Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore Book Summary

The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Title:Killing Commendatore
Edition Language:English



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  • Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan

    I am so unbelievably disappointed with this book. What should I talk about first, the bland characters, the flat plot or the convoluted prose? Either way it stank of mediocrity. This doesnt feel like ...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them. Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable, zigzagging developments. While they are unfolding, its har...

  • Spencer Orey

    I feel pretty conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it until the final 100 pages or so turned into a slog. On the other, it's repetitive and minimalistic in a way that felt gen...

  • Shirley Revill

    Thoughts while reading.Your wife she leftI did tooI came back to finish youPaintings on wallsMen two foot highMy brains been pulpedI give a cryI've not been drinkingThat wouldn't doBut I might before ...

  • Adam Dalva

    More on this when it comes out! I found it to be a return to form, mingling the realism of Norwegian Wood with the surrealistic approach of Wind-Up Bird. Fast read for such a long book, and the writin...

  • Seemita

    If I close my eyes tight, what shall I see? If I shut out all the noises I can sense, what shall I hear? If I shun the world completely, what shall I feel? A dark nothingness? Or a blinding muddle of ...

  • Kenny

    Everything has a bright side, he said. The top of even the blackest, thickest cloud shines like silver. Haruki Murakami ~~ Killing CommendatoreThose of you who know me, know that I love Haruki Murakam...

  • Meike

    In Germany, Murakami's latest tome was published in two parts, the first one entitled: "Killing Commendatore 1: An Idea Appears" - and you know why? Because one of the characters in this book is an id...

  • Kate

    4.75/5stars*DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free finished copy of this book by the wonderful people at knopf publishing but they did not ask for a review in any format, I'm just obsessed with Murakami and th...

  • Trudie

    * 1.5 * One couldn't escape death, but it should come later - she wanted to know what it felt like to have full breasts and a woman's nipples at least once before she died. It would really suck if hor...