Just this week Bond Street Books (a division of Random House Canada Limited, a Penguin Random House Company) released Haruki Murakami's new book The Strange Library. The title was enough to intrigue me. A short illustrated novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library by an old man who apparantly is going to eat his brains...or so the Sheep Man tells him. Yes it seems sinister, and surreal...but that is Haruki Murakami for you. We'll known for telling tales rift with wild imagination and whimsy.
Having read two books now from the highly acclaimed international writer, I am starting to see a bit of the Murakami trademark and the magical journey he takes the reader through. And, despite the meandering storyline, in which you are constantly questioning its validity, you willingly embark on what sometimes feels like nonsensical tale set in incredible reality. It's like a magical storybook for adults.