Magical Realism

The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger’s Wife

No matter how many times I reminded myself that The Tiger’s Wife didn’t take place in India, (and is actually situated in an unnamed Balkan…

The World to Come

The World to Come

For some reason I had this minor freak-out when starting to read this book that I had somehow missed the fine print in the online…

Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale

I’m all for blurring genre edges when it comes to novels. Some of my favorite authors are blurrers. After reading this, I gotta say that…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m usually a little hesitant to read translated books. What if the author meant “that” and the translator went with “which?” It just can’t be…

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

It’s clear that this is the same man who wrote The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The pervasive themes of isolation, loneliness and disenfranchisement in a weird…

Kafka On the Shore

Kafka On the Shore

Fantastic realism I think they call it. Or mystic concretism. Maybe trippy groundedness? However you classify Murakami, this book certainly pushes the boundaries between the…

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

I’m pretty sure this is the first novel I’ve read translated from Italian. Apparently American and British authors haven’t cornered the market on post-modern storytelling…

The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

To call this book vaguely racist would be a stretch, but it does seem that our author writes about being a white kid growing up…

Chronic City

Chronic City

I very rarely get super-excited after reading blurbs. Even the word “blurb” sounds like a baby slipping under the water, or a cat burping. They’re…

Big Fish

Big Fish

In a stunning turn of events, Mr. Hipster actually enjoyed a book! Was it great literature? No. Is it going to impress the real critics…