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Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Although I’m a fan of all of Murakami’s novels, I haven’t enjoyed his short stories. This is the first collection that I really liked. The only difference that I can put my finger on is that these short stories have … Continue reading

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Wind / Pinball by Haruki Murakami

These two short novellas were the first works published by Murakami and are now back in print. They tell about a young guy and his friend, Rat, and touch on a lot of themes – friendship, loneliness, inertia, vocation, and love. … Continue reading

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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

A boy becomes trapped in a library and has to plot his escape. His plight is told in Murakami’s usual matter-of-fact way, which effortlessly creates the everyday bizarre. Perhaps because the story is short, I found it didn’t have the usual lustre of … Continue reading

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A 30-something Tsukuru Tazaki begins a pilgrimage to discover why his four best friends from high school announced during his first year at university that they no longer wanted him part of their lives. Tsukuru finally decides to unravel the … Continue reading

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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

All of these short stories are set around the time of the 1995 Kobo earthquake. I loved a couple of these stories. But even when I wasn’t loving one, I deeply appreciated how Murakami writes so matter-of-factly and believably about … Continue reading

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IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

I found myself disliking this book in the beginning because it was much neater and more tightly structured than any other Murakami before. Then I got to the place in the story which gives the structure meaning, and I breathed … Continue reading

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

One reviewer of this book called it “a quirky gem.” It is. It lets you get inside the head of Murakami and you get to see what makes him tick. You learn how his running is so essential to his … Continue reading

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