It's taken me an uncharacteristically long time to get through Haruki Murakami's excellent (though meandering) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
. Part of it has to do with real-life interruptions that have persistently prevented me from reading the book start-to-finish as I would have liked -- and part of it has to do with the book itself, which is so large
thematically that at times it's almost too much to take in.
I didn't find this book to be an easy read, necessarily, but it was worth the effort in the end.
The thing people need to understand about Haruki Murakami is that he's a genius. Previous Murakami posts.
Like Barry Zuckercorn, he's very good.