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Pinball, 1973 av Haruki Murakami
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Pinball, 1973 (utgåvan 1985)

av Haruki Murakami (Författare), Alfred Birnbaum (Översättare)

Serier: The Rat (2)

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Three years after Hear the Wind Sing, in 1973, the narrator has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.… (mer)
Medlem:illmunkeys
Titel:Pinball, 1973
Författare:Haruki Murakami (Författare)
Andra författare:Alfred Birnbaum (Översättare)
Info:Kodansha (1985), 215 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:read-2015

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Lacking in the surrealism and magic of his later works, this is nonetheless a sweetly introspective, slightly unusual tale of two men and their quests to fulfill those indescribable desires in each of us. ( )
  gleipnir | Jun 20, 2020 |
Murakami's Second
Review of the Kodansha English Library paperback (198?) translation of the Japanese original 1973年のピンボール (1980)

Sometime in the throes of my Murakami discovery enthusiasm (probably around the time of the Jay Rubin translation of Norwegian Wood (2000)) I actually chased down the initial English language translations of his first books, Hear the Wind Sing (1979) and this present one, but after reading only a few pages of each, I found them rather uninteresting and put them aside.

After reading my GR friend JimZ's review of the new translations in Wind/Pinball: Two Novels (2015) I decided to give them another shot, not expecting to necessarily enjoy them but to at least investigate them further. Also, in the current world situation, it is a good time to catch up on the unread books in your home library.

I did actually enjoy Pinball, 1973 quite a bit more than Hear the Wind Sing, the latter being seemingly stitched together from disconnected musings and stories. Pinball, 1973 toggles between two existentialist story lines. The narrator is feeling a gap in his otherwise seemingly successful life which he seeks to fill by hunting down a possible scrapped pinball machine of which he was once a master player. His friend, nicknamed The Rat, is lamenting a lost love and is planning to move away from town to travel. I'm not going to say these stories were completely engrossing, but at least they had more of a through plot than the earlier book. The chapters centring on the discovery of the missing "Spaceship" pinball machine did have a dramatic suspense to them as the narrator makes a surreal trip to an abandoned chicken farm in search of his lost mechanical fantasy. That definitely had the stirrings of the mysterious worlds of the future Murakami. ( )
  alanteder | Apr 16, 2020 |
Second of Murakami's novellas of The Rat series. Our nameless narrator waxes poetic over the transcendent quasi-hypnotic trance qualities of a particular pinball machine. When the machine disappears, he embarks on a quixotic search. Mysterious twins show up for a lengthy stay in a deliciously surreal bit of writing. Can already see hints of the mature Murakami in this early work. Glad I read it. ( )
  michigantrumpet | Aug 31, 2017 |
Ein junger Mann arbeitet als Übersetzer, lebt zusammen mit Zwillingen, deren Namen er nicht kennt und ist in Gedanken noch bei seiner Flipper-Leidenschaft. So richtig viel konnte ich damit nicht anfangen. ( )
  Wassilissa | May 26, 2017 |
As this is one of Haruki Murakami's first books (over 30 years ago!), I didn't expect something so good. But I can see why I'm such a fan of Murakami's and I will definitely continue to be. I've heard he has another book coming out within the next few months! Yes, the many Murakami cats, cigarettes and wells were present even in the first books. But he has such a wonderful way with words. I'm also surprised that even in his earliest books Murakami almost knew he would be an internationally famous writer (he is now the most famous Japanese writer) --it seems like his writing itself tries to encompass world culture and not just Japanese culture. But maybe this is one of the reasons he IS the most famous Japanese writer -- he is universal.

Here, the Rat (in three other books) and another nameless main character are now a bit lonely after their lives converge after their obsessions with pinball. There are other people in their lives, but it still doesn't seem the same. I would almost think that both of these characters are the same person, but they live in different places and have different girlfriends (one of them is dating twins.) Or maybe it's the same person from different times in their life? I have no idea! It's short and quirky and excellent. I'm looking forward to reading all of Murakami's other books I haven't read yet, since his earlier writing is so amazing. ( )
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Three years after Hear the Wind Sing, in 1973, the narrator has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.

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