Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

5 good Murakami books

… and stupid GIFs as a bonus.

I’ve read quite a lot of Murakami, especially this year. In fact, I’ve been thinking of drawing a Murakami bingo sheet, with cats, Cutty Sark whiskey, a jazz club, prophetic dreams, a mysterious woman, alternative realities, looking for someone… all the things that Murakami mixes and messes with to produce his unusual and gripping worlds.

Here are my top 5;

1 Kafka on the Shore

Cats and people are interchangable, a young man finds himself in a library, it’s a classic Murakami setup that just keeps you reading. It’s th esimple method of creating a  world that’s recognisable and yet thousands of times more interesting than our own, and normal people reacting to unusual events.

2 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

This came our earlier this year, and I very happily received a SIGNED copy, as my wonderful friend Alex was working at the International Book Festival. Plus, it comes with STICKERS, which is obviously the best thing ever.

This book is more in the realm of reality than many of Murakami’s recent work. It’s a fairly straightforward story of cause and effect, and how deeply we can be scarred by events.

3 Dance Dance Dance

This was a quick read. Along with the angsty ‘cherche la femme’ storyline, there was another more intriguing story of a dreamland stuck inside a hotel, and a Sheepman who doesn’t look anything like the front cover of the book.

4 The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

A classy book, with classy characters, again dealing with unusual events the best way they know how.

5 1Q84

Massive massive massive book. Essentially it’s a farce, with two people coming in and out of rooms and missing each other. But imagine if you panned out from the stage to find you were in the mouth of a vast and dangerous cave, on a mysterious planet, and a Colossus was watching the players stumble in and out of the room through various doors. It’s like that. With more moons.

In summary, Murakami is worth a read, if you like books about ordinary folks with extraordinary lives, and stickers.


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