I understand that this is a cultural touchstone of crime literature in Japan, that it's taught in schools and considered a significant work. I liked the prologue a lot but the next couple chapters were REALLY slow and I could feel myself losing interest. I recently said in a review of another work that I don't mind character-driven books where nothing happens as long as I'm engaged, but if I'm not engaged and I'm not particularly invested in the characters, it just becomes a test of wills. For some people, I think this is going to be an instant favorite because of the ponderous pacing and really thoughtful prose (the translators seem to have done an excellent job), but I urge you to read the sample if you have doubts to see if you think it would work for you.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
2 out of 5 stars