What are the best Murakami books?

I’ve read Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, out of those I’ve only liked Norwegian Wood. I wanna give him another chance though, I’ve been thinking of picking up 1Q84, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Hard-Boiled Wonderland, are they good?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Egg Laying City was a really good one.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He doesn’t have a book titled that.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >In an isolated city where the citizens lay eggs containing fragments of their dreams, memories, and emotions, Kenta arrives seeking solace from his past. He quickly becomes entranced by the enigmatic Aya, whose eggs reveal dark and mysterious patterns, and Natsuki, a reclusive artist who transforms eggs into intricate sculptures. Drawn into the city's secrets, they venture into the surrounding forest, where reality blurs and ancient truths await. Confronted by an entity offering a choice between preserving the city's cycle or embracing the unknown, Kenta must decide where his future lies.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >In an isolated city where the citizens lay eggs containing fragments of their dreams, memories, and emotions, Kenta arrives seeking solace from his past. He quickly becomes entranced by the enigmatic Aya, whose eggs reveal dark and mysterious patterns, and Natsuki, a reclusive artist who transforms eggs into intricate sculptures. Drawn into the city's secrets, they venture into the surrounding forest, where reality blurs and ancient truths await. Confronted by an entity offering a choice between preserving the city's cycle or embracing the unknown, Kenta must decide where his future lies.

      I would read the shit out of this book. Good title too...

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    From what I've seen, the consensus is that his best novels are Wind-Up Bird, Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Sheep Chase and Kafka on the Shore. Obviously some people will disagree. Also some of his short stories are really good.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Kafka on the Shore is a bad book. It would be great if he actually gave it a satisfying ending, but the way he ended it ruined the story.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        None of his books have satisfying endings in the normal (Western) sense. He doesn't solve the mysteries or offers clear conclusions.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Norwegian Wood did, that’s why I liked it more than the others.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wind-up Bird is the best of those you mention. My personal favorite is Wild Sheep Chase. I read it every year.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Everyone seems to love Wild Sheep Chase, what makes it so good?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It has by far the best build up and payoff of all his stories.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The winter in the cabin part is so comfy. I'd love to spend a winter like this.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It’s terrible in real life.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What makes you say that?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Enduring a harsh winter without modern technology is a terrible experience.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            He had plenty of food, fuel, and even electricity, there was nothing really harsh about it.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Then it wasn’t a real cabin, a real cabin has no electricity.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Whatever you want to call it, reading about it was comfy, and I hope to be rich enough one day to afford one of those for myself.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance are his best. They are also related to one another.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Kinda got tired of his style so I haven't read him in a while but I think its gotta be Wind Up Bird for me, the WW2 veteran parts especially were KINO.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This one is Kino:
      https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/kino-haruki-murakami

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hated Norwegian Wood. HATED IT! So you won't like the Murakami novels I like.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly, instead of reading any of his books, you should go read "The Golden Bough" by James George Frazer. I know its comparative study on mythology and religion but it really just makes every thing click for his "Supernatural" influences that he litters in his work. IQ84 even has a section on the book as they are trying to beat some themes over your head before getting into the third book.

    But out of the books you suggest, Wind-up Bird Chronicles was alright.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >golden bough
      Is that some atheist shit? I ain’t reading it if it is

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What? A two second google search would tell you. And to be frank, if you aren’t familiar with the basis of Frazer and his influence on literature, you shouldn’t even be here

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Shut the frick up, I’ve read way more novels than you and I’ve never seen that shit being mentioned in a single one of them.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Doubtful, especially if you’ve never even heard of The Golden Bough

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I didn’t read that but I read Eliade’s History of Religious Ideas, which is on the same subject and way more modern and scientific, but why am I telling you this? A stupid dumbfrick like you would probably didn’t even know such a book existed in the first place, just go back to your XIXth century “science” books.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I know Eliade

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Doubt it, or you wouldn’t be relying on outdated XIXth century studies, pseud.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read killing commendatore. I'm surprised no one here ever recommends it

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Is it good?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's as good as Murakami gets to me. I've read norwegian wood, 1Q98 and all short stories of his and it beats them by far. I think anons here might just not have read it, because it's slightly newer? Definitely worth a try

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've only read 1Q84. I thought it wasn't bad. Interesting and relatively engaging albeit a bit taciturn when it comes to answers questions the reader has about the world. Didn't feel like it was a waste reading it but it wasn't anything super special

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      More like IQ 84.
      I'm the first person ever to come up with this joke right

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