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The author of the book: Haruki Murakami
Date of issue: March 28th 2012
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.4
ISBN 13: 9784101001593
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You may not know this, but I've been studying japanese for some years now, and if my memory serves me right I started this book last year. Yup. And my slow reading speed (for this book) is not because I thought it difficult to read in japanese but mainly because some other things interfered with my reading; also, the story is not that gripping (at least for now) so that didn't help either. I read Norweian Wood in spanish and liked it although not very much. Now I could 'feel' Murakami's real writing and... it's interesting. I think his main asset is the way he writes metaphors, they are very weird and amusing. It's curious that, when you're reading a passage suddenly he's talking about something else like historical events and they go on for some paragraphs and then comes back to the story; I don't know if that's good or bad for the story's momentum, but it's definitely surprising. In japanese, writers can use (like in English) archaisms to sound literary, but they also have another advantage which is the kanji. To sound mysterious and interesting they don't write the word in hiragana (one of 3 alphabets) but they use obscure kanji or mix words, and I found some of that here, which is really attractive; I doubt one would find obscure kanji in a mystery novel less so in a translation of an English book for example (unless the English word is obscure too). I would say that if you have a n3 level of proficiency in japanese you can read this with a good dictionary. 1Q84 is divided in 3 parts, but the edition I have is the first half of the first book, barely 350 pages, but I'm in no rush to finish the next parts, because like I said, this is not a very interesting story and it dragged a bit with a lot of description, but maybe later. I will read Dan Brown's Inferno in Japanese next for a change of pacing...
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Read information about the authorMurakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...
Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.
Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko. His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works. Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse 'Peter Cat' which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.
Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: The Thieving Magpie (after Rossini's opera), Bird as Prophet (after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird), and The Bird-Catcher (a character in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute). Some of his novels take their titles from songs: Dance, Dance, Dance (after The Dells' song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune), Norwegian Wood (after The Beatles' song) and South of the Border, West of the Sun (the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole).
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