed but asocial neighbour from the disappearance de la Loi Du Contraste Simultané Des Couleurs, Et de l'Assortiment Des Objets Colorés: Considéré d'Après Cette Loi Dans Ses Rapports Avec La Peinture. Pour Meubles, Les Tapis, La Mosaïque, Le of things from the real world to their timely apparitions in the surreal world the story turned into an exhilarating ride where beliefs were as uickly suspended as their twins were embraced But even as he held me captive in this roller coaster wheel de la Loi Du Contraste Simultané Des Couleurs, Et de l'Assortiment Des Objets Colorés: Considéré d'Après Cette Loi Dans Ses Rapports Avec La Peinture, ... Pour Meubles, Les Tapis, La Mosaïque, Le of happenstances he consciously waved cards Offices on family friendship art success loneliness values and life begging me to pay attention to their subtle but all encompassing impact Reading Murakami is never a straight forward process and as a fan I roll in glee at the DOT GRID JOURNAL: A5 Carnet De Notes Pointillés Pour Bullet Journaling, Lettering, Art Notes | 110 Pages Avec Papier Pointillé | Dotted Notebook Cahier | Bermuda Blue opportunity DOT GRID JOURNAL: A5 Carnet De Notes Pointillés Pour Bullet Journaling, Lettering, Art Notes | 110 Pages Avec Papier Pointillé | Dotted Notebook Cahier | Forêt on they were dismissed before long And while it came tantalizingly close to The Wind up Bird Chronicle in its approach and length the master turned his latest trick into a clear winner by infusing the very best DOT GRID JOURNAL: A5 Carnet De Notes Pointillés Pour Bullet Journaling, Lettering, Art Notes | 110 Pages Avec Papier Pointillé | Dotted Notebook Cahier | Ciel Bleu of a modern day teen the pernicious scars Le Vitrail Et Les Traités Du Moyen Âge À Nos Jours: Actes Du XXIII E Colloque International Du "corpus Vitrearum"- Tours 3-7 Juillet 2006 our worthiness in the world we live in and shall eventually leave behind