I know I probably shouldn't have gotten these, because I am in the middle of my semester, but oh well. I haven't read Kafka on the Shore
yet, but I still have faith in Murakami to give me a good story about weirdness, ears, and cats. I think the problems with 1Q84
, as discussed with a few of my coworkers and customers at the bookstore, were that the translation wasn't as necessarily amazing as it could have been and that Murakami's usual long winded style of writing and repetition shouldn't go over the length of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
(maybe 750 pages?).
Shauna Singh Baldwin's novel The Selector of Souls
is one I've never heard of. In fact, the only reason why I know Singh Baldwin exists is because she's right new to James Baldwin on our shelves. A customer brought this one down and I really liked the synopsis and the little pitch she gave me while her payment went through. The lady had travelled through India and grew a fondness for Indian writers, Singh Baldwin being one amongst the many she gave me a little list of.
Finally, The Orphan Master's Son
is one I've been looking at for a long time. Since Escape From Camp 14
's debut, I've sort of been pairing the two together, even though I've only read a few pages on and off of the novel. I hope that I'll soon be able to get a chance to sit down and finish it completely.
Labels: 1Q84, adam johnson, book haul, escape from camp 14, haruki murakami, kafka on the shore, shauna singh baldwin, the orphan master's son, the selector of souls, the wind-up bird chronicle