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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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A great analysis for Murakami super fans!

To a certain degree, it puts him in persepective and makes me a little bit more objectively appreciative of his work. Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words can certainly be recommended to anyone interested in Murakami and his work. Besides being the distinguished translator of Murakami’s work, Professor Jay Rubin is a self-confessed fan.

You’ll ruin it any other way. He gambled and followed his true passion. I’ve read all of Murakami’s stuff so was looking for something else. How Murakami uses inspiration from detective novels to provide novels that have trhe rhythm and drive of a mystery, but the mysteries themselves become unsolveable ones – the influence of Murakami’s own disillusionment with the protests of his youth – the influences of jazz and other popular music on Murakami’s writing – how Murakami has tried to tackle different genre as his career continued.

But you probably need to read all of his stuff first because this is not a biography of the man, it’s a biography of his work. Thanks for the comments!

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin

I have a falling out with Murakami. Haruki Murakami and the music of words Panther Series Harvill panther. Fo the texts Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, at some length — and offering excerpts — helps fill in what has been a tremendous gap for English-language readers.


I recently saw a comment on the January in Japan blog where someone signed up for the challenge, and like a good host I popped over to check out the blog. If you’re really keen on Murakami, you should read Rebecca Suter’s book about him. We follow Murakami through his less-than-stellar school days and his riot-interrupted time at university, finding out about his early marriage and his years running a jazz club along the way.

Jay Rubin, Murakami’s translator, elaborates on Murakami’s entire career.

‘Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words’ by Jay Rubin (Review)

Rubin shows how Murakami was the first of a new breed of writers, one who unlike his predecessors was in tune with the new Japan: Definitely agree that his English translators make him look good — he’s so popular in Japan, no editor will go near his work with a ten-foot pole. Rubin touches on ad of this stuff, but not as thoroughly and as long as I’d want.

Lucy — Definitely a good one to start with provided you’ve read a lot of his stuff. He was never a typical Japanese writer, showing little interest 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 rubni of his books. Apr 28, Chris Morton rated it it was amazing.

Account Options Sign in. Two early novels, the prize-winning Hear the Wind Sing and the follow-up, Pinball,were both translated by Alfred Birnbaum, in andrespectively but were only published in the Kodansha English Library editions which were only made available in Japan. I hardly know anything about Murakami’s life, but this seems like a good place to start.

Oct 08, Moroniq rated it liked it. Ru This is a partial review of a partially read book. Since I’m not very well read in the literary criticism genre I don’t know how this stacks up against other works of the type.


Trivia About Haruki Murakami a Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. He does not claim that he is an original. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. He has written a book for other fans who want to know more about this reclusive writer.

I confess I like to classify my reading To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Murakami, no doubt, was intended to shine brightly in this book, but sometimes he does so more as a competent writer holding power over his admirer.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

Since 4 of these the first 4 below are in list, I started my reading right after I left the hospital: Jo — Definitely worth a read, especially if you’ve read a lot of Murakami’s work. Fortunately, I read some works of those authors, Murakami’s influences. Also, Rubin’s assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of Murakami’s later works sound somewhat snooty and seem off haruji mark. For example, there seems to be a phase of “psychological realism” in his “juvinilia which he wrote around age And I learned much about his ‘place’ in Japan.

For all his western influences, Murakami has some themes, symbols and perspectives that Msic feel like I am slow to catch on to. May have to resort to purchasing it. In tracing Murakami’s career, he uses interviews he conducted with the author between and muisc, and draws on insights and observations gathered from over ten years of collaborating with Murakami on translations of his works.