Rediscovering the Wonder of Murakami


Whenever you discover a new favourite author there's this wondrous moment of inconceivable bliss. That moment when you think to yourself: I want to feel every inked scribble they've ever made. Perhaps a year before I began this blog, I read the beautiful and enigmatic 1Q84 – which I adored. And yet, it was only recently that I rediscovered the wonder of Haruki Murakami.

Murakami's work is so acutely profound, yet reads effortlessly. And, admittedly, his work is simply indescribable. All I can say for certain is: I love the words he writes.

He invites the reader into his world, exposing them to some of the strangest and most wonderful feats of storytelling, only for the reader to leave, no longer in a hazy, dreamlike trance, but as if they've recognised their own reality more vividly than ever before. This is his most brutal talent as an author: the ability to trick the reader into rethinking everything they know, under the guise of surreality. It also happens to be, though, the sign of a great and rare breed of storyteller.

Have you discovered (or rediscovered) a favourite author recently? Have you read any of Haruki Murakami? If so, which is your favourite of his work?
Books Photographed Above: Dance Dance Dance, Kafka on the Shore, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World & Norwegian Wood

14 comments:

  1. I tried out IQ84 a while ago but I think I had to study for exams at the time so I ended up reading it really slowly (as in about 100 pages in a week) so eventually I just gave up. The library has a pile of his books so I've been meaning to give him a go again because I really regret not finishing IQ84.

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    1. It took me a while to read but I loved it! He has some shorter but equally as great books. :)

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  2. I'd never heard of this author before until now! I'm intrigued - I wonder if I should look more into his works! I've more or less been reading authors I've never read books by before lately, not been reading many of the same author!

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    1. His work is wacky but wonderful! Very thought-provoking. Oh and I'm the same – I haven't been reading much by the same author recently!

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  3. I adore Haruki Murakami! Especially Norwegian Wood but also The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and his weirder stories :)

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    1. I'm nearing the end of Norwegian Wood at the moment and it's incredible! I've been meaning to read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle for quite a while. The weirdness of his work is certainly endearing!

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  4. As far as recently discovered favorite authors go, I just found Kate Chopin and fell in love with her short stories. I've been trying to get a copy of her complete works but so far I haven't had any luck. I haven't read any of Haruki Murakami's books, but I definitely will now!

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    1. I've been meaning to read some Kate Chopin for ages! The Awakening sounds exactly like my kind of thing. :) I hope you enjoy them if you do!

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  5. I love Murakami but I haven't read any of his books for a couple of years now - I have no idea why I stopped. I'll probably be reading Norwegian Wood as a part of a "clean the shelves" challenge this year, though.
    My favourites are Hard-boiled Wonderland and the Edge of the World and Kafka on the Shore. Your editions are really beautiful - mine are all mismatched (I read Kafka in Slovenian and Wonderland in English, for example).

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    1. I'm incredibly excited to read Kafka on the Shore for the first time (it sounds like exactly the kind of book I'd enjoy). I love my copies, but I'd still trade all the matching copies in the world to be bilingual!

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  6. I love your post. I've honestly never read anything by Murakami, but I intend to soon. A new author I've come across is Julie Kagawa, and I've been IN LOVE with her writing. Her complex stories and moving writing has kept me intrigued for a long time.
    - Cambrie @ and so the book begins

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  7. Ever tried Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams? Might not be to your taste, but I saw that you described Murakami (who I've never read but, as of reading this post, should like to check out!) as 'wacky but wonderful' and thought of their work! I've only just come across your blog, really enjoying it!

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  8. I can't say I'd heard of this author before your post, but will be looking out for one of his novels the next time I'm at a bookstore! It's been a while since I've fallen in love with a particular author's writing and read their whole collection, possibly due to all of the debuts I read. However, I'm hoping to find my own Murakami this year!

    -Sophie :)

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