Perhaps we should think about nominations for the next book. I'm ashamed to say that I can't really get into Hardboiled Wonderland. I am picky like that. I'll try to finish it, but I just don't feel like reading it. In the past, I loved Haruki Murakami, but I lately I seem to want to read more serious stuff.
Here's some ideas for book two, which is actually book 3...
ugghh I'm not doing to well with this community, sorry, sorry, sorry. You guys are doing great though.
1. Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov
2. As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner
3. The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Swann in Love- Marcel Proust
5. Yukio Mishima- Confessions of a Mask, maybe Spring Snow,
or The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea.
I don't exactly know how we'll do this. Right now, I think we should do nominations and then, somehow, we should narrow it down to like four or five and vote.
I can do a post later on what I like and dislike about Haruki Murakami. I've read like six of his books before. He's also wrote a sociological work called Underground that is pretty pertinent because it examines "cult" groups- specifically the group in Japan that was responsible for the gasing of a subway there. Believe it or not, it was written before 9/11. It is pretty sympathetic to these cult members, quoting them as saying that they just wanted to be part of a society that was a little more earnest, meaningful serious- to paraphrase.
I think if you like the light hearted part of Murakami, you should read A Wild Sheep Chase or Dance, Dance, Dance- though they are pretty similar. If you like the heavier part, you would like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which is really a pretty profound good book that could really be a classic- like canonical.
He also has a book of short stories called the Elephant Vanishes and there is this early novel of his that is pretty good and in a more serious, non-surreal, vein, called Norwegian Wood.
I don't know why I can't really get into Hard Boiled Wonderland, I want something more serious- the unicorn part kind of threw me. I love the ideas in this book, but not right now- my apologies again.