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Old 10-10-11, 11:48 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I just finished reading Haruki Murakami's gargantuan "Windup Bird Chronicle" about 15 minutes ago. It took me over 2 months to read, which is possibly more of an indication of my mind's ability to wander and generally be lazy, than the length of the book.
I was wondering if anyone else has read it, or any other Murakami novels/short stories? If so, I'd be open to some discussion on it - and there is quite a lot to discuss.
I'll also recommend it for those who have a fair bit of time on their hands, enjoy the surreal and the philosophy of the subconscious and are partial to character driven - as opposed to plot driven - stories.

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Old 10-17-11, 09:19 AM   #2
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i have read three of his book - wind up bird chronicle, kafka on the shore and norwegian wood. I like surrealist driven books. Also like the novelist franz kafka. Murakami has amazing ideas and philosophies i agree and keeps you guessing as you read. I reckon he would be too strange for some ppls taste. I read him described as fave author for cool twenty somethings and that ellie golding read his novels so i ordered the three above. Only criticism i have is that he talks about being defiled an awful lot and the central theme is sex most of the time.
Havent decided if i will read more. The japanese are obsessed with ww2 still did u get that from his books?

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Yes! The WWII themes have been evident in the two books of his that I've read (Windup Bird and Kafka on the Shore). I don't know if it's an obsession, but it's definitely one of Murakami's idioms that pops up all the time, like cats, earlobes and classical music. Oh and people who speak but don't speak (Like Cinnamon in Windup Bird Chronicle and the woman at the beginning of Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World). I agree, he wouldn't be right for some readers - I found it difficult to read the Windup Bird Chronicle at times, but not necessarily due to the surrealism.
Also - Franz Kafka is amazing :)
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I read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World a few years ago. It was pretty mind-bending. Brilliant stuff.
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