Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore

The much-anticipated new novel from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of 1Q84 and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Killing Commendatore is an epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Details Killing Commendatore

TitleKilling Commendatore
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreFiction, Magical Realism, Cultural, Japan, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature

Reviews Killing Commendatore

  • Sean Barrs
    I am so unbelievably disappointed with this book. What should I talk about first, the bland characters, the flat plot or the convoluted prose? Either way it stank of mediocrity. This doesnt feel like a Murakami novel. It doesnt sound like a Murakami novel and it doesnt act like one. I went back and read certain passages from After Dark and breathed in (once again) the beautifully rhythmic nature of the prose. It just flows from one sentence to th...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them. Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable, zigzagging developments. While they are unfolding, its hard to see anything weird about them, no matter how closely you pay attention to your surroundings. In the midst of the everyday, these things may strike you as simply ordinary things, a matter of course. They might not be logical, but time has to pass ...
  • Spencer Orey
    I feel pretty conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it until the final 100 pages or so turned into a slog. On the other, it's repetitive and minimalistic in a way that felt generationally out of touch. The unnamed main character is in one of these classic Murakami in-between periods in his life, where everything has fallen apart but he's somehow fairly financially comfortable and has time to re-evaluate things. He gets inv...
  • Shirley Revill
    Thoughts while reading.Your wife she leftI did tooI came back to finish youPaintings on wallsMen two foot highMy brains been pulpedI give a cryI've not been drinkingThat wouldn't doBut I might before I finish you.Shirley.Review to follow when I finish the story.Update.If I never achieve anything else in my life I achieved finishing this book. In fact I got to the end of the audiobook some days ago and have since been wondering what to say. I have...
  • Adam Dalva
    More on this when it comes out! I found it to be a return to form, mingling the realism of Norwegian Wood with the surrealistic approach of Wind-Up Bird. Fast read for such a long book, and the writing about painting is fascinating. The biggest flaw is in the depiction of a 13-year-old girl, whose constant fixation on her chest is a distracting running joke that doesn't do anything for the plot.
  • Seemita
    If I close my eyes tight, what shall I see? If I shut out all the noises I can sense, what shall I hear? If I shun the world completely, what shall I feel? A dark nothingness? Or a blinding muddle of overlapping images? Heartbeats of silence, may be? Or forewarnings of myriad nature? Forgotten memories, perhaps? Or Unforeseen happenstances?The options are many but the answers, scarce. And a protagonist embroiled in a similar dilemma propels this ...
  • Kenny
    Everything has a bright side, he said. The top of even the blackest, thickest cloud shines like silver. Haruki Murakami ~~ Killing CommendatoreThose of you who know me, know that I love Haruki Murakami. I discovered his writings last year, and dove in at the urging of my friend, Srđan. Whether it was Murakami's novels, novellas, or short fiction, I was a true Murakami fan. I held, and still hold that Murakami is a literary genius.With this being...
  • Kate
    4.75/5stars*DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free finished copy of this book by the wonderful people at knopf publishing but they did not ask for a review in any format, I'm just obsessed with Murakami and this was my most anticipating book of the last like 3 years sooooooHERE IS MY VIDEO REVIEW: Probably one of Murakami's best CRAFTED books - the writing was absolutely wonderful and there were so many lines I wa...
  • Meike
    In Germany, Murakami's latest tome was published in two parts, the first one entitled: "Killing Commendatore 1: An Idea Appears" - and you know why? Because one of the characters in this book is an idea. Yes. An idea. Welcome to the world of Murakami. Our main protagonist is a 36-year-old painter. He (who remains unnamed) has just been left by his wife and retreats into a solitary house in the Japanese mountains to rethink his life. While trying ...
  • Trudie
    * 1.5 * One couldn't escape death, but it should come later - she wanted to know what it felt like to have full breasts and a woman's nipples at least once before she died. It would really suck if hornets killed her before she had that chance. Indeed. It is probably worthwhile to say at the outset that I am not a Murakami superfan. I have read three of his books now and I nearly always leave with a vague sense of disappointment and unease. Killin...
  • J.L. Sutton
    Finished Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore a few weeks ago and I'm still not sure what to think about it. On the one hand, I like the writing as well as the cultural references which Murakami weaves into the story (especially the complex set of meanings contained in the painting found by the novel's protagonist). One of the things I appreciate about Murakami's novels is how he creates a weird, nearly surreal alternate world which exists alon...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Cannot you just let the painting speak for itself? the Commendatore said softly. if the painting wants to say something, then best to let it speak. Let metaphors by metaphors, a code a code, a sieve a sieve. Killing Commendatore has beem translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen from perennial Nobel favourite (and self-withdrawn shortlistee from the Alternative Nobel) Murakami Haruki's Japanese original, and marks a return to the first person ...
  • Gorkem
    Hi MurakamiTo be honest, my first running into with Murakami was after my army duty. He had magically inspired me through his masterpiece Kafka On The Shore. Even the finale quote of book is written on my cello case in order to remember the feeling of the book. After this book, I slowly started to collect his all books written in both English and Turkish. With Dance Dance Dance, I can really never describe my feelings how much i satisfied with ab...
  • Andrew Smith
    The unnamed narrator of this story is a portrait painter. He's good at what he does, always capable of capturing something of essence of the person he is painting and technically capable of producing near photographic results, should he so desire. He is reflecting back on a period in his life which followed the surprising news, to him, that his wife had taken a lover and that their marriage was now over. In typical Murakami style this news was re...
  • Ian
    First MisapprehensionsMy first impression of this novel turned out to be a misapprehension.For the first ten pages, there were no references to characters' or place names. When the view of the Pacific Ocean was eventually mentioned, it could only be obtained by facing south-west. I had started to assume that the novel was set in northern or southern California, even though Murakami is obviously Japanese.The nameless narrator had separated from hi...
  • Sam Quixote
    As you might expect for a 700+ page novel, a fair amount of stuff happens in Killing Commendatore but the story is actually quite easy to summarise: there isnt one! Which is a large part of what makes it such a frustrating read. A portrait painters marriage dissolves leading to him wandering Japan aimlessly until he happens across the home of a famous artist whos dying in hospital. The artists son invites him to stay and he discovers a painting h...
  • Tony
    Read the original 2 volume version in Japanese. As a Murakami fan (and admittedly budding skeptic) I found much of the uninspiring same in this 1,050 page story of a frustrated painter who is (ironically) trying to get inspired. Our intrepid narrator (as always, unnamed) is a disillusioned portrait artist for-hire who finds himself living in the mountain home of his old art college friend's father, the famous painter Tomohiko Amada, who is now in...
  • Edward Lorn
    I hesitate to recommend this astounding novel because if a reader misses the hints early on they're going to have a bad time. The metaphor is thick with this one, and even mentioning what means what in this book would be the most heinous of grievances. Because that's what makes a Murakami novel such a wonderful experience. Puzzling out the meanings. Doing so, for me, is a refreshing change of pace. I don't like an author to hold my hand, which fa...
  • Faroukh Naseem
    This is probably my 8th or 9th Murakami and Ive finally come to realize Murakami doesnt write to please anyone, sometimes it feels like he doesnt even write to please himself. He writes because he needs to; he needs to free his mind of these thoughts thatve made a home in his mind. And I have nothing to complain about that, were lucky hes decided to!This is the first time I took notes and wrote bullet points to refer to when writing the review of...
  • Daniel Simmons
    If I were feeling charitable, which I'm not, I would say this is "vintage Murakami" or a "return to masterful form" or something like that after the under-edited "1Q84" and faintly ridiculous "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki...", since like many of his earlier (mostly better) novels, this one features creepy holes in the ground and WW2 atrocities and jazz references and ennui-laden pasta sauce-making. But it just feels like recycling the same stuff to n...
  • SAM
    Killing Commendatore has an intriguing plot and after only three of his books I can quite confidently say that its typical Murakami. After a sudden split from his wife, the Narrator quits his job as a portrait artist, abandons built up civilisation and holes up in his friends isolated mountain home, which once housed Japans most famous artist. Whilst exploring the attic he uncovers a forgotten painting entitled Killing Commendatore. What follows ...
  • Lee
    3.5 (picked up a bit after a 'Murakami-by-numbers' middle section) rounded down. I'll write a longer review at some point but, for now, two things feel worth mentioning. One: some of this is so Lynch-inspired that on one occasion he even lifts an actual line of dialogue from Lost Highway ("It is not my custom to go where I'm not invited."). Two: here's my favourite worst bit of Murakami ever: My breasts are really small, dont you think? Mariye as...
  • Tony
    In one of my earliest memories I was standing in a tight pantry in my home. I might have been as young as three years-old but I suppose I could have been four or even five. I was reaching up to open a cabinet door, maybe for some cocoa, of that Im not sure. I paused, maybe out of trepidation but not quite fear. I had this vivid feeling that if I opened that door, something like outer space would be inside. In any event, there wouldnt be shelves o...
  • Sumaiyya
    If there was ever any doubt to the fact of Haruki Murakami's skill at nuanced storytelling, KILLING COMMENDATORE eliminates them all with its artistic telling.*Publishing on 9th October 2018, Harvill Secker, Penguin UK*The latest novel from the Japanese author is a gripping tale of art and obsession. With nearly 700 pages to its name, KILLING COMMENDATORE surprises with prose that flows nearly as smoothly as the many layers of interconnected mean...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Generally I love Murakami - and I think I have read (and kept) every one of his novels published in English - but this one I think caught me at the wrong time after I had been reading and enjoying some challenging literature. I felt like all the time I was reading, there was a young voice in my head pointing out the lack of literary clothing, that I normally choose to ignore when enjoying this Emperor of writing. (Of course the irony of a little ...
  • Katia N
    I have an unsteady relationship with Murakami. My enjoyment of his novels is inversely proportional to the amount of supernatural he incorporates in it. I like his writing style, pleasurable melancholy and solitude of his male protagonists. But when cats, tunnels and nymphets enter the page, I am getting bored very quickly. That is why my favourite by him is Norwegian Wood and I have not finished many of the others. I have finished this one. It i...
  • Em*bedded-in-books*
    Was a bizarre and awesome read , though the ending left some unanswered questions ( to me, at least).Unable to coherently review this for the time being .How I came upon this book?Noticed this one at a Flipkart sale with a lucrative 45% discount, and grabbed at the opportunity without even blinking an eye. (Though alas, if patience was a virtue with me, I would have gotten it for nearly 55% discount from Amazon, barely a week later.)The hardback ...
  • Laura Noggle
    A Murakami twist on The Great Gatsby, The Indian in the Cupboard, and Duma Key. Another bewitching mis en scene by Murakami. This was my 7th Murakami book, and although not quite as good as 1Q84 and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (my two favorites), it was still charmingly atmospheric and engrossing. Murakami's world envelops you up as the story unfolds. I actually didn't realize there was an intended link to The Great Gatsby until after I'd finished...
  • Lisa
    When it comes to Murakami, I am not an impartial rater. I treat him like a favorite and give him extra credit just because I want to (at least for his novels). There are plenty of flaws in his newest, fat novel. There is too much repetition of basic facts and the descriptions of sex, breasts and anatomical parts are off-key and cringe inducing. Yet! There is plenty of Murakami magic here and I enjoyed the many, many hours I spent meandering throu...