I’ve been waiting 4 years for one of my favorite authors to release his next book in English. Which is a long time, considering that the last book, After Dark, which was released in the states in 2007, was only 191 pages. 191 pages is nothing when you wait years for a book to be released.
Haruki Murakami came into my life in 2005 while I was sitting on a beach. Someone lent me the book, A Wild Sheep Chase, and I became completely obsessed. In the next year, I read everything that Murakami ever wrote and then had to wait impatiently for each one of his subsequent books to be released.
I can’t be all that eloquent when it comes to Murakami. I try to figure out what it is I love about his books and I just can’t express it. All I know is that I devour them. I will follow his characters anywhere. It’s as simple as that. When I read a Murakami book, I become so involved in a world that feels like ours but is all kinds of crazy. And the level of detail in his writing which, under normal circumstances, I would find monotonous, is incredible. I feel like Murakami could write a minute by minute account of his life for the next 30 years and I would eat it up.
Come October 25, 2011 (I have the date on my calendar) IQ84 will be released. I have no idea what it is about because I relish in the surprise. When it comes to his books I read no reviews. I look at no plot summaries. I can’t even bear to look at the flap copy.
I just wait to become totally immersed.
Do you have an author you feel that way about?