Mainstream fiction, from all-time classics to contemporary novels
Mar 8th, 2011, 10:07 am
Twelve Novels by Haruki Murakami
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Overview: Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. He met his wife, Yoko, at university and they opened a jazz club in Tokyo called Peter Cat.
His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize, for his novel Kafka on the Shore, and the Jerusalem Prize. He is considered an important figure in postmodern literature. The Guardian praised him as "among the world's greatest living novelists" for his works and achievements. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Genre: General Fiction/Classics

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Rat 01 - Hear the Wind Sing: The author wrote this, his first novel, one hour at a time every night for four months. The story takes place in 1970 over a period of nineteen days between August 8 and August 28, and is narrated by a 21-year-old unnamed man. The story covers the craft of writing, the Japanese student movement, and, like later Murakami novels, relationships and loss. The story contains forty small chapters amounting to 130-pages.

Rat 02 - Pinball, 1973: The plot centers on the narrator's brief but intense obsession with pinball, his life as a freelance translator, and his later efforts to reunite with the old pinball machine that he used to play. He describes living with a pair of identical unnamed female twins, who mysteriously appear in his apartment one morning, and disappear at the end of the book.

Rat 03 - A Wild Sheep Chase: The story of a man, a girl, her ears and a very special sheep. It is a world where people sweat about their careers, drink too much, and drift through broken marriages. The protagonist is an advertising executive who finds himself drawn into an elaborate quest for a mysterious sheep.

Rat 04 - Dance, Dance, Dance: Combining an offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose, this novel is an assault on all the senses, a murder mystery that is also philosophical speculation, and a dark fable of advanced capitalism.

Norwegian Wood: Toru Watanabe is looking back on the love and passions of his life and trying to make sense of it all. As his first love Naoko sinks deeper into mental despair, he is inexorably pushed to find a new meaning and a new love in order to survive.

The Hard-boiled Wonderland and End of the World: This novel tracks one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, to unite East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: Toru Okada is an apparently happy man - his domestic routine seems familiar and comfortable. Admittedly, he has recently quit his job, the cat has disappeared, and a strange woman has begun to bother him with explicit phone calls. Then one day his wife does not come home from work.

South of the Border, West of the Sun: Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, Hajime and Shimamoto had been childhood sweethearts. The two eventually lost touch but now, in their thirties, they meet up again. Hajime, now a father and husband, finds himself catapulted into the past, risking all that he has in the present.

Sputnik Sweetheart: Lost in space or a loser in love? Twenty-two year-old Sumire is in love for the first time - with a woman seventeen years her senior. Surprised that she might, after all, be a lesbian, Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K. about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire and should she ever tell Miu how she feels about her? K., a primary school teacher, is used to answering questions, but what he most wants to say to Sumire is, "I love you."

Kafka on the Shore: The novel follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu, reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world¹s toughest fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to spend his days—continuing his impressive self-education—and is befriended by a transgendered clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: A young man accompanies his cousin to the hospital to check an unusual hearing complaint and recalls a story of a woman put to sleep by tiny flies crawling inside her ear; a mirror appears out of nowhere and a nightwatchman is unnerved as his reflection tries to take control of him; a couple's relationship is unbalanced after dining exclusively on exquisite crab while on holiday; a man follows instructions on the back of a postcard to apply for a job, but an unknown password stands between him and his mysterious employer.

After Dark: A short, sleek novel of encounters set in the witching hours of Tokyo between midnight and dawn. At its center are two sisters: Yuri, a fashion model sleeping her way into oblivion; and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's into lives radically alien to her own: those of a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before; a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maidstaff; and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman.

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Mar 8th, 2011, 10:07 am
Last edited by merry60 on Mar 1st, 2016, 3:18 pm, edited 38 times in total. Reason: And again.

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Mar 8th, 2011, 10:56 am
Nice release, merry! 7x5 WRZ$ + 3 WRZ$ for mirror rewards. Category : Novels.
Mar 8th, 2011, 10:56 am

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Jul 26th, 2013, 12:20 pm
Five books added today:

    Hear the Wind Sing
    A Wild Sheep Chase
    Norwegian Wood
    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Jul 26th, 2013, 12:20 pm

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