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fummeltunte from Seattle is reading The Left Hand of Darkness October 21, 2011 - 10:12am

Chip Kidd from Knopf talks about how they designed the book jacket for Murakami's new release, 1Q84. 

http://io9.com/5851834/chip-kidd-talks-about-designing-the-cover-for-haruki-murakamis-new-novel-1q84

What are your Murakami favorites? 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 21, 2011 - 10:35am

Thank you for the link, cool stuff. I've only read a handful of Murakami's books but I thought After Dark was the best mix of story and style I've seen from him.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 21, 2011 - 10:51am

Kafka on the Shore was the first I'd read by him, so it has a special place on my bookshelf, but I think the Wind-Up Bird Chronicles is my favourite.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Wind-up Bird and Hard-Boiled Wonderland. But I've only read 4 total so I'll peek at your suggestions.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life October 21, 2011 - 12:47pm

Reading 1Q84 for a future LitReactor review. It's my first Murakami and I am quite liking it.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 21, 2011 - 2:01pm

I read a bunch of his stuff in a 2 month long splurge years ago.  I remember liking  A Wild Sheep Chase  and Dance, Dance, Dance a lot.  Sputnik Sweetheart was really good.  I think my favorite was Hard -Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

I haven't read anything by him since that splurge though.  I should probaby give him another go. 

I think his style is very similar to Paul Auster's, but his content is much different.

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BenevolentForce from Los Angeles is reading 1Q84 October 21, 2011 - 2:12pm

Thanks for the link.  So excited for Tuesday, and jealous of Josh regarding the early copy.  I've heard it's 900+ pages of pure opus.  We'll see.

Kafka on the Shore has been my favorite of his thus far, but I think Wind Up Bird is probably a better story overall.  I just love the idea of living in a library.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life October 21, 2011 - 2:15pm

I've heard it's 900+ pages

 

That it is, sir, but it reads real easy-like.

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions October 21, 2011 - 8:53pm

I've read all but the latest one.  My favorite is his first, Hear the Wind Sing, which he dislikes (and I believe he refuses to let it be released in the US).  It's a weird little book, lacks any of the complexity of his later stuff, but I really like Murakami's atmosphere and mood as much as anything, and it's told in a very clean and innocent voice and is pretty heartbreaking.

 

I've liked all of his novels, particualry Wind-Up Bird and Kafka, but there's something in every novel that's left me just a little dissatisfied (I can't really put a finger on it).

 

For my money the best thing he's ever written is the title story "The Elephant Vanishes."  It's a brilliant story and I think a pretty good distillation of all the things he does well.  

 

Unrelated news, above he was mentioned in relation to Auster.  In the Paris Review Interviews vol.IV, Auster and Murakami's interviews are back to back, and are both excellent reads if you get the chance.

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Izzy Parker from Georgia is reading Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World October 23, 2011 - 9:47am

The only one I've read is Kafka on the Shore, which I really enjoyed. One of those books that when I finished, I was already looking forward to re-reading. I just picked up Hard Boiled Wonderland and will definitely be checking out 1Q84.

There was a write up on Murakami a couple days ago in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/magazine/the-fierce-imagination-of-haruki-murakami.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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Adam from Denver is reading books... October 24, 2011 - 12:14am

The only one I've read is A Wild Sheep Chase, and I liked it very much. It is one of those books that I had to finish as soon as possible because I couldn't get the thing thing out of my head while I was doing other things throughout my day. It was disconcerting, but in a good way...

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JGates from Lancaster October 24, 2011 - 1:44pm


I feel them same way about A Wild Sheep Place. Like all Murakami's novels, it leaves you without a definite conclusion, but more so than any of the six or seven of his other novels I've read. Great writer. I always go back to him when I feel a little disilussioned with reading.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 24, 2011 - 3:09pm

Dance, Dance, Dance is the sequel to that.  You both should check that one out too.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 24, 2011 - 4:25pm

It's a Sheep trilogy, no? Pinball, A Wild Sheep Chase, Dance Dance Dance

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 24, 2011 - 6:09pm

No, the trilogy ends with A Wild Sheep Chase.  There are two books before it.  But I don't think they are available anymore (at least in the States).

Dance Dance Dance is the sequel, but not part of the original trilogy.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 25, 2011 - 8:47am

@Pete my mistake - I read all his books in such short succession, much of them is a blur.

that said, Tales from the Underground - his interviews with survivors and people involved with the Sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway in 1995 was decent as well - I was living there until the year before it happened. The man has an incredible sensitivity.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 25, 2011 - 10:21am

@postpomo: Yeah I think I stated above, I read most of his books in like a couple of months.