Thursday, November 10, 2011

And Now A Word From Tod Wodicka

Introducing a new series called And Now A Word From... in which we will be posting quotes from various people regarding books, art, etc.

Tod Wodicka, in his review of Péter Nádas' Parallel Stories
"But foremost, of course, there's Murakami's 1Q84, so large it's been published in two hardbacks. I know many people I respect who stand by Murakami, but personally I've always found his prose so flat and sloppily repetitive, his weirdness so rote and bloodless, that I'm still waiting for someone to come out and say our understanding of his novels depend on some retrograde, borderline racist understanding of Japanese culture. Like: well, it's supposed to be so dull and artlessly 'weird'; and, boy, aren't they interesting and cute, those Japanese? The way they're always cooking and talking to supernatural beings and thinking about classical music? OK, not an argument I could or would want to make, not here anyway - but let's put it out there anyway. Murakami cultists, there's something to be said for short books, too. I'd start with Philip K. Dick. Discuss amongst yourselves."
I've been reading Murakami's 1Q84 so this quote was particularly interesting...

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