A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami

My chase started after a friend across the ocean planted the seed in my mind.

The title says it all. The journey is about chasing a sheep, and ends with a somewhat heroic sacrifice. Everything only makes sense after the mind accepts supernatural events as part of life, as logic and reason.

An extremely enjoyable and refreshing read!


The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I know this belongs to bestseller category. One friend commented it felt like the novel was trying too hard to create suspense. Another friend gave up after finishing 1/3 of it, as she had Crime and Punishment (by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) in mind. I had to read it for myself.

I struggled to feel the suspense in the book. The only reason for clearing it is i did not wish to leave it half done. A far cry from my recent experience with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, i would say.

Most of the time i was reading the mind of a drunkard, trying to recall what she had done the previous night. Nothing much. Just a broken person trying hard to be part of a mystery, which was not even a mystery in the first place, if she wasn’t a drunkard.

And the association with trains? Sigh…