Hear the Wind Sing (Trilogy of the Rat 1) – Haruki Murakami

Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It first appeared in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, and in book form the next month. The novel was adapted by Japanese director Kazuki Ōmori in a 1981 film distributed by Art Theatre Guild. An English translation by Alfred Birnbaum appearedContinue reading “Hear the Wind Sing (Trilogy of the Rat 1) – Haruki Murakami”

Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami

What the hell did I read? This is one of those books that you stop at page 10, read the back of the book again, look at the author and resume reading in hopes something will make sense eventually. Written as a collection of short stories or memories, the Author describes his young life (1967-1973)Continue reading “Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” sold more than one million copies in its first month of publication in Japan in April 2013. I can totally see why! While going through my growing Murakami book collection, I decided to read this interestingly titled story next. One heart is not connected to another throughContinue reading “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami Book Review

Somerset Maugham once wrote that in each shave lies a philosophy. I couldn’t agree more. No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a contemplative, even meditative act. In this pretty short (126 pages) memoir, Haruki Murakami explores the relation between running and writing and how muchContinue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami Book Review”

Sputnik Sweetheart (Supūtoniku no Koibito) By Haruki Murakami

I think there’s a time and a place to enjoy Murakami but I think I just wasn’t in the zone for this book. I put it down frequently and the main character interactions bored me and then even worse, annoyed me. The story is told from the narrator’s point of view, an elementary school teacherContinue reading “Sputnik Sweetheart (Supūtoniku no Koibito) By Haruki Murakami”

South of the Border, West of the Sun * Haruki Murakami * Book Review

I really like Murakami’s longer novels as he has the time to spin off different traits and plot lines and create interesting characters. This is a short story. It’s about a selfish man, single child, who fell in love with a girl when he was twelve but then lost contact with her when he movedContinue reading “South of the Border, West of the Sun * Haruki Murakami * Book Review”

After Dark * Haruki Murakami

A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. It is a very, very short book and I think I forced myself to read it slow, otherwise it wouldContinue reading “After Dark * Haruki Murakami”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle * Haruki Murakami Book Review

From the series of books that are filled with double-meanings and not everything is as it seems (like 1Q84 and Kafka on the shore) comes another story so convoluted that it took me three weeks to finish it and a paper to mark who was who and who could be who. In a Tokyo suburbContinue reading “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle * Haruki Murakami Book Review”

1Q84 * Book 3 (Haruki Murakami)

This is the last book in the 1Q84 trilogy. The other two have been amazing and now the story must slowly draw to an end. 1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami 1Q84 – Book 2 * Haruki Murakami If you really want to know what’s happening here and now, you’ve got to use yourContinue reading “1Q84 * Book 3 (Haruki Murakami)”

1Q84 * Drinking Game

I have enjoyed 1Q84 a lot and in honor of the masterpiece, I have designed the following drinking game. PS (You might want to see the Sailor Moon Drinking Game and the 50 Shades of Gray Drinking Game too) Drinking Game: Drink 1 shot of whiskey: Whenever Aomame thinks about the size of her boobs WheneverContinue reading “1Q84 * Drinking Game”