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Hi, this is my first post here.
I'm a huge fan of Murakami Ryu, but I've read everything translated of his I can get my hands on. So I decided to move to the other Murakami, simply because everyone always compares and contrasts Haruki and Ryu. I bought and read my first Haruki novel, Norwegian Wood after a hour or so of contemplation in Border's. I couldn't figure out which one of his books to buy as an introduction, so I did the 'open various ones up to differnt parts and see which one grabs you best' thing. And I think I may have made a mistake choosing Norwegian Wood as the first book of his to read. Not to say I didn't like it, but after reading it I wasn't any closer to understanding the large reputation he holds.
I've heard you have to choose the RIGHT book at the RIGHT time in order to really like Murakami Haruki, but no one ever says WHAT book that is or WHAT time it should be.
Basically, I really want to like Murakami Haruki, but I think my choice in introductions was poor. Which book of his would you reccommend to the reader who prefers a less-traditional writing style (as opposed to the style of Norwegian Wood)?
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Date:March 26th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Ha. When I saw you were a Ryu fan, and you mentioned reading Norwegian Wood, my first thought was "no!" It's one of my favorites, but to someone who prefers Ryu's style, I don't think it's a good choice. The two I'd recommend would be Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The former is probably closer to Ryu's style, but the latter is so much better overall.
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Date:March 26th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
haha, thanks for the reccommendations.
Date:March 26th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
No prob. Also, abominable snowmen effuse anal tibet is really cool stuff.
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Date:March 30th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
very much agree with "Hard Boiled Wonderland" being the first choice. but be warned, "Wind-Up Bird" is intense as all hell, and tough to stomach without thinking horrid things. still a good book, but make sure you're ready for it. i wasn't, and it nearly killed me.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
if you're ready for it, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a book that changed my life. I can't look at the world the same way anymore. this book has caused people I know to leave girlfriends of years, drop out of college, change jobs and check themselves into rehab. it's not as if we weren't all crazy enough to begin with, and maybe telling someone this will just build it all up too much, but to me, that book feels like some kind of change-what-you-don't-like-about-life motivator.
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Date:July 31st, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
i'd say it's good to start with either the wind-up bird chronicle or a wild sheep chase. i feel those exhibit murakami haruki at his very best.
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