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Taking the title from the original Ernest Hemingway novel, Haruki Murakami has updated it for a modern audience in different parts of the world, primarily Japan.
It is a series of portraits of men who have chosen the path of loneliness away from women and the void that it creates when running away from intimacy. Beautiful, simplistic with a wonderful flow, Murakami has a spectacular way of building characters and their anecdotal narratives.
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Having read almost all of Murakami`s work, I always find him to be so hit and miss. He is without doubt, a talented writer in terms of his descriptions, although he tends to overuse metaphor a little. What I always find annoying and short-changed by however, is the way I almost feel cheated when I come to the end of one of his stories. It`s as though he lays down all these story lines, characters, bits of tantalising information and mystery, and then just throws them in the air at the end and lets you watch as they merely flutter to the ground. My main complaint is that the stories have a beginning, middle, but no end, and you are left thinking, `what was the point of that?` In a word, cheated.
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These are great gentle moments of Murakami, and perfectly capture one of the elements that I enjoy most in his writing, namely the simple matter of fact feelings that compose much of being a man away from the corrosive effects of machismo
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