“The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent. Or at least I imagined it was ascent. There was no telling for sure: it was so slow that all sense of direction simply vanished. It could have been going down for all I knew, or maybe it wasn’t moving at all. But let’s assume it was going up. Merely a guess. Maybe I’d gone up twelve stories, then down three. Maybe I’d circled the glove. How would I know?”
‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami
Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Slaughterhouse 5’ by Kurt Vonnegut Jr
‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen
‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov
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Murakami is a sensation for many readers but I can’t read his work. Got half way through The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and decided I’d given too many hours of my time to a book I didn’t enjoy and couldn’t relate to. I respect your admiration for the opening paragraph of Hard-Boiled but my frustrated experience with Bird left me unwilling to try another of his books.
Did you like the book as well as the opening?
Yes, I’ve read five or so of his books, not all, and not for a while. SD
Sandra, would you especially recommend this book, (besides the opening) or any of his others? I’d be willing to try another of his books if it came with a glowing recommendation from someone whom I admire.
I started with ‘Norwegian Wood’, perhaps try that. Probably more accessible when you are not used to his style. I’m very fond of Murakami, there’s no-one quite like him! 🙂