After being out of sync with each other for most of the book, it’s cool to see the two stories starting to match up chronologically. Also, unpleasant as Kafka’s dream sequence at the end of Chapter 39 was, the portrayal of his thought process as he finds himself unable to see Saeki san felt amusingly on point, having once been a 15 year old boy myself. As weird as things can get, there is a deep emotional resonance to Murakami’s writing, as well as a profound ability to juggle convoluted storylines and characters that feel like they’re all headed towards a shared point of convergence.
Hahaha I was wondering what you were referring to with this, and now I know…
“Excuse me, you are raping me right now.” - “Oh yeah, I know.” - “Could you stop that please?” - “Nope.”
That’s what I like a lot about his writing, too. I had a much deeper emotional resonance with the 1Q84 characters, but can wholeheartedly agree to your description.
Absolutely! Also how much Hoshino has grown in terms of “exploring the world”, for lack of a better word. Reading a book about Beethoven and discussing the circumstances of his life with Ooshima was a treat, I thought. And Nakata just being himself in every possible aspect.