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Posted: Nov 04, 2005 5:25 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 14 Sep 2005 Posts: 16 Location: Philippines
I've read Haruki Murakami's Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood (the best!), and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World...
How about you? Have you read any of Murakami's books?
Posted: Nov 04, 2005 5:56 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 23 Sep 2005 Posts: 1137 Location: USA
I have not read any of his books, but I've heard they're great! He's definitely on my to read list! One of my friends suggested I read Sputnik Sweetheart, which I think is one of his more recent novels.
Posted: Nov 04, 2005 7:27 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
My friend has actually sent me a book of his full of short stories. He's quite an interesting writer Smile
Posted: Nov 06, 2005 5:49 am Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK
South of the Border, West of the Sun is one of my all time favorite books. I remember when i first read it, it was impossible to put down, i still read it a little now and again. Norwegien Woods was good too. I'm currently reading his new book Kafka on the Shore .. and omg it's good Smile
Posted: Nov 06, 2005 9:50 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 06 Nov 2005 Posts: 16
I haven't read Murakamisan's books yet but I heard that they are quite good as well! ^.^
I don't have a friend who can rent me a book <_< because I have no money to buy one XDD I'm too poor *laughs*
Posted: Nov 07, 2005 6:05 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 28 Jul 2005 Posts: 157
My wife has hundereds of books, including most, if not all of Murakami's. He's one of her top 3 authors.

I've not read any yet Embarassed
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 5:41 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 10 Dec 2005 Posts: 14 Location: California
I've a couple books from Murakami~ I had read many of them before but very recently started to read through the books that I own again, and even bought a couple copies of newer books that I didn't have. South of the Border, West of the Sun is probably one of my favorites, but Norwegian Wood had it's moments of poise. I just finished reading Dance Dance Dance, and though at first it was kind of confusing, I did like it!

His writing makes it hard to put down a book Giggle I keep staying up late to finish extra chapters~
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 7:16 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 23 Sep 2005 Posts: 1137 Location: USA
I'm currently reading "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." I've just gotten through the first part. So far I'm finding it pretty interesting. Based on what I've read on the back though, it seems like it's going to get even more interesting. The plot is just starting to really get going.

I'll definitely write more about it once I finish. Wink
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 11:47 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 17 Nov 2005 Posts: 76 Location: Austria
I'm currently reading Norwegian Wood, my first book by Murakami.
I read like the half and it's REALLY good, love it.
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 9:16 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 11 Nov 2005 Posts: 655 Location: Finrando
I havent readed his books...but i have hearded too, thats his books are quite brilliant readings and stuff like that, but only one thing is bothering me about him (what i also have heard is that).
Japanese peoples have been critizising him about the fact that, hes not following the traditions of Japanese literal culture and traditions. And that is the reason mayby, why i have havent readed his books yet.
But of course he is been also praised in japan by his unique style that he has. But that was not this topics point i just looked something about him and i thing, quite interesting writer this guy is (Supuutoniku no koibito) Sputnick Sweetheart (or) lover whatever, seems to be very interesting book mayby i should check it out.
Posted: Nov 18, 2006 3:19 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 12 Nov 2006 Posts: 339 Location: southern California
Hi everyone! My uncle has many of Murakami's books, I have read two of them so far, I took them with me while travelling for my work and I read them in my hotel at night. I read Sputnik Sweetheart and Wind-up Bird Chronicle. I think Murakami is a very fine writier, he can show the most complicated of human interactions very well, with realistic emotional stress, using situations that are slightly fantasy. I like this type of book very much!
Smily in Seattle
Posted: Jan 13, 2010 1:05 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 20 May 2009 Posts: 3564 Location: Seattle, WA
Revived after more than 3 years! I was about to start a new thread which I will do later or within the next few days, but this needs my urgent attention now Laughing

I have actually ready every one of his novels and short stories translated into the English language. I am eagerly waiting for the translation of IQ84 (1984?), his last novel. I can say for certain that Murakami Haruki is my favorite living author. Laughing That's kind of not saying much since the last non-fiction book I read by a living author was the Davici Code (sp?) and it was okay, but not enough to make me want to read anything else from whatever his name is. Other than that, I must have been in Highschool.

side note.. you may be wondering why I have just turned 11 a few weeks ago and can think long back to highscool. That'd be a valid question on your part. Let me just say that... I... was one bright little baby! Laughing Laughing Laughing

Back to what I was saying... Murakami is my guy when it comes to writers that are still alive. I have none other than Utada Hikaru to thank for turning me on to his work. A few years ago, prior to me knowing anything about Ai-chan, I ocassionally posted on her fan site. She had a blog that was translated to English by one of her dedicated fans. One of her posts was that I fan saw a few words of a book on her desk in a picture and wrote to her that it was the "Wind Up Bird Chronicle." Hikki-chan was impressed that the person could guess from just a few words. I looked into the matter and the book sounded very intriguing. I got it from Barnes and Noble or Border or some big bookstoore like that and read about the first 50-100 pages.

In the course of reading those pages, I came to love Murakami and promptly set out to buy each and every one of his books upon which I read one after another. I still enjoy re-reading his short stories from time to time now.

I highly recommend the Wind Up Bird Chronicle first...

It is his masterpiece, but it also makes you want more in my opinion. After that, my next favorite is Norweigian Wood, followed by Kafka on the Shore, followed by Dance Dance Dance and The Wild Sheep Chase. (DDD is the continuation of the Wild Sheep Chase, but I read them in reverse order). Then comes Sputnik Sweatheart followed by Hard Boiled Wonderland and the Edge of the World and South of the Border, West of the Sun. After Dark was good, but I did not enjoy it as much as the rest of his works.

His Short Stories are also wonderful!
Posted: Jan 23, 2010 11:16 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 28 Nov 2009 Posts: 119
Kafka On the Shore was an amazing book.
Words can't describe the feeling Murakami put
into the book Laughing
Posted: Jul 14, 2010 5:25 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 24 Apr 2009 Posts: 23 Location: Nowhere You Want to Be :D
I'd read several of his books, but Dance Dance Dance is the one I remember having the most emotional resonance with me; it was the first Murakami protagonist I really cheered for. (Not that there was anything wrong with others, like from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles--they just didn't hit me the same way.) 'After Dark' was also very good. I loved the idea of setting a novel in one night in a city. He's got such a knack for writing stories that read like dreams--I love it.

Someone mentioned that the Japanese are critical of him because he doesn't follow literary form--is that possibly because he's spent so much time abroad? I heard he actually lived abroad for many years, and it wasn't until the terrorist attack in Japan that he felt he needed to return...hence all the references to Western culture in his work.
Posted: Jul 15, 2010 3:18 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 06 Dec 2006 Posts: 310 Location: England
I've only read "A Wild Sheep Chase" and "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World", and I agree the guy has some very serious talent Smile

"Hard Boiled Wonderland" freaked me out a little though
Even though it is supposed to be sci-fi, the brain connections thingamajig seemed very plausible to me Shocked

I dont know much about his personal life, but both these books seemed to feature a protagonist that was middle aged and rather broken.
Probably used as an interesting empathy tactic ( la "Hamlet") and not a direct reflection of his life
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