Chapter Five: Toru gets a letter from Naoko that goes on for pages but doesn't say much. Toru then hops a bus to visit her. This chapter is an appropriate length. Appreciate it while you can.
Chapter Six: Toru arrives at Ami Hostel and meets Reiko, Naoko's roommate. I liked Reiko quite a bit until she told Toru the story of how her thirteen-year-old piano student seduced her and made her question if she was a lesbian. The whole situation--and the way she described it to Toru, who she just met yesterday--was so bizarre and kind of unbelievable that I was wondering if maybe Reiko is the pathological liar, not her student. I think there are many things we've yet to learn about Reiko.
In chapter six I found myself liking Naoko; before she was more like a mannequin than a real character, but now her story is finally unfolding and providing her with substance and emotion. After hearing about her sister, I wanted to reach right into the book, push Toru aside, and give her a hug. But alas! This is fiction and I can't hug Naoko, so I'll just provide a picture of Murakami hugging himself:
Will Toru ever manage to capture light in his hands?
Will Storm Trooper make his triumphant return in chapter seven?
Will Murakami discover that there is, in fact, an easy way to divide 80+ pages into multiple sections?
See you all next week!