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 suburb … Continue reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle * Haruki Murakami Book Review

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1Q84 – Book 2 * Haruki Murakami

The story of Aomame (spelled like Green Peas) and Tatsuo continues in the second book of the 1Q84 series with Aomame heading towards the great Leader's hotel room in order to kill him. The year is 1984. In a parallel world, the year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about … Continue reading 1Q84 – Book 2 * Haruki Murakami

1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami

“[1Q84] gets off to a vintage Murakami start: eerie wrinkles in an otherwise ordinary Tokyo day. A woman stuck in traffic decides to get out and walk. A struggling novelist is roped into a shady writing project. But with every page, the ready edges closer to an Orwellian rabbit hole. And when the plunge comes, … Continue reading 1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami * After the quake book review

For the characters in after the quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Miyake left his family in Kobe to make midnight bonfires on a beach hundreds of miles away. Fourteen-year-old Sala … Continue reading Haruki Murakami * After the quake book review

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something … Continue reading Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions

Kafka on the Shore * Haruki Murakami

It took me close to two weeks to finish this colossal book. Not because it was a drag to read but because every sentence was filled with meaning and every turn in the book drove me deeper into a labyrinth that transcended death. Having only read before "Norwegian Wood", I found this book having some … Continue reading Kafka on the Shore * Haruki Murakami

I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood * Norwegian Wood

"Let me just tell you this, Watanabe," said Midori, pressing her cheek against my neck. "I'm a real, live girl, with real, live blood gushing through my veins. You're holding me in your arms and I'm telling you that I love you. I'm ready to do anything you tell me to do. I may be … Continue reading I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood * Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami Book Review

Before I bought this book, I've heard so many things about it. Publishing this book in Japan made Murakami somewhat a 'literary superstar' in his country. Out of all his works, i think this is the first and 'only' normal novel he has written. Normal in a good kind of way. If you've read at … Continue reading Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami Book Review