Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library
by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Ted Goossen

Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Certainly one of the strangest books I have read in a while, The Strange Library reads like a dream - or possibly nightmare.

My first task was figuring out how to open said strange book about a strange library. After not too much difficulty, I had it unfolded and the odd bits tucked into the back so I could read uninhibited by folding flaps of cardboard.

I was struck by the pop art designs and illustrations that make up half the book. They add to the dream-like quality and the sense that this is not like most books.

It is a very quick read - but the Twilight Zone tone of it lingers for days.

The Strange Library is a whole new concept of book for me, and makes me wonder what Haruki Murakami's other book are like.

It's good to expand those horizons once in a while!

From the Back Flap:

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, bestselling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.