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Huaraui Murakami

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Anyone read any of his books??

Ive just finished the Wind up Bird cronicle as well as Norweigen Wood and Hard Boiled wonderland and the end of the world.


I have to say I think he is an amazing writer, the way he can describe peoples inner most thoughts and mannerisms is mesmerising.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Haruki you mean ;) hes my favourite writer.

    Try Kafka on the shore. Its amazing

    I LOVED the wind up bird chronicle and Norwegian wood, but wasnt quite so keen on hard boiled wonderland, alhough i did get more into it towards the end. it was much more fantasy than the others wasnt it. Not so much my genre
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kafka on the shore is my fave too, the first one I read was Dance, dance, dance which I really enjoyed as well.

    He's amazing :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    just ordered that. cheers for the recommendation
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    I've only read Sputnik Sweetheart and I have to say it left little mark on me - I can barely remember what it's about. But I've heard such good things about Kafka on the Shore that I'm definitely going to check it out. :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i didnt think that much of sputnik sweetheart either. It was alright for a read, but its not one of his best. I felt a bit empty afterwards, like there should have been more to it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    On such highly respected recommendations, I shall order and read 'Kafka on the Shore'. Thank you. :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeh im gonna order it now too, cheers!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'd read Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart and Kafka on the Shore, and while I've enjoyed Murakami's almost dream-like style, I do wonder whether some scenes are deliberately sensationalistic. I wouldn't want to give away in a spoilers because it seems like people are currently reading or at least intend to read some of his novels, but I'm talking about the erotic bordering on the taboo and the violence bordering on sadism. I feel that it contrasts so strongly with the tone and atmosphere of the rest of the novels that I personally find it a little overbearing at times, that he's trying a little too hard.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i just finished dance dance dance

    I enjoyed it, although dont think its his best.

    Theres something about murakami books. Theyre so relaxing to read. I get a real slice of life feeling, like a mike leigh film, but theyre surreal and extrordianry too. The characters are so normal, and hes so descriptive
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