On my reading list.
Soon time for the 2014 Nobel Prize winner to be announced. Who? I am hoping for Spanish author Javier Marias but this won't happen, just yet.
I gave them to my six-year-old daughter, and she very happily incorporated them into various pieces of art.
I enjoyed it, and I think that it's a worthwhile read.
Yes, as Matt pointed out, one of the main story arcs is unresolved at the end of the book, but I must admit that I didn't mind it so much. Yes, the book did feel as though it should be part of a larger story, and I did end up feeling as though there should be something more afterwards, as though this should be the first instalment in a trilogy, or something like that.
However, it was also a relaxing read. It wasn't challenging, nor was it really intriguing (unlike 1Q84, I didn't feel the desire to keep on reading to finish the book so that I could find out what happened because I was intrigued by it), but it was enjoyable.
As Matt said, Tsukuru Tazaki isn't as wrenching as Norwegian Wood, but it felt more like NW than his other books, as it's a "normal" story - there's no metaphysics, no mysterious other worlds, no strange spirits - the characters are simply people, in the contemporary world.
GF, is that Paperchain at Manuka?
I went there a couple of years back as I was staying nearby at the Hotel Realm and picked up a few books, including The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen and Lustrum by Robert Harris. They were having a sale then, too, and I had to restrain myself from buying too much as I'd only brought a carry-on bag.
It looked like a nice store.