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Friday, January 20, 2012

Lost in Murakami

Posted By on 01.20.12 at 05:30 PM

I’m probably the last of the rabid Haruki Murakami fans to be forming an opinion on 1Q84. More industrious Murakami readers will chasten me for reaching that opinion too late—the book came out back in October, after all—or too soon—I’m not even halfway done.

But still, having muscled through 800 pages of what’s 1,800 pages on the iPad (that’s twice as many pages as the hardcover edition, true, but plenty of words on which to form an opinion), I’m as perplexed as a modern Japanese antihero whose woman wordlessly left him. Either 1Q84 is a masterpiece waiting (for me to read faster) to happen, or there’s been an awful lot of Nobel Prize hype for something that might, on a conceptual level, be the culmination of Murakami’s mind-boggling body of work, but is still clunkier than almost all of his preceding novels when it comes to things like language, character, and plot.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Starting today on the Bleader: "The Ernie Bedlam Stories" and Fiction Week

Posted By on 01.16.12 at 07:00 AM

Today begins a new edition of our blog feature "Variations on a Theme," in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it's fiction.

In conjunction with the Reader's "Pure Fiction" issue, we're doing something special: We'll be premiering Craig Champlin's "The Ernie Bedlam Stories." The five-part serial, one of the selections for "Pure Fiction," will be appearing every weekday at 8 AM on the Bleader.

Additionally, check back throughout the week for some bonus material from Reader staffers on all things fiction.

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