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Haruki Murakami?

I've been wanting to read a novel by Haruki Murakami but I can't decide which one to start with.
I think that I've narrowed it down between The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle or Kafka on the Shore.
Which one do you recommend that I start with?

Poll #1749754 Haruki Murakami

Which Haruki Murakami should I start with?

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
14(32.6%)
Kafka on the Shore
22(51.2%)
Other (List the title in Comments)
7(16.3%)

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muse_books
Jun. 7th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)

If you haven't read his work before I'd suggest his 2006 short story collection - Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman as it gives a good sense of his style and themes.



gokuma
Jun. 7th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
Or "After the Quake". This anthology made me fall in love with Murakami's style (and I've read it countless times).
inverarity
Jun. 7th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I voted for Kafka on the Shore because I haven't read it, so I want to read someone else's review. ;)

You can read my reviews of the two Murakami novels I have read:

Norwegian Wood
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
crumplelush
Jun. 7th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Norweigan Wood.
maibyers
Jun. 7th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one of my favorite books.
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bonanzajelybean
Jun. 7th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ditto.
need_tea
Jun. 7th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
I've only read A Wild Sheep Chase but it was awesome as well as quirky.
letter4no1
Jun. 7th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Norwegian Wood
bonanzajelybean
Jun. 7th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm reading "Wind-Up" right now and have read a few of his novels (he has been one of my favourite authors, actually). It's taken a while for things to heat up, unlike "Kafka" which I found to be gripping right from the start. "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" was the first of his that I read, and I loved it (being in Japan at the time might have had something to do with this!), so I also recommend that one as a first read. These novels, along with "Hardboiled Wonderland", are more twisted and have elements of fantasy that are reality-based (ghosts, talking cats, creepy WWII stuff and whatnot). Stories like "Norwegian Wood" and "South of the Border, West of the Sun" spend a lot more time exploring relationships and delving into emotional stuff. "Norwegian Wood" was supposedly the novel that threw him into fame with his Japanese audience, and I would have said that "Wind-Up" is his biggest hit with N. Americans, although this poll is proving me otherwise. Although I have enjoyed all of his novels, I personally prefer the ones with the fantasy factor. Whatever you choose, enjoy!
maya_hayashi
Jun. 7th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I like Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore! :)
hydora
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Start off with Norwegian Wood, Chasing Wild Sheep etc - the shorter ones first then move onto the longer works and it's easier to digest.
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