- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (9 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781787300194
- ISBN-13: 978-1787300194
- ASIN: 1787300196
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killing Commendatore Hardcover – Import, 9 Oct 2018
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I finished Killing Commendatory almost 10 days back and till now I was struggling to decide how to share my opinion and review on the same. In one line, Killing Commendatore was a weird and bizarre yet beautiful read.
Killing Commendatore is story of our unnamed narrator, a gifted portrait painter who can capture essence of people! He is recently separated from his wife and after aimlessly drifting for weeks, settles in mountains in Tomohiko Amada’s (a famous painter) house as a caretaker. In a pursuit of re-inventing himself, he wants to quit commercial portrait painting and want to explore something new in paintings. He settles in a solo life where he has a married girlfriend to give him company and painting classes on weekends. But things change when he stumbles upon a mysterious painting – Killing Commendatore. Discovery of this painting leads to many mysterious and bizarre events and this is where the plot becomes more complicated where everything revolves around this painting.
As I am still new to Murakami world, I was desperately trying to get into a full-fledged magical realism novel and this happened to be the quintessential Murakami for me.
- A mysterious man with unusual name
- A faceless man
- Unusual Teenager
- Cats (Vanished before any action) and Owl
- Someone Vanishes
- A bell ringing in the middle of the night
- Historical flashbacks
- Music, Food and Books
- Dried up well/Dark pit
- Secret Passageway
- Unexpected Phonecall
- Weird Sex, Dream Sequences
He talks (writes) in length on painting; various elements, feels and essence of portraits and painting in general. He also talks about Japanese vs western paintings. I loved the concept of Idea, its visual manifestation in the form of a little person and the fact that they travel without any constraint of time and place. Things and people disappear to reach other places in real and surreal world. It’s a roller coaster driving at breakneck speed between real and magical world. Starts with “normal” and turns more and more surreal as the plot progresses. Even protagonist wonders what’s real and what’s not!
The writing is wonderful. You will be amazed how intricately different narratives have been woven. Murakami leaves a lot of dots to be connected with reader’s imagination. He doesn’t try to answer all questions and leaves it up to us how we interpret it. We might not know what’s happening still it feels good to devour his writing. Also, it’s kind of light as compared to his other work.
All in all, this one is slightly easy Murakami with a Happy Ending. Yes a mellowed down, close looped, happy ENDING!
Every few pages, my wife would tell me how the experience has been, what her expectations, and what she anticipates. Everything fell in line and she completed the reading with a single mind. The book makes a Murakamingly confusing reading.