Killing Commendatore

Author(s): Haruki Murakami

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Reviewed by Pascale, one of our longstanding casual staff members and a creative writing major. Murakami’s new novel Killing Commendatore is the Kyoto-born author at his whimsical best. Compelling and enigmatic, it follows a Japanese portrait painter and the unusual happenings that unfold when he moves into the mountainside home of a famous artist. This quirky slow-burner will keep you guessing until the very last page. And there are plenty of pages; 681 to be exact. Art, history, and love weave together in this beautifully balanced story. As always, Murakami delivers a great read.   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.


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General Fields

  • : 9781787300194
  • : penguin random house
  • : Harvill Secker
  • : April 2018
  • : ---length:- '24'width:- '15.6'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1810
  • : English
  • : 895.63/5
  • : good-very good
  • : 704
  • : Haruki Murakami
  • : Hardback