Genre = Novel
Responsibilities we feel for those we love is the theme of this book. Critical junctures which bind peoples’ history are handled in all sort of ways. The way people process their frustrations and desires is vastly different, but in this book, it is very sexual. In a way, this book shows how indecisive people can be in important relations and the varied impact relations can have.
An interesting part of the book deals with information, honesty, and who believes what. Reading and writing are the core set of information that the main character expresses his emotions. With each relation, honesty works out for the best. Even though at times painful, it seems to drive people together. Some proclaim to others what to think, but end up acting in a way which does not support their belief system. The dark side of information, is that mendacious individuals can shape others beliefs, even if the event happen in an opposite or different way.
An easily read book, but have many gloomy parts. Having the setting of the story as Tokyo circa 1960s, there are exceptionally few cultural references.
Pages to read: 294
1st Edition: 1987
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