What's your favorite Murakami book?

What's your favorite Murakami book?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hardboiled Wonderland.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      digits and fpbp

      i liked after the quake
      everything else kinda sucks, but kafka on the shore sucks in a good way

      I love AtQ, but I don't agree with the rest.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    any where he feels the need to describe panties but a wild sheep chase in particular

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. It was great though.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've only read After the Quake. It was alright. Superfrog was such a bro.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i liked after the quake
    everything else kinda sucks, but kafka on the shore sucks in a good way

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For me, its either Norwegian Wood or In The Miso Soup

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this is a troll right?
      It must be a troll

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What do you mean?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Wrong Murakami

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Just because you don't like it means its a "wrong" Murakami? Frick off lol

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm the original replier.
          One is by haruki and the other by ryu, the director.
          Very different writers. Probably you confused them when reading in traslation. The ones I enjoyed the most from Ryu where Almost Transparent Blue and Coin Locker Babies.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    Read it as someone who saw the anime Haibane Renmei, which is, as I understand it, the only piece of media that seemed to take direct inspiration from The Town in the book. It's so hard to find a stories that capture the same sense of enigma.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've heard it said that Lain is the Hardboiled Wonderland while Haibane is the End of the World. Curious to read the book now, only just watched Haibane and fricking loved it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Enjoy the Hardboiled anon. It's a very unique experience from beginning to end. It deals with certain concepts and paradoxes that kinda forced me to do a bit of research, but I can say that having an understanding of what's going on is absolutely worth it, and gives it an emotional potency that I've rarely come across elsewhere.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I can say that having an understanding of what's going on is absolutely worth it
          Can you elaborate? What's your interpretation on what's going on in the book? I've read it 3 times but I'm still not quite sure... It's been a while since I read it the last time but I think it's at least in part about the main character going through a sort of early midlife crisis, coming to terms with death and transience of life. That's all I could figure out

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'll try to summarize what I can... The two seemingly underrelated stories actually exist in the same narrative, but in different parts of the brain. The unnamed main character has had, since birth, an inner part of his sub-consciousness that was somewhat isolated from the rest. Upon becoming a Calcutec, he was given a special kind of experiment by the Professor that involved the creation the setting of The Town in his mind. This is the actual setting of the second story. Due to the nature of the experiment detailed in the Elephant Factory chapter, somehow this part of his brian was stopped at a particular point in time and exists in a sort of tautological time paradox. It is then revealed that the "switching" device used to manage the circuts of his brain for shuffling were malfunctioning, and that within a couple days, his mind would become trapped within this dreamworld for all eternity. He could let this happen... or kill himself and die like everything else. That's the somber ultimatum given to him. Just the idea of achieving everlasting in that specific way is disquieting in a way that's hard to put into words.

            Forgive me if I butchered that explaination guys, but I that's the best I can come up with. lol

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >was malfunctioning
            >die like everyone else
            typos.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I think I understood most of the plot points you described on my second or third read. That is to say, I agree with your interpretation lol. Are you the anon I replied to earlier that said he'd figured out the story?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yep, I had to take a look back in the book when recalling certain things. lol

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's Killing Commendatore

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't particularly like any of them enough to have a favorite.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hardboiled Wonderland > Kafka on the Shore > Bird Chronicle

    I like most of his novels, but 1q84 is one of the most overrated books ever written in my opinion.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >but 1q84 is one of the most overrated books ever written in my opinion
      Is it really overrated tho? From what i generally see book one is the only part considered excellent, two good but worse than one and three just stinks

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ive only read Wild Sheep Chase so that one.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Has anyone read After Dark?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Me, I really enjoyed that noir/mysterious atmosphere, a lil bit different compared with his more magical realism novels

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Finished it like yesterday lol, pretty mid compared to his other works

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The one that didn't get published, like all of them shouldn't have been. Japanese flavored boomer is still boomer.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Started off with Norweigan Wood years ago - was good because of how strange it felt.

    Moved on to the windup bird chronicles, which I read while pretty ill. As a fever dream it feels quite good to read.

    Moved onto 1q84. I was... alright. Couldn't and will never finish the last 80 or so pages.

    After dark is subdued, straightforward. One of his best.

    Just finished Kafka on the Shore, which is by far his best that I've read so far.

    For anyone who hasn't had the opportunity, read any book of his that you find. There's something admirable about each, even if it's not the story itself.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1. wind up bird chronicle
    2. kafka on the shore
    3. after dark

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’ve only read Norwegian Wood, but I liked it. It probably would have resonated with me more in my late teens early twenties.

    The sex scenes were prevertly hot

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle but I loved it, hoping to get a real full translation someday

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >hoping to get a real full translation someday
      ?

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Wonderland is the only one that I'd actually call good.

    Most of his books feel like worse versions of Kafka and I didn't like Kafka very much in the first place. Hear the Wind Sing and After Dark are not only not good but also manage to lack the easy to read airport literature style.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    S: Wind Up Bird, South of the Border/West of the Sun
    A: Kafka, Norwegian Wood, Hardboiled wonderland
    B: Wild Sheep Chase, Men Without Women
    C: Hear the wind sing, Colourless tsuruku
    D: pinball
    F: Killing Com

    This is my tier list of Murakami books ive read. Plan on reading 1Q84 next

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Kafka on the Shore is really good. I haven't read anything else.

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Am I the only one who thinks Norwegian Wood is terrible? I liked Kafka on the Shore, After Dark, and Hard-Boiled tho

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dance Dance Dance. It has a lot of Chandler influence and the fact that he wrote it after reaching celebrity status gives it a relaxing and reflective tone.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I always thought he was more inspired by the other Raymond, Carver. Now I need to reread some chandler and dig out :8DDD.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He was influenced by both, as well as a lot of other 20th century English and American literature. I think that's part of what makes him so easy to enjoy even in translation

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1Q84, Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Hard Boiled Wonderland, Killing Commedatore to round out top 4.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Killing Commedatore
      No one ever mentions this book for some reason, it looks like an interesting story though.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors
        Most people gave up on him around After Dark/1Q84 and haven't read it.

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