Why should I read Haruki Murakami's works

The Best Books By Haruki Murakami You Should Read

World-renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami is best known for his works of realistic, absurd fiction. For an international writer who should rightly be on everyone's reading list, the first question that comes to mind is always the hardest: where do we start?

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Norwegian Forest (1987)

The book that brought Haruki Murakami to fame, Norwegian forest follows Toru Watanabe's student years and his experiences with two women. Set in Tokyo in the 1960s, the novel was a huge hit with students in the 1980s. He saw one of the earliest depictions of the student revolution and inspired many with a passion for contemporary politics and social action. All in all, this is compelling and insightful read, and a good place to begin a journey through Murakami's works.

1Q84 (2009)

Perhaps the most widely read of all Murakami's works, 1Q84 hit the one million mark just a month after its release. The title, a reference to George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four , introduces Action Theater: a fictional Tokyo in a fictional year 1984. The book's premise is based on the idea that a single act will change the entire path of an individual's life, similar to Tolstoy's> Forged Coupon. In this case it is the life of the protagonist Aomame. A compelling reading results.

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Kafka on The Shore (2002)

Kafka On The Shore , Published in 2002, tells two separate but related plots that alternate between them with each paragraph or chapter. How Murakamis connects other novels Kafka on the Shore Pop culture, magical realism, and sexuality, albeit this time with a greater focus on Japanese religious traditions. There's also an overarching tendency towards absurdity in this one, due to the protagonist's long conversations with cats and curious pseudo-nuclear goes on.

A Wild Sheep Hunt (1982)

This mock detective novel has an unnamed protagonist; very unusual, but fascinating and typical of Murakami's style. In truth, the device is only used to enhance the themes of post World War II Japanese cultural identity, sexuality, and Japanese religious traditions present in the book. The third episode of the so-called Trilogy of the rat , this parodistic and animistic tale, closes Murakami's first famous franchise with a typical magical realism.

Dance Dance Dance (1988)

For readers who A Wild Sheep Chase have enjoyed is the sequel, Dance dance dance , a must. Yes sir, what Murakami's favorite book to write about was likely to be a favorite too. In dealing with the issues of loss and abandonment, the novel indirectly includes many of Murakami's real life experiences, which is perhaps why the story is told so beautifully and convincingly and is seldom forgotten once put down!


Author: Bobby Schwartz

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