Death by hedonism.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me. I’ve come back to Uni and everything has kicked off all at once. Everything is happening so fast, at the same time, it’s difficult to keep up with everything… but I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

For the few nights I’ve been staying in, I’ve begun to read Murakami’s works. He’s a writer I’ve known about for several years, but have never quite got as far as reading.

He’s odd.

In a good way, you understand. His writing catches the essence of the everyday, but there is a slight haunting quality to his stories, something I can’t quite put my finger on. I’ve been reading South of the Border, West of the Sun and After the Quake. Both share this elusive feeling of something that could be a wrongness, but I’m never quite sure. It makes his stories very interesting to read, whatever it is he’s doing.

Amazingly, these last few weeks I’ve been able to cram in all kinds of things I enjoy, despite the odds. I don’t think I can keep it up for much longer to be honest, it really takes it out of you over time. Some reading, a bit of writing, a dash of guitar, a hint of circus skills, and a whole lot of partying with friends.

So that’s me, living in the moment. A car-crash lifestyle of all of the best sorts of fun.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kahlua cocktail
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 22:22:32

    Hey, Thanks for posting this. You have made some really interesting point in this article. I like it and I’ll keep coming back. Bye!


  2. smallestofthings
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 19:59:42

    I love Murakami and I agree with the ‘haunting’ aspect of his writing, as you describe it, something almost ethereal. Reading his books I always feel like there’s a hidden dimension in there, he paints the world in an otherworldy way, if that can make sense. I recommend Norwegian Wood as a next read if you chose to explore more of his work.


    • quintconsequential
      Oct 30, 2011 @ 15:41:03

      Thank you, smallestofthings! As a matter of fact, Norwegian Wood is sitting quietly next to my bed, waiting for me to calm down enough to join it. Not sure if that’s going to happen for a little while though, as I’m seriously considering taking part in NaNoWriMo and that craziness begins in just two days…


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