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My name's Ted and my first Murakami book was Norwegian Wood. When I read it, it changed my life. I'm not sure how to explain it, but after I finished reading it, I took stock of what I had done up to then, and thought, hey, maybe I should do something worthwhile. Lots of major things have happened since then (I got married, for one) and I guess it's all for the better!
I've since read almost all his other novels and short stories since then, and have also reviewed two of his books (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and After Dark) in a local newspaper. What can I say? I'm a big fan.
It really strikes a cord in me, the language he uses is simple yet deep (I am not sure though how much is lost in the translation).
I have read a lot of his books myself and I was never disappointed with anything he writes.
I haven't read Norwegian Wood, but immensely enjoyed reading Kafka on the Shore several months ago.
For some reason I feel that I can relate to the protagonists in his writing better than any other characters in books I've read (despite that I'm female and not Japanese). I never tire of his writing either, although I will admit that some of the "weirder" books rub me the wrong way. I've read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle three times and it still creeps me out.
I don't know that I prefer one mode over the other, but I will say that I consider Norwegian Wood his masterpiece (so far), and that Sputnik Sweetheart and South of the Border, West of the Sun are generally underrated.
By the way, I recently started reading Paul Auster's novels, and one thing that strikes me about them that is similar to Murakami's is that they are basically reiterations of the same themes over and over. In both cases, the fascinating thing is how the authors manage to create interesting new work.
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My name is Fluffy the Poodle. Of course I like to read. But I never thought about a writer: I want to read everything you wrote. Ik do have that with Murakami. I just read South of the border. Nice book. My favorite is still Hard-boiled Wonderland. I prefere those books that are a little weird.
(Excuses: my English is not perfect).
I read Norwegian Wood, and the The Wind Up Bird Chronicle this summer.
I´am currently reading Kafka on the Shore. I love Murakami and his unique asian mystiqe and wonder. So far, I´ve liked The Wind up Bird Chronicle the best.
What books are your favourites by Murakami?
I'm Lee and over the past couple of months I've become a big fan of Murakami. I bought my first Murakami novel, Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world, at the beginning of year and thoroughly enjoyed it - there isn't a single criticism that I could make about it.
What struck me about it is the ease of the language used (though I appreciate this could be due to the translation). I also like the conflicting surreal / mundane elements to his storytelling.
I've since become addicted and read Dance, Dance, Dance, A Wild Sheep Chase, Kafka on the Shore and After Dark - all of which I've enjoyed to varying degrees. Although Dance, Dance, Dance and A Wild Sheep Chase stand out for me.
I'm itching to read more....
My favourite, probably as it was the first I read, is Hard boiled wonderland...
I read of his latest novel 1Q84, although the translation will not be available to English readers for some time.
I ordered Hear the Wing Sing and Pinball, 1973 in their ESL formats from Japan, but haven't read them yet. I always leave at least one Murakami book unread on my shelf, until the next one is released. That way, I don't have to deal with the prospect of their being "no more Haruki Murakami books", even if it is a bit deluded anyway!
On that note, completely and utterly pumped for the English release of 1Q84 this fall. The thought of nearly 1000 pages of Murakami makes me nearly giddy with anticipation!
My first Murakami was Hard boiled wonderland, but unlike many posters here felt it to be less interesting than many of his other works. In part I felt this to be due to a slightly cumbersome translation. Pretty much all the others I have read I have found to be outstanding though.