Story without end

Sorry but this is another blog about books, sort of. I’ve been getting through a lot of them during COVID and have just finished ‘After Dark’ by Haruki Murakami. His work is described as surrealism‎ or ‎magical realism‎ and I have been on a bit of a streak of his work. Don’t worry, there are plenty more for me to get my teeth into.

What I like about his books is that there are strong characters and their stories never come to a final conclusion. You are always left wondering what happens, not in a frustrating way as in Kafka novels but in an intriguing way. His stories and characters are rich, interwoven and could go on forever. They are stories without end.

You can probably see where I am going with this. You could see it from space in that life is like a Murakami story. Things don’t start and end. Everyone’s story builds on someone elses and is passed on to the next bearer of the baton. Even something as dramatic as the pandemic hasn’t stopped the story. 

While our lives , in many ways have been turned upside down, the great story of humanity goes on. Many people have died, tragically, while many others have been born. Businesses have struggled and gone bust, while others have never been busier. There is still great injustice in the world: war, famine, poverty and pestilence yet we have shown ourselves to be remarkably resilient with amazing acts of kindness and generosity being seen.

The world is constantly reinventing itself in the face of adversity and opportunity and we are capable of anything, if and when we put our minds to it.

Humanity is a paradox, yin and yang, beauty and the beast, good and evil. We live in the best of times and the worst of times, but that is yet another book.

We are a story without end.

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