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Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Haruki Murakami; it first appeared in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, one of the most influential literary magazines in Japan.

It is the first of the "boku" tetralogy; translated by Alfred Birnbaum.
Paperback, 130 pages
Published 1979 by Kodansha International Ltd.
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Megha

Perfect example of beauty in simplicity!

Even after having read a bunch of novels by Murakami, I always find a new flavor in each of them. Sure they have some similar characters and recurring themes, but each of his novels does have a different note in its voice and a different mood.

Hear the Wind Sing again has a nameless narrator, quirky characters, off-the-wall dialogue, lots of beer, some music and some literature. His characters are the last people one would expect to break into an emotional
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Hannah  Messler
James found out that the only two Murakami books I haven't read are this one and Pinball, 1973. He got me this one and then, because the other is like rare and therefore expensive (these two earliest Murakami novels have been translated but not published here--only in Japan, I guess, by cute Kodansha) HE MADE ME A COPY OF PINBALL. That is right, he MADE me one. He got the text from some fan's website, printed everything out, COLLATED that shit or whatever, and then BOUND it.

Tell me that is not
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Abdyka Wirmon
Semalam saya bermimpi, mimpi tentang pelabuhan, botol-botol bir, seorang wanita dan tangan-tangan yang saling bergenggaman. bukankah ini tahap yang terindah dari seorang manusia? hidup, mencari jawaban atas dunia, berusaha hidup dalam sebuah arus namun tidak ingin hanyut didalamnya.

Dengarkanlah Nyanyian Angin itulah dia. buku tipis yang telah melengkapi minggu ini dengan sempurna, dia hangat bagai tegukan bir, penuh pengertian bagai seorang kekasih yang tidak banyak bicara, dan cukup tipis untu
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Teresa
In November this book traveled from Japan to New Orleans via my son and then traveled back to Japan with me the following month. I brought it because it's small and lightweight, easily fitting in my carry-on, so I could read it on the plane ride over.

If you already know HM's work, this first novella of his might seem lightweight in substance as well (though it is well-written) but you'll have the pleasure of recognizing many of the themes and motifs that will surface and grow in his later, longe
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Nilam Suri
Jul 12, 2010 Nilam Suri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nilam by: Roos
Shelves: literature
Ini novel Murakami kedua yang saya baca, setelah Norwegian Wood. Dan lagi-lagi saya suka. Ada sesuatu tentang para penulis Jepang yang saya suka, entah itu Yoshimoto atau Murakami (ya referensi saya memang belum banyak). Saya menyukai atmosfer 'kosong' yang ada di tulisan mereka.

Sejauh pengetahuan saya, yang masih minim itu, saya mendapati tokoh2 Murakami sangat 'manusia'. Mereka terasa nyata, karena mereka tidak sempurna. Bahkan tubuh mereka pun tidak kelewatan bagus,atau cantik,atau tampannya.
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Nick G
I've been on a roll with Murakami for quite a while now. I guess this recent streak could be called a sort of study of one of my favorite authors. Knowing enough about him now, I wanted to see how it all started, even if it did mean paying too much for this short, tiny book (literally the smallest book I've ever read - it fits in my shirt pocket).

Many of the better known Murakami elements are there: the abstractly beautiful feelings that arise from meeting a new girl, beer, bittersweet waves of
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Patrick McCoy
I was surprised to see Haruki Murakami's Hear The Wind Sing at the bookstore. It is his first novel that was published in English for English language learners by Kodansha in 1987 (it was originally published in Japanese in 1979) I had assumed that it was out of print. It is a thin Japanese sized volume and only 128 pages with Japanese translation notes. Incidentally, his second novel, Pinball 1973, is equally difficult to find.

This novel may have been the precursor to two of his other novels, T
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Harun Harahap
”Tidak ada kalimat yang sempurna. Sama seperti tidak ada keputusaasaan yang sempurna.”

Kalimat di atas menjadi pembuka novel pertama karya Haruki Murakami. Dan novel pertama karyanya juga yang saya baca. Ketika membaca novel ini saya mengalami perasaan yang sama ketika membaca karya Orhan Pamuk. Kisahnya melompat-lompat secara tiba-tiba, baik dari sisi latar belakang tempat dan waktu hingga bahasan dari kisah itu sendiri. Sepertinya penulis langsung menuliskan apa yang sedang ada di kepalanya wal
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Yulia
It's arrived(!), but . . . it's such a small thing. Who knew some books could still be placed in pockets after all, but of course this I'm taking precious care of, as if it were an inheritance.

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After having read this small piece, I'm puzzled why some consider it only a short story. It's a novella, no more or less. Still, I can understand why Murakami and his publishers are in no rush to republish this: it has the depressive flatness and real
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Andrew Schirmer
"There's no such thing as perfect writing. Just like there's no such thing as perfect despair."

Sounds like Dostoyevsky, but then you'd have to guess again.

I have not a few Japanese comrades who are mystified at the extraordinary popularity of Haruki Murakami abroad. I remain split--some of the stories and novels are tightly wound and deeply affecting, others overindulgent and sprawling.

Count this obscurity as one of the former. My friend Akemi graciously sent a secondhand copy via Japanese Ama
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Chinook
I read/heard/made up in a dream that Murakami would prefer no one read his first two books. But lately, for really no reason I can pin down, I've gotten interested in the idea of reading books by authors in order -written or published, I haven't obsessed about the details- and until now hadn't done anything with that idea.

Until I found myself bag-sitting while everyone else was running the NQR hash, under a train bridge at night with a podium someone rescued from the trash and a chair I borrowe
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Brian
For Murakami fans, this book has all of the familiar building blocks (Western music, Western literature, beer, mildy neurotic female character, etc.) of his story telling. It's a shame that he doesn't like the book so much that he doesn't want it reprinted in English. For a first book, it is really good.
Josh
Jun 10, 2014 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
As I know that this is Murakami’s first venture into the world of writing novels or in this case, a novella, I see general ideas and similar characterization for which would eventually become ‘Norwegian Wood’. These include the narrators love for music, his nonchalant whatever type attitude and how he interacts with the opposite sex. I’ve seen people make comments that he cannibalizes his works more than any author and with just a few of the books I’ve read of his, I’m inclined to agree. As rate ...more
Ayu Puspita Sari
Akhirnya saya impulsif beli buku ini ketika lihat di Gramedia Online kalau buku ini masuk Limited Stock. Lagipula, kapan saya tidak impulsif kalau menyangkut Haruki Murakami?

Dengarlah Nyanyian Angin (Hear The Wind Sing) menceritakan tentang kehidupan Aku, seorang mahasiswa Biologi di salah satu universitas di Tokyo, yang tengah pulang ke kampung halamannya di saat libur semester. Di kampung halamannya, selama 18 hari, Aku menceritakan kisahnya bersama Nezumi, sahabatnya, dan seorang gadis berjar
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Mahmud Qayyum
(Pertama-tama kudos buat Kedai Hitam kerana tanpa mereka mungkin tiada Haruki M versi Indonesia.)
Ia agak mengujakan membaca Haruki dalam nuansa Nusantara. Namun, saya masih gagal mencari kesimpulan mengapakah empat bintang yang dititip walaupun buku ini tiada ujung pangkalnya.
Beginilah, tunjang sesebuah penceritaan adalah persoalan. Kebanyakkan cerita akan dibuka dengan persoalan yang seterusnya pembaca akan dibimbing untuk mencari jawaban. Akan tetapi, Haruki M membina persoalan itu bukan di a
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John
I just finished reading this book a few days ago. In fact, I've finished it three times in the past couple of weeks.

Hear the Wind Sing is, alas, almost impossible to buy, unless your name is Rockefeller or Gates. My friend from Taiwan raved about it - a Chinese translation - saying it was way better than the author's new stuff (which I like). So I started out looking in libraries, then book stores, then finally Amazon. You can find the only published translation in English there... if you have
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Joey
My very first Haruki Murakami's novel. However, it is not as compelling as I expected. It's too enigmatic. I bet this style is what others call "surrealism" -if I am not mistaken. Anyway, I still long to read his other more famous works. I just want to make it as my first stepping stone.

Since I'm keeping up with other books by the end of this year, I just want to say one important idea about this book: As I have read a few Japanese novels, I , therefore, conclude that you can understand the sim
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Marvin
It is strangely reassuring to discover that brilliant authors do not rise up fully formed from the womb. Hear the Wind Sing is proof of this. Murakami's first novel is disjointed, directionless, and fairly boring; not at all like his masterpieces that follow. Yet mixed up in all that aimlessness you can see glimpses of the creative writer that followed. I have now read all of Murakami's novel and short fiction collections and this little debut novel is interesting only in tracing the progress of ...more
Jim
Dec 07, 2011 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Murakami fans
Hear the Wind Sing is Murakami's first novel. I don't know too much about his body of work, but the essential Murakami is here in this book - even the pot of spaghetti.

We're introduced to his friend, The Rat, son of a wealthy family, adrift in the confusing sea of late-60's early 70's Japan. The narrator spend their time drinking, tanning, pursuing women, and meeting strange characters, including themselves. If you're a Murakami fan, you'll appreciate this introduction to his mind and his litera
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Path Kittinat
อานจบ "อะไรกันวะเนีย" แตชอบ 5555 งานเลมแรกก Weird แบบมุราคามิเลย เอกลักษณมาก ไมแปลกใจถาใครจะชอบมุราคามิกชอบไปเลย ไมชอบกคือไมชอบไปเลย 555 ...more
Helvry Sinaga
Novel ini berjudul asli 風の歌を聴け (Kaze no uta o kike).
Bercerita tentang anak muda Jepang yang sedang mencari identitas diri. Tokoh utama "Aku" berusia 21 tahun, bersama temannya Nezumi seringkali membahas hal-hal yang menjadi pilihan hidup mereka. Tempat yang mereka pilih untuk berdiskusi adalah di bar. Tentu saja bersama rokok dan bir. Kegelisahan sahabatnya Nezumi yaitu karena ia kaya. Ada apa dengan kaya? bukankah itu suatu keuntungan? Nezumi memaknainya itu sebagai suatu ancaman. Suatu kali "
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Maulana Achmad
Dua hari lalu aku menemukan buku ini di rak depan TB Gramedia PIM-1. Pertama sekali tertarik dengan warna sampulnya, standar lah. Kedua, nama penulisnya.. Haruki Murakami. Ketiga, ketebalan bukunya dan ke-empat, harganya. Ke empat-empatnya masuk dalam kategori priority untuk kubeli. Buku dari penulis punya nama, tidak tebal dan murah pula. Jadilah, buku ini kutukar dengan uang Rp 35.000.

Belum sampai di rumah, ketika menunggu istri membeli sesuatu di perjalanan pulang aku mulai merobek plastik p
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Ami
It’d been a long time since I’d felt the scent of summer. The smell of the ocean, the distant steam whistle, feeling the skin of a girl’s hand, the lemon scent of her conditioner, the evening wind, faint hopes, summer dreams…

Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite literary authors. I read his works in English (he has such GREAT translator) and making me wish that I can read the original. For me, his works are always profoundly melancholic somehow. This one, is no difference.

Basically a story with
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Jeanette (jema)
It is such a short novel, written in Murakami's signature way which is rather simple but still evoke a lot of emotion. The plot is young man on summer break sit in a bar, drink beer and talk to girls, play music, talk of books, have sex or think about it, think about wells, remembers dead ex girlfriend, finally leaves to go back to Tokyo. It is Murakamis first novel yet feels oddly familiar.
I loved most the way he described the summer rains, how they smell and how they cooled down the hot aspha
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Allison
his first novel is already so murakami-esque, with familiar themes of death & loss, empty relationships, obscure music, wells, and hyper-sexualization. it's rly short and kind of lacking and took me an eternity to read a week post-op... but still!! the sense of quiet thoughtfulness from his shorter works is always appreciated (compared to relentless and intense 1Q84 and wind-up bird). idk i'm alive and well, tho tired, and it feels good, steadily working through his entire bibliography
Moby F.
Ceritanya memang tanpa tujuan. Perihal utamanya nihil-- tapi entah kenapa saya menyukainya. Mungkin kerana ia terlalu biasa, kisah lelaki sehari-hariannya, tentang Nezumi, tentang perempuan penjaga toko piringan hitam, tentang buku-buku dan lagu-lagu, tentang suara ombak dan aroma laut, musim panas yang terik dan bir (yang mungkin sudah bergelen-gelen).

It was okay. Cuma kadang-kadang sedikit depressing-- entahlah kenapa.
Meriam Kharbat
This is a story of young man, trying to grasp the meaning of things. Because the protagonist is nameless, One could easily confuse him with Murakami himself.

A lot of the material in this book, I believe, will take more concrete form in Murakami's later work. Especially, the man in the fictional story "all the martian wells", the girl he met at the shinjuku station..
Azrin Fauzi
“Well-crafted.” Itu yang aku ungkap, sambil menggeleng-geleng kepala beberapa kali, setelah selesai menghabiskan novel ini. Murakami seakan ‘demigod’ dalam penulisan kontemporari Jepun. Kau akan dipaksa untuk menolak -atau paling kurang pun, meminggirkan sebentar- buku-buku Natsume Sōseki, Kōbō Abe, Sawako Ariyoshi dan Kenzaburō Ōe semata-mata untuk memberi laluan kepada buku-buku beliau.

Novel ini 'berwarna-warni'. Protagonisnya sangat obses dengan penulis Derek Heartfield. Sahabatnya pula, Nezu
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Anna
Когда-то это была моя любимая (вместе с Пинболом 1973), трепетно перечитываемая, книга, которая всегда находилась в моей сумке, на всякий случай. Когда-то «трилогия Крысы» вызывала во мне огромное количество эмоций, и была под стать моему внутреннему состоянию. Что могу сказать сейчас? Харуки Мураками прекрасен. Все его романы наполнены той самой невыносимой легкостью бытия, которая с одной стороны легко усваивается, а с другой – наполняет настроением умиротворения и маленькой долей безысходност ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Humorous from beginning to end, this appealing work is Murakami Haruki's first novel, as a young man struggles to find himself through the experiences of everyday life. Hear the Wind Sing is a slim novel, but not without weight, as it nudges us towards re-examining commonly accepted beliefs and practices. There is also an underlining sense of sadness among all the hilarity.

Murakami's prose is modern and colloquial, and also surprisingly fresh. His constant referrences to popular contemporary cul
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Other Books in the Series

The Rat (6 books)
  • Pinball, 1973 (The Rat, #2)
  • Hear the Wind Sing / Pinball, 1973 (The Rat, #1-2)
  • A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
  • Трилогия Крысы
  • Dance Dance Dance (The Rat, #4)
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“There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.” 355 likes
“For example, the wind has its reasons. We just don't notice as we go about our lives. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. The wind knows everything that's inside you. And not just the wind. Everything, including a stone. They all know us very well. From top to bottom. It only occurs to us at certain times. And all we can do is go with those things. As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.” 59 likes
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