Two days ago self had to return Alan Furst’s Dark Star to the local library. She was 3/4 of the way through, and two weeks overdue, and someone had put a hold on it, boo.
And self realized it was really a very good book. Probably the best spy story about pre-World War II she’s ever read.
But she had to return the book. And she felt it would be disrespectful to rush through the last 50 or so pages. Or to take a peek at the end. So she simply returned it to the library, unfinished.
She’s reading Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Strangely, though this book is static where Furst’s was anything but, she feels much more tension in Murakami’s book.
(She’s also been reading Catherine Dunne’s The Things We Know Now. And re-reading Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And she’s wondering about that new Liam Neeson movie.)
Well, it’s been a long time since she’s read Murakami. There was a year of her life when it seemed she read nothing but.
So it’s interesting that Murakami appeals to her once again.
And this time, she has a sure-fire way to make sure she remembers what she reads. She’ll list down every single food Murakami mentions, and throw in page #s.
There are much worse games to play. Thank you, Katniss.
- p. 1: “boiling a potful of spaghetti”
- bottom of p. 2: “a glass of water”
- bottom of p. 9: the narrator’s wife is “picking out fish bones” from her dinner plate — so obviously they must have had fish for dinner.
- p. 10: The narrator rips open “a plastic pack of tofu.”
- p. 14: The narrator removes “a lemon drop” from his pocket and starts sucking on it. It fills his mouth with “sticky sweetness.”
- p. 17: A girl about fifteen or sixteen offers the narrator “a cold drink”: beer
- p. 18: The narrator has somehow managed to fill his mouth with another lemon drop, even though earlier he had spit the original lemon drop onto the ground, and in between then and p. 18, there’s been nary a mention of his retrieving another one from his pocket. But all is forgiven when the girl offers the narrator a Coke.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.