I went into this book blind. I had absolutely zero idea what this book was about. Which was probably a terrible idea.
This book is surreal. Strangely magical? I didn’t have a clear grasp on what was happening. Which bothered me. Because this book is over 600 pages long and I still don’t understand how everything is interconnected. But I still kind of liked it?
Toru Okada is recently unemployed and drifting along. His wife works while he stays home. When their cat disappears, things take a strange turn. He starts to get weird phone calls from a phone sex operator, he meets his neighbor, young May Kasahara, and a slew of other characters appear. A lot of things happen. All leading back to his initial attempt to find the cat. It’s all very… weird.
I don’t know. I was never fully immersed in the story so I was often quite bored. It took me weeks to finish the book. But there was something comforting I found about Toru. Maybe it was his own uncertainty with what was happening around him? Who knows.
Can someone please explain this book to me???
2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Prompt: a book with an animal in the title
[I asked my 2-year-old to name an animal for me. “Birdy” is what she came up with. Which is how I ended up with this book. Ha! Should’ve read the synopsis.]