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Re: haruki murakami

Post by Martijn » Thu Jan 08, 2009 08:51

indiansummer wrote:I'd advise you to dash out and read the follow-up Dance, Dance, Dance though...
I will probably do that one day anyway. I suppose my main 'problem' with the book is that it's very focussed on the plot; I generally don't like books with big plots very much. That's why I liked After Dark so much.

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Post by nanski » Fri Feb 20, 2009 03:43

Haruki Murakami's speech at the Jerusalem Book Prize: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2009 ... _murakami/
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Re: haruki murakami

Post by cannaboy » Tue Mar 03, 2009 04:34

i loved hard-boiled wonderland, it dismantled my brain at some points
but after every chapter you want to skip the next one to see how the other story goes. it's a craving that never stops
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Re: haruki murakami

Post by Modern Antiquarian » Tue Mar 03, 2009 17:36

I just read Julian Cope's 'Japrocksampler', which gives a lot of social history of Japan in the 60's and adds useful background material for Murakami's stuff. The biography of the early life of J. A. Caesar must have been a big influence on Murakami.

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Mar 03, 2009 18:20

cannaboy wrote:i loved hard-boiled wonderland, it dismantled my brain at some points
but after every chapter you want to skip the next one to see how the other story goes. it's a craving that never stops
I've found it harder than any other Murakami book to get into, to the exten that I'm reading something else right now instead. I'll try again once that's done though.

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Re: haruki murakami

Post by JohaN » Sun Mar 08, 2009 17:23

same here - though i love him to bits, i found "hard-boiled" quite hard to get through... which is not to say i didn't like it in the end!
and i generally like the double-story alternation device in literature: perec's w, or the memory of chidlhood is a great example, and brautigan used it at least twice too, to good effect!
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Post by andyroo » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:39

What I liked about the double story in Hard Boiled Wonderland was the connection between the two and the way it was subtly worked. I don't think it'd be the same with a repeated reading where you know already what the link is, or even that there is a link.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 17, 2009 20:24

Life imitating the art of Murakami? Here.

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Post by RITH » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:44

Did anyone see the 'Norwegian wood' movie? Is it any good?


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Post by indiansummer » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:47

i didn't even know it had been made! eeeeek!

hope his new one surfaces soon
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Post by MaxS » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:48

Murakami might win Nobel this year! http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/au ... literature
It feels little weird. Great, but weird. In my opinion 95% of the Nobel laureates write extremely boring books, no offense..
Has anyone else read 1Q84? I thought it was just ok when it came out, but now that time has passed it has occasionally "haunted" me. Now I consider it one of his best works. Top5 at the very least. Sure there's lot left unexplained about Sakigake and whatever, but I think the "real storyline" of the book was the whole Aomame & Tengo thing which was beautiful.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:15

I've still got IQ84 waiting to be read. I should really get started on my book pile this week...

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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:04

Started reading 1Q84 at the weekend. Only read 80 pages or so but it's shaping up nicely! Probably my favourite opening of any Murakami book I've read.

Shame it's too big to carry around and read on the bus. No, shut up, I'm not getting a Kindle. OK, I will eventually.

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:12

the sheer size of it made it feel like a bit of a slog, but it was still pretty great

Kafka On The Shore is still my favourite Murakami novel, i think
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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:18

You know what though? If I think back through all the Murakami I've read, there's no sense of where one book ends and another one starts. It's just this homogenous mass of weird.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just different. Every other author, I can go "oh, this book is the one about that thing, and this event is the thing that happened in this other book". Not with Murakami. He does things to your brain.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:48

humblebee wrote:You know what though? If I think back through all the Murakami I've read, there's no sense of where one book ends and another one starts. It's just this homogenous mass of weird.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just different. Every other author, I can go "oh, this book is the one about that thing, and this event is the thing that happened in this other book". Not with Murakami. He does things to your brain.
Yeah, I was thinking about this the other day! It makes it a bit difficult to recommend specific books to other people, but then I suppose people should be reading all of his books anyway.

I haven't actually read a book for months. IQ84 is still languishing on the shelf.

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Post by Trev » Mon Oct 15, 2012 13:16

humblebee wrote:Started reading 1Q84 at the weekend. Only read 80 pages or so but it's shaping up nicely! Probably my favourite opening of any Murakami book I've read.

Shame it's too big to carry around and read on the bus. No, shut up, I'm not getting a Kindle. OK, I will eventually.
I've got that in the to be started pile. I think I read the first 10 pages back at the start of the year....
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Post by RITH » Tue Oct 16, 2012 08:23

I liked 1Q84, although it wasn't my favourite. Not sure which one is though.

I agree that most of his fiction is quite similar in weird and style. The exception may be 'Norwegian Wood', which, not necessarily for that reason, is still one of my favourites. I think it was the first of his that I read.

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Re: haruki murakami

Post by Faisselle » Thu Jul 04, 2013 19:53

I found 1Q84 pretty weak unfortunately, and even though I enjoyed it there never was a point where I truly cared about any of the protagonists or the story. The hopelessness in this book is what I found most remarquable, there's always that burden of the unsolved tensions throughout the novel that move in such a slow yet impredictable way that it's fascinating.

Maybe I grew tired of the empty main male character that seems to be the same in every of Murakami's novels. But I agree with the comment made earlier, his novels blend together in such a way that each page builds up to the image of the author's world, and having the same hero every time adds to that feeling. I do wonder if Murakami ever empathizes with his characters or if he's like one of them.

(Did I just write too much ? yes.)

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