The Worst Witch Strikes Again eCould ve been focused It wasn t a total bust but Pinball 1973 is definitely one of Haruki Murakami s lesser novels fans only For those who d like to start reading Murakami I recommend checking out A Wild Sheep Chase or The Strange Library instead Hear the Wind Sing an unlikable guy writes about his past relationships Genuinelynjoyable Pinball 1973 an unlikable guy writes aboutpinball and twins Not as genuinely The Truth (Almost) about Bharat enjoyable As always Murakami s writing is spare profound What Ispecially Mr. Christmas enjoyed here was his introssay The Birth of My Kitchen Table Fiction which describes his journey to becoming a great writer He tells of how he taught himself the art of storytelling lots of reading trial Where My Heart Used to Beat errorven learning to become succinct to dispense with overwriting by drafting first in English then translating his story into Japanese There s no such thing as a perfect piece of writing Just as there s no such thing as perfect despairSo begins the opening line to Haruki Murakami s first novella Hear The Wind Sing Perfection like beauty I d beg to argue is in the The Truth (Discworld, eye of the beholderMy obsession with Haruki Murakami started well over twenty years ago On the way home from work an intriguing book title caught myye in a bookstore that no longer Mr. Perfect exists The bookstore was Max Ells for anyone s memory that stretches that far back The book was The Wind Up Bird Chronicle I d never read anything like it I was in book love And so began a long distance relationship that has survived the years This short debut contains two novellas Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 They were written way back in 1979 1980 and only recently published in English I was intrigued from the prologue where Haruki Murakami talks about how he was inspired to begin writing while attending a baseball game He had anpiphany and the idea struck him I think I can write a novel All hail the Secret Suffragette epiphany Eat shit you rich bastards the Rat shouted glowering at me with his hands resting on the barYes you had me at halloBoth novellas feature the mysterious Rat his friend an unnamed protagonist and their local watering hole J s BarThe first story is lighter than fluffy clouds The second has a darker brooding atmosphere like a storm is loomingIt s interesting to note that Murakami s obsession with wells including Martian ones began soarly in the piece Those of you who are familiar with his writing will know what I m talking about I love wells Whenever I come across one I toss in a pebble Nothing is soothing than hearing that small splash rise from the bottom of a deep well There are wells deep wells dug in our hearts Birds fly over themTick also the checklist for the ubiuitous bar the moody barman of few words jazz references to music particularly the Beatles whisky uirky friends cats time memory nostalgia wan girls with inexplicable problems young men pondering 7 Secrets of the Goddess esoteric uestions the restlessness versus inertia ofveryday life Indianomix existential ramblings narrators with no name All themes which Murakamixpands on in greater depth in later novels Outside it had turned pitch black Not a monochromatic but a layered black as if various black paints had been slapped on like butterI My Favorite Earthling (Otherworldly Men, enjoyed this so much To me this is uintessential Murakami Where you get a glimpse of the amazing works yet to come For a starter this has just the right amount of ingredients to tantalize the taste buds As a fan who has read most of his later works I can see from this book how it would lead to bigger and ambitious creations and characters The writing already displays his very uniue voice clearly It was the same old thing over and over again Anndless d j vu that got worse Doglands each time around Sometimes things that happened the day before felt like they had occurred a yeararlier at other times last year s Riveted (Iron Seas, events seemed to have happened yesterday Each day was a carbon copy of the last You needed a bookmark to tell one from the otherI understand completely I love the musings of his mind His thought patterns intrigue me For a first novel I reckon this is pretty darn impressive Shout out to dear friend the talented MrCollski who buddy read this with me Perhaps not the ideal Murakami to start with But then again perhaps it is I m not the right person to ask I m so biased in Murakami s favour But it seems that this intro has intrigued Collinnough to continue with Murakami s other novels As he is uite simply magical A new convert Woo Collin has posted his reviews for the two novellas separately Please have a read as he s made some observations I wish I had thought of darn Links to his reviews are below Hear the Wind Sing Pinball 1973 People are awkward creatures A lot awkward than you seem to realizeCan t argue with that one These are Murakami s An Officer and a Spy earliest novels novellas really asach is only about 100 pages Both are about the same two young men an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate The Rat Actually there is a third Rat book but for some reason it is not included with these two I ve not read the later longer novels but supposedly these two shorts are preuels to
Murakami S Other Novels s other novels Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance DanceThey are about anomie and loneliness of youth as these two young men arly 20 s struggle to find meaning and a role in life Both have girlfriends the narrator is living with two identical twins but there is no real love Their lives are lonely and aimless as they wander around ambitionless smoking and drinking A Chinese bartender plays a role in both stories In their attitudes the two young men are very much alike These is nothing dramatic or spellbinding "about the plots in fact they remind me a bit of what "the plots in fact they remind me a bit of what been said about the American TV series Seinfeld being about nothing Yet Murakami s style grabs you and holds your attention I ll write about Pinball as it has of a traditional plot structure The narrator and a friend have started a freelance translation service from English and French into Japanese The narrator becomes obsessed with an arly pinball game He gives us a bit about the history of pinball and arly inventors When the arcade is demolished the specific machine he liked best disappears and he contacts another obsessive Pinball Player To Track player to track the old machine Meanwhile he lives with the twins and tells us about his memories of the Japanese student movement and of a former girlfriend who hanged herself Wells are mentioned and also a cat but not as much as in some of his later novels Also western specially American cultural icons are featured including liuors music and television shows And as is often the case in Murakami s stories there is a surreal or ven science fiction aspect to the story as he writes about some people being from other planets still adapting to arth s OBaby environment Here s a passage that I thought illustrated Murakami s writing style The Rat could see that she his girlfriend was trying tostablish a kind of perfection in her small world He was well aware that reuired an Nerds extraordinary degree of determination She wore only the most modest yet tasteful dresses over fresh clean undergarments applied anau de cologne with the fragrance of a morning vineyard to her body took great care in choosing her words asked no pointless uestions and appeared to have practiced smiling in the mirror Yet these things only added to the Rat s sadness The book begins with an Zack (Areion Fury MC essay by Murakami in which he tells us how he began writing because he was hit by a lightning bolt at a baseball game Hey I can write a novel And he discusses how his first drafts were flat so he wrote in English in which he was not at all proficient at the time and then translated the text back to Japanese During this time he and his wife were workingndless hours in a barnightclub that they started Good stories that held my attention Top photo from pinrescuecomThe author from radicalreadsco. Clock in the morning you can only write accordingly That’s who I am' Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 ar. ,
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My first book in SeptemberMy first MurakamiMurakami s first novellasBefore becoming a novelist Murakami was owning a jazz bar and during breaks he has writing these two novellas They are part of a four book series with a common protagonist the RatI don t know if it was wise to start with my Murakami ContamiNation experience by reading his first novels instead of something well known but many people said that these books contain seeds in the germination phase of some of his most well known books which I likedbutthese two stories were utterly plotlessspecially the 2nd one Even though I Taxi ins Glück enjoyed the writing style and read this book in less than 2 days there was not much of a plot and I m afraid I ll forget most of what I read in a few months timeI was fine with it since both stories were short but I m not sure if I will like his other books which are longer and written in the same styleEven though I didn t really like these stories they didn t dissuade me from trying Murakami in the future something I ll do probably chronologically 4 stars for the introduction on hispiphany he receives to start writing novels and 3 stars for the stories 35 stars average Snotchocheez s review is much louent and can give you a clearer view of these two arly novels Eh It wasn t bad It was just okayNothing much happens in typical Murakami style Which I don t normally mind actually I really Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas enjoy books with very little plot but it was just kind of dull in thisAnd god I know Murakami is sexist a lot of the time in his books but it was over the top in this one Seriously the twins in Pinball 1973 seemed to have literally no purpose other than to provide the narrator with a couple of feelings Oh and to have sex with him and make him food and coffee Yawn The narrator was your typical Murakami main male character lonely has sex with a fair few women kind of a dick at timestc The Magic Rolling Pin etcBasicallyverything just felt less well developed Which makes sense when you consider that these were his first two novels he wrote It was kind of interesting to see how his writing and characters and ideas have developed since these novels but overall it was just kind of meh It wasn t bad It just left me totally uninspired If you are a fan of Murakami s and are interested in finding out how his writing career started then this petite book is a book for you WindPinball features two novellas which were the very first stories that Murakami wrote in his kitchen late in the night The stories are somewhat uirky and incoherent and it s Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, evident that they re written by an author starting out But at the same time they contain clear traits and similarities to some of Murakami s future novels which turned out to become widely popular What I appreciated the most about this book was actually the foreword by Murakami himself in which he among other things reveals how he came up with and developed his uniue writing style I m not going to give it away here but anecdotes like these are worth so much in myyes and make you appreciate the author Not Without a Fight even WindPinball were not amazing stories but what was amazing about them was that they are cl FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY Extra Ball at 600000 pointsFREE PLAY3 BALLS PER GAMEMy firstxposure to Murakami was in my Garden Bouquets and Beyond early college years I checked out A Wild Sheep Chase Boku 3 one summer from a military library and after I read it but before I returned it the library had mysteriously burned down I m not sure if I still owe the library a late fee or not I had no way to return the book and after reading it I didn tver want to I saved it from the fire I saved it from oblivion It was now mineBoth Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 are novellas best left to Murakami completists There are better novels to start with and unless you are going to read than ten Murakami novels I wouldn t begin here Start with Wild Sheep Chase Wind Up Bird Chronicle Dance Dance Dance or Norwegian Wood Hear the Wind SingBoku 1 How can those who live in the light of day possibly comprehend the depth of night NietzcheA nice "first novella with most all the known Murakami tropes already stirred in There is music pop "novella with most all the known Murakami tropes already stirred in There is music pop classical with specific references to actual pressings There are cats bars whiskey birds alienation and needy women Murakami ventures into xistential philosophy and Western literature both real and fake It is all there Things that would later pop up again and again in his later stronger novels It isn t a river that flows very fast This isn t a page turner It is Gyokuro tea steeping slowly It is watching the stray leaves spiral to the center in a cracked stoneware cup It is THE LIGHT AND SHADOWS DANCING ON light and shadows dancing on while you sit in the shade watching people walk in and out of view It is relaxing interesting and soon all you have left is the tasseography of a cold cup Pinball 1973Boku 2 So many dreams so many disappointments so many promises And in the nd they all just vanish Haruki Murakami Pinball 1973Like Murakami s first novel Hear the Wind Sing Boku 1 Pinball 1973 Boku 2 contains many of those The Management Bible elements that would define Murakami s fiction in the future In someways this novel is both a story of loneliness and a love story between the protagonist and a specific Pinball machine Hear the Wind Sing seems to showarly signs of Norwegian Wood but Pinball 1973 seems to be an Zu schnell early protonovel that would develop into Murakami s strange dream like later novels If you check out Murakami and the bookstore or library burns down watch out you won t be able to rest until you ve stalkedvery novel and read Sleepless (Bird of Stone, every page When I find a new to me author and dig their work two things normally happen I seek outverything they ve written and buy it all up Next I do some research I find out which titles are their least favorite andor which titles have the lowest overall fan approvalrating here on Reads of the Good Because of this my xperiences are usually predictable Fifty million Elvis fans can t be wrong Right If I start with the shittiest stuffs I m bound to have shitty xperiences at least at first I xpect that Because of this I m also constantly pleasantly surprised due to my low xpectations I am telling you all this because this uestion is bound to come up Why do you keep reading this author if he keeps disappointing you I loved After Dark and Norwegian Wood and now I m rummaging through his trash to get to the buried treasure Ya dig We cool Nice Moving onSports fans this book is a mixed bag of awful and righteous It is Invisible (The Curse of Avalon everything I love about Murakami s brand of sushi wrapped in a blanket of rancid nori Shall we discussLet s get this out of the way upfront The first book Hear the Wind Sing is a disaster I m notven sure that what I read was anything than a bunch of ink thrown at a
Page In No Discernable Order There Isin no discernable order There is flow or point There are a few good lines sprinkled throughout but it s mostly akin to a dash of salt on roadkill The storyline is nonexistent and I m pretty sure this isn t a complete book I wouldn t be a bit surprised if Murakami confessed that someone talked him into publishing one of his unfinished trunk novels That s not the case I know because Wind is his debut novel It s how he started his careerWhat Yummy Supper everyone might not know is that Murakami reuested these English translations pulled from the shelves due to their poor uality Why did Knopf decide to republish these without a new translation I have no idea but I can guess with the best of them so CONSPIRACY THEORY TIME My theory starts with one word Completionists There are people out there like myself who will go to thends of the arth to find materials that have been unpublished simply because I want to xperience one person s ntire body of work Before this two book collection was released the only way to get these stories was through illegal means Yes I mean torrenting pirated copies To curb such activities I believ. Haruki Murakami’s first two novels available for the first time in English outside Japan With a new introdu. E Knopf decided to republish because they knew completionists like nature will always find a way Good on them What s not good on them is the decision to not have these two books retranslated Shame on you Knopf with your name all fulla consonants and whatnotOn to the second book Pinball 1973 I damn near uit this one twenty pages in I almost gave up and shelved it indefinitely It was of the same crap from the first book rambling prose no logical structure whole pages that went nowhere I put it down sometime in January and only picked it up again last night for those of you reading this in the future this was in April 2016 I powered through simply so I could get it off my Currently Reading shelf And 40 pages from the nd it got good I mean really good The Murakami I ve come to know and love started to peek through until he finally burst through in all his pic glory Stunning similes and metaphors surreal happenings beautifully rendered descriptions I was so happy that I wanted to forgive the previous 190 pages and five star the fuck outta this book But I m not going to do it It wouldn t be fair to the next person who comes along I feel giving this one all the stars would be to break the trust of the community But those last 40 pages are gold ladies and gentleman Which brings me towatching the birth of creative genius By reading this book you can see the xact moment that Murakami came into his own The Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature exact page where he likely stopped and said I m going to try something crazy Because those last 40 pages are filled with the stuff Murakami fans loves So in thend yes this book is worth it But only for completionists If this is your first Murakami though you ll likely never try another oneIn summation Definitely not a good place to start with this author but an interesting read for diehard fans I dig seeing where Murakami started so I definitely don t regret reading it One star for the first book because it felt like a complete waste of my time Two stars for the next one but five stars for the last 40 pages 25 stars rounded up to 3 is what I m settling onFinal Judgment What came before greatness WindPinball collects Haruki Murakami s first two novels Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 I give Wind 3 stars and Pinball 2 stars so I guess technically it s a 25 stars but neither book was that impressive so I rounded down to 2 stars it s really only for Murakami fans I reviewed ach book individually below njoyHear the Wind Sing 3 starsHaruki Murakami s first novel Hear the Wind Sing is like a lot of first novels in that it s unfocused rambling and mostly about the author and yet it s kinda compelling because of how well written it is There s no story to speak of The novel takes place within 3 weeks of the summer of 1970 where our nameless narrator in his arly 20s bums around his small town He meets a wealthy spoilt brat called The Rat who sits in a bar reads Western novels and spouts pseudo intellectual nonsense He meets a young woman with nine fingers who works in a record shop The characters interact a sense of youthful directionless and vague hope sorta permeates the book and then it s over I ve read 11 of Murakami s books before this one and I definitely wouldn t recommend readers curious about the author to start here begin with Wind Up Bird Wild Sheep Chase or one of his short story collections like after the uake instead But if you re familiar with the author you ll notice a lot of things in this first novel that he ll go on to feature in many of his subseuent books Music specially jazz cats precise descriptions of meals Bunnys Book Club Goes to School emotionally detached people bookworms sad relationships with sad women loneliness and physically deformed characters None of the characters here could be called well rounded they re very one dimensionalspecially the female characters Murakami usually writes women uite poorly More often than not they re there as literary devices for the male characters to The Peculiar Pig either learn something about the story they re in or to learn something about themselves it s the latter in this book However if the narrative leaves a lot to be desired the writing is at least very fluid accessible and renders the spare story with anthereal legance The pages fly by and that s
A Rare Uality Inrare uality in first novel Besides the overall lack of characterisation the writing annoyed me only a couple of times like when one character launches into a pages long speech about nothing Murakami failing to pass this off as casual conversation and the parts where a radio DJ rambles on the air were ntirely needless The book definitely feels too slight it s a good The Mermaids Shoes example of style over substance though I can t help but admire the stylishness For a novel with no story great characters or memorable scenes or dialogue I didn t dislike Hear the Wind Sing The writing is much better than you dxpect for a first novel and pulled me swiftly along to the nd the talent is obvious and you can see the writer he ll become That said I d say it s really only for fans "than casual readers with this book Murakami s clearly finding his voice and figuring out what he wants "casual readers with this book Murakami s clearly finding his voice and figuring out what he wants write about which isn t always the best place for anyone to start Unfamiliar readers wanting to understand Murakami s popularity would do better to check out his later original and nthralling The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, efforts when he incorporates magical realism into actual stories that go somewhere Pinball 1973 2 starsHaruki Murakami tends to write two kinds of novel ones with a story and ones without Pinball 1973 is unfortunately the latter A translator with twin live in girlfriends I know just humour the author s sad wish fulfilment fantasy develops an obsession with pinball specifically a pinball machine called Spaceship One day his machine disappears He half heartedly goes looking for it zzz This is part of Murakami s Rat series where a character called The Rat appears It sven underwhelming than it sounds The Rat is just a moody barfly who drinks beer and doesn t do much Midsummer Masque else I really don t know why Murakami kept putting him in books as a recurring character given how dull he was It s notven clear why he s called The Rat unless it s a description of his general uselessness The Rat chapters read like the worst kind of pretentious arthouse movie scenes he drinks he smokes he says inane drivel that I guess is intended to be profound wisdom and I have no idea what his inclusion added to the novel far as I can tell it s nothing There are bits and pieces of the book that are intermittently interesting like the section on the country well digger the history of the pinball manufacturer and the twins who were just strange as they didn t seem real And the book overall is as clearly written as most of Murakami s work is This being Murakami s second novel readers familiar with his later much better books will recognise here what will become trademarks of his storytelling style cats wells jazz The Beatles the book closes with the protagonist playing Rubber Soul the second track of which Norwegian Wood would become the title of his breakthrough novel His female characters though remain as one dimensional as Maybe This Time (Belonging ever Besides a minor character at the start none of the female characters are named the interpreter s colleague is simply referred to as the girl as is the college girl in his flashback while the twins are numbers 208 and 209 I ve tried deciphering it but I m completely clueless as to what this one was supposed to be about The narrator talks about meeting people from Saturn and Venus at the start the pinball machine is called Spaceship so Is the pinball machine meant to symbolise something like a lost love is that what that hallucinatory seuence at thend was about No real point is stablished and the book just stops so it s fairly unsatisfying What I ll charitably call the story as a whole was a bit too obtuse for me and. Ction by the author 'If you’re the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o’.