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Offline alexs

Haruki Murakami
« on: November 17, 2011, 11:28:27 AM »
Only discovered his work last month... perhaps more fiction than fantasy, but clearly strong elements of fantasy drive his work. I first read AFTER THE QUAKE, a collection of short stories all centered around the 1996 Kobe earthquakr.

And I just finished KAFKA ON THE SHORE, which is one of the most unusual and addictive books I've ever read. Great characters, every page a fascination. Atmospheric, absurd, mysterious.

Really looking forward to reading more of his work... any recommendations welcome!

Offline Jeni

Re: Haruki Murakami
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 01:43:59 AM »
It must be about 10 years since I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I enjoyed it, but after I'd finished it I felt that due to my lack of knowledge re: Japanese culture, history and traditions, I had missed the significance of some of the events and passages. I was left wondering if I had actually understood the book 'correctly', or even at all. I still have the book and plan to re-read it at some point in the future.... I'm hoping that maturity will give me the perspective and understanding that was missing for me when I read it the first time.

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Haruki Murakami
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 04:38:18 AM »
I'm a big fan as well - Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is cool, although my favorite is the Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Or possibly even A Wild Sheep Chase!

About halfway through his new book now - IQ84. Feels more modern than his other books - more earthy and gritty and such. But also more... epic. His books are always slow, but they're generally more meandering. This has a build to it.

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Re: Haruki Murakami
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 04:46:29 PM »
I have the added advantage of a Japanese degree under my belt, because I definitely find his work is better read in the original.

But that is an entirely unhelpful comment, so I shall try rectify that.

I don't feel that you necessarily have to know a lot about Japanese culture to pick up hidden meanings in Murakami's work, more just know that the Japanese think very differently to us Westerners. There's an inherent spirituality there, and things that we would see as "out there" are often fairly normal, you just have to look at anime and Japanese films to see that.

Murakami is fun though, if you put the time in.
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Offline AlexEatsBooks

Re: Haruki Murakami
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 12:16:32 PM »
I LOVE Murakami ^.^

First read Kafka on the Shore a number of years ago and have since re-read it several times and it's still one of my favourite books of all time. It's hard to explain just what it is that draws you in, you just are and it's an amazing journey.

I also really enjoyed Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and After Dark. I do have 1Q84 to read but am waiting for some free time to give it the respect and love that it deserves (that doesn't sound cheesy at ALL *laughs*)
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