When he wrote his first novel, Haruki Murakami confessed in a lecture, friends called to complain because the book made them want to drink. And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz. Jay Rubin, a self-confessed fan, has written a book for. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin.

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I hardly know anything about Murakami’s life, but this seems like a good place to start. No eBook available Amazon. For so lo Don’t read this book until you’ve read all of Murakami’s works. This, as well as a small treatise on the Boku-narrative Murakami uses in Japanese, one that is far more informal than the usual first-person narratives of Japanese literature and also a good explanation for the central mystery of my attraction for Murakami’s novels, that the narrators always seemed to be the same person, and in fact are, to an extentmakes this book well worth purchasing and exploring if you have any interest in Murakami’s writing.

After reading a few Murakami’s works, particularly most of his short stories, I realized that the transition between the real and the magical real in Murakami’s works are not smooth, except for a few exceptionally mmusic pieces such as “Super Frog Saves Tokyo”, “TV People” and “Sleep. Haduki when he writes, his words have a music This book is for people who have already read most of Murakami’s fiction.

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Haruki Murakami and the music of words – Jay Rubin – Google Books

This article pretty much sums up her argument, though: When is anything Murakami-related ever remotely objective? Refresh and try again. An interesting insight into some of Murakami’s favourite music, and how it has influenced, and featured in his works.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Didn’t expect to see him outright dislike some stories! I definitely intend to read this book as part of my self-set ‘Murakami Challenge’.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin

My relationship with Haruki’s we’ve been through enough to be on a muraakami name basis stuff is truly unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. View all 7 comments.

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Who else would know Murakami’s works better than the man translating them into English? I confess I like to classify my reading He was not a member of any literary group very unusual for a Japanese authorand his books were initially frowned upon by such heavyweights as Kenzaburo Oe. Delightfully written and very fair.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

If you’re really keen on Murakami, you should read Rebecca Suter’s book about him. Some terrific tubin into the processes of Murakami’s writing, in particular, how he seeks to create meaning from the unknown – merging the inner and outer worlds from the rubi of his own metaphysical inquiry.

So here goes my advice: Although I guess “it’s cheating” to look over the shoulders of others and peek at their understanding of an author and a work, honestly it helps my understanding and enjoyment.

Allinson Limited preview – Contents The Birth of Boku. For example, the Boku vs Watashi thing is really enlightening and might be a possible explanation as to why Murakami’s female perspectives, the few of them that exist, tend to be awkward. He is particularly good in giving a sense for where Murakami stands in relation to the Japanese literary scene generally. Jay Rubin has translated several of Haruki Murakami’s novels into English and interviewed him extensively over a number of years. I’d say that if you’re in a similar situation then I’d highly recommend this.

Read it in a week, lapping up every word. He could also be accused of writing for the sake of writing as his output is abd phenomenal and covers all kinds of areas and tje. He was never a typical Japanese writer, showing little misic in his native literature or culture, preferring instead to experience American novels and jazz which will come as little surprise to anyone who has read any of his books.

Finally, since I murxkami ahead, there’s also another phase – or is it just a temporary breather from chasing Nobel Immortality – to which ‘After Dark’ and some later short stories might belong. Rubin gives quite a bit of biographical information about Murakami within the context of his writing, which allows the reader to see the connection between Murakami’s growth and changes of writing style in relation to his maturation as a person. I thought that this could have been more meaningful and enjoyable if Rubin divided this into two giving more structure rather than fusing the two in his narratives.


He reveals the autobiographical elements in Murakami’s fiction, and explains how he developed a distinctive new style in Japanese writing. However, this difference was not quite as marked as first appears.

And I think he gives some really useful insight that I would have never been able to access otherwise, stuff about things that just can’t be translated.

Nay also curious about the less positive claims about Rubin himself.

While most US Murakami fans probably only first haruoi of this author in picking up a copy of A Wild Sheep Chase for me, it was finding “TV People” in the fantastic anthology Monkey Brain SushiRubin shows us how Murakami has developed a much more thorough career in Japan and has put out not only an impressive number of translations of classics from the English which was the way he first received any notoriety in the US but travel writing and even has a website where fans can actually get responses from H.

I’m a big Murakami fan, but the more I read, the more I see his flaws. It discusses works inaccessible to most English-speaking readers and offers a decent biographical overview of the author.

To be honest, one thing that bothered me about 1Q84 is that it kept repeating information, especially in Book 1 he kept describing Tengo’s earliest memory over and over and over, for example. I feel that may be true of his first novel, but is also somewhat disingenuous as his work seems to always at ‘least’ be about the individual trying to find his place in this world of chaos, a theme of many writers.

Fortunately, I read some works of those authors, Murakami’s influences. See 1 question about Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words…. It’s just a different reading of the text. The first time he went to America, just wirds his A Wild Sheep Chase got noticed and published internationally, he was the one who sought misic see and meet Raymond Carver and John Irving. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Well worth reading if you’ve read a lot of Haruki’s work, not much point if you haven’t.