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Honestly? I like the guy! I’ve only read Kafka on the Shore and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but I think there’s definitely something to his writing. His prose can sometimes be a bit “procedural,” if that makes any sense, and sometimes I think he might be showing off with his musical references, but he’s definitely talented.

Also - I find it sort of inspiring that he took up fiction writing at the age of 30, or at least that’s what I gleaned from Wikipedia.

What do you guys think? I haven’t seen a Murakami thread in a little while.

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15055103

>>15054852
>Murakami

>> No.15055152

>>15054852
Damn, bro, Murakami's work sucks.

>> No.15055165

He has a lot of annoying writing traits but his books are harmless and enjoyable in small doses.He also happens to like authors I like and references them often, so I am probably biased much like a basedboy would be seeing a Super Mario reference in a work.

>> No.15055469

>>15054852
I've only read Dance Dance Dance from him, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Nothing life changing but it was at least entertaining.

>> No.15055471

>>15054852
>I find it sort of inspiring that he took up fiction writing at the age of 30
Literature is an old man's game, anon. You can't be a good writer at 20 with zero life experience and limited exposure to the great arts.

>> No.15055490

>>15054852
His name is haruki not Ernest

>> No.15055501

>>15055490
I much prefer Haruki Hemingway tu bi onest

>> No.15055969

I've only read Norwegian Wood. It was okay.

>> No.15056016

He's fun to read, I wish I knew of more authors who successfully do magical realism for a bit more variety though.

>> No.15056133

>>15055490
Haruki Goes to Camp is a classic.

>> No.15056307

>>15056016
i enjoyed "for the time being".

>> No.15056326

>>15054852
He's comfy

>> No.15056399

>>15054852
He's enjoyable and creates comfortable settings, but to many people his recurrent themes and topics tend to be annoying. I can't judge his prose honestly, since it probably changes a lot from translations, even if he oversees the ones in english.

>> No.15056404

>>15056016
Have you read the boom authors? Cortázar, Márquez, Llosa and co.

>> No.15056426

>>15054852
Are you young? He writes YA.

>> No.15056429

What do you guys think about hard boiled wonderland? I'm reading it right now

>> No.15056444

His newest is his best yet, imo

>> No.15056475

out of the ones I've read:

top tier
>Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
>The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

pretty good
>A Wild Sheep's Chase
>Kafka on the Shore
>Norweigan Wood

shit tier
>Wind/Pinball
>Dance Dance Dance

I feel like I've read enough of him, but is there anything else I should

>> No.15056593

>>15056307
Thanks for the rec I'll check it out

>>15056404
I've been meaning to read 100 years of solitude but haven't gotten around to it yet. Never heard of Llosa before but I'll look into it a bit more, thanks.

>> No.15057575

>>15056475
1Q84 and Killing Commendatore are good

>> No.15057608

>>15054852
This man, in my country, he is nothing.

>> No.15058216

>>15057575
Did you read part 2 of Commendatore? I've only read the first part and I'm hoping part 2 isn't like in 1Q84.

>> No.15059159

>>15058216
not him but imo that's Murakami's best.

>> No.15060578

>>15056475
I rec After Dark

>> No.15060730

>>15054852
Not gonna lie I got strong and firm boners reading Norwegian Wood.

>> No.15060749

>>15056475
Commendatore and his short story collection are both good. I liked some parts of 1Q84 but large parts of it were absolutely unbelievably awful.

1Q84 also features a lot of things from Wind-up Bird, most notably entire chapters from Ushikawa's point of view.

>> No.15060751

ive only ever pretended to like murakami to score coochie

>> No.15060769

I'm sorta neutral on Murakami. I read "Hard Boiled Wonderland," and yeah it was fun but it wasn't super deep. He's like a high-brow literary YA novelist imho. Just references American pop culture a lot, so people like him in the US.

>> No.15060781

He's alright but nothing I would go out of the way to buy as soon as one he has a new release.

>>15056475

Top tier:
>Kafka on the Shore
>Colourless Tsukuru
>What I Talk About When Talk About Running

Pretty good
>Hardboiled Wonderland at the end of the World
>Underground
Shit tier:
Norwegian Wood
A Wild Sheep Chase

>> No.15061085

I liked most of The Elephant Vanishes short story collection.

>> No.15062215

>>15060781
shit taste if you liked colorless tsukuru more than hard boiled wonderland

>> No.15062484

Only have read Norwegian Wood and After Dark, liked both of them well enough.

Trying to read Wind Up Bird Chronicle in Japanese and I'm like two pages in. I'm way over my head.

>> No.15062504

I enjoy reading his work a lot. Granted I have to leave about a year gap at least, otherwise it's basically all the same. I mentioned this recently but I see each of his novels as a waking dream mixed with the mundanity of life. Those kinds of dreams where you're half awake but don't want to fully wake up from because the dream is so enjoyable. Cross that with some descriptions of cooking and classical music and you have Murakami in a nutshell. I've read the below and they're all worthwhile, 'What I talk about...' is obviously a big departure but it's very motivating if you run/want to take it up as a hobby;

- Kafka on the Shore
- Colorless Tsukuru
- Killing Commendatore
- Wind Up Bird Chronicles
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

>> No.15063145

>>15056475
>Pinball
i really liked pinball
it's very different from his other work so i'd recommend it do those of you who like murakami but are sick of reading the same novel all the time

>> No.15063200

Are there any magical realism novels that set in modern city beside Murakami's works. I read One hundred years of solitude but it has a village-tribe setting.

>> No.15063283

As others have said his writing is comfortable and I love the way he describes the settings and surroundings of an area, but some of the prose leaves a lot to be desired.
Case in point from Norwegian Wood:
""OK," she said with a kind smile. Then she unzipped my trousers and took my stiff penis in her hand."
It feels robotic.

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