Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

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in Kyoto, Japan
January 12, 1949

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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.

Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko. His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works. Sh
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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

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May 2015 New School Classics Poll

Which book would you choose for our May New School group read?

 
  8 votes, 19.5%

 
  6 votes, 14.6%

 
  5 votes, 12.2%

1982, Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  5 votes, 12.2%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  4 votes, 9.8%

 
  4 votes, 9.8%

1915, The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, 417 pages
 
  4 votes, 9.8%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  3 votes, 7.3%

 
  2 votes, 4.9%

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