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I read Murakami
Reading through the entire bibliography of Haruki Murakami (five books at a time).

After DarkAfter the QuakeNorwegian WoodKafka on the ShoreThe Elephant Vanishes

After Dark
After the Quake
Norwegian Wood
Kafka on the Shore
The Elephant Vanishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed Series

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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

4 comments

  1. I had my hand on 1Q84 yesterday and said “I need to start reading Murakami.” What would you recommend for a first-timer?

  2. Hmmm, that’s a tough question because Murakami continues to change throughout years. If you’d like to try realistic Murakami, pick up Norwegian Wood. It’s short and poetic, and would suit a first-timer very well, unless you don’t like sad books. Later on Murakami got into heavy magical realism. My favorite so far had been Kafka on the Shore, which effectively blurs the lines between reality and fiction. It does have a few disturbing passages though, I must warn, but nothing too extensive. You might want to give a few of his short stories a try, if you’re not sure about the whole magical realism thing. My favorite stories of his are Super-Frog Saves Tokyo from After the Quake collection and The Dancing Dwarf from Elephant Vanishes.

    I wouldn’t start with 1Q84 because I think you would need to acquire a taste for Murakami before you can truly enjoy it. Otherwise it might seem too out there and unsatisfying. I hope that helps.

  3. I like sad. I like disturbing. I like magical realism. I think I’m gonna like Murakami! Thanks for the tips. By the way, just discovering your blog today.. I’m in Edmonton too and also doing the 1,001 books!

  4. Right on! It’s great to know there are quite a few fellow Edmontonians out there who blog about books. I’m only about 35 (give or take a couple) books into the 1001 list, so hopefully you’re more successful than me.

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