Sunday, December 27, 2020

Nine great books with lonely protagonists

At Hillary Kelly tagged nine of the best books with lonely protagonists, including:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Not many novels can claim that large swaths of their plots take place in a well, except Murakami, who sends his protagonists tunneling under the earth at the slightest sign of reflection. In this massive, seminal work — too lengthy and tentacled to explain in all its heavily plotted glory — Toru Okada goes searching for his cat and his wife, both missing, and finds himself encountering mysterious strangers, almost all of whom besiege him as he struggles to move on without knowing where his spouse may be. But the most moving bits are his time alone, gazing in the mirror at a strange blue mark that has bloomed on his cheek, wondering which parts of his lonely existence are dream, and which are real.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is among Amy Bonnaffons's eight novels of unlikely love, KT Tunstall's six best books, Matthew Carl Strecher's ten best Haruki Murakami books and Colette McIntyre's eight books every college-bound student should read.

--Marshal Zeringue