Author(s): Haruki Murakami
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist's home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art--as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby--Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
Murakami really does it for me.
I glanced down, after starting this latest novel, and I was up to page 372 already!
A young Japanese artist who has settled on portraiture as a way of making a living has had a falling out with his wife. He embarks on a road trip with the vague idea of rekindling his artistic mojo.
He settles in the remote house of an esteemed artist now residing in an old folks' home. He finds a painting [“Killing Commendatore”] hidden in the attic.
A bell rings in the night.
It leads him to discover a mysterious stone pit buried under a pile in the back yard.
This book has the scope of IQ84 and the intricacy of Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Pure reading pleasure. David