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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

The Fascination Of Confusion

Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami

I had mixed feelings about this book. I thought the author's use of detail was exquisite and found the way the whole story was soaked in melancholy incredibly effective. But it's very much a period piece. Attitudes towards women and sexuality have moved on since this book was written and it shows. There's a paternalism about the narrative voice that sometimes seems a bit creepy.


Nevertheless, it's a novel that stays with you for a long time and a remarkable evocation of that period in one's life when one is bouncing around between relationships, confused and at the same time, fascinated by the confusion.