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พินบอล, 1973 (The Rat #2)

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The plot centers on the narrator's brief but intense obsession with pinball, his life as a freelance translator, and his later efforts to reunite with the old pinball machine that he used to play. He describes living with a pair of identical unnamed female twins, who mysteriously appear in his apartment one morning, and disappear at the end of the book. Interspersed with t ...more
192 pages
Published 2002 by สำนักพิมพ์แม่ไก่ขยัน (first published 1980)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Pinball, 1973 (The Rat #2), Haruki Murakami
عنوان: پین بال - 1973 - کتاب 2 - سری موش صحرایی نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: کیوان سلطانی؛ تهران، نشر بدیل، 1393، در 134 ص؛ شابک: 9786009423071؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ژاپنی قرن 20 م
عنوان: پین بال - 1973؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: بهرنگ رجبی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1394، در 174 ص؛ شابک: 9786002295590؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ژاپنی قرن 20 م
داستان مردی ست که با دو دختر دوقلو همخونه است؛ و با دوست خویش شریکی یک دارالترجمه دارند. شخصیت اصلی داست
Jun 09, 2009 Megha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
'Pinball, 1973' is not a particularly engrossing novel. There are still the following good reasons to read it.

1. It is short, simple and a quick-read.

2. Its Murakami-ness. The novel itself is not as strong as his later novels, yet a flavor of familiar Murakami elements is present which grew and developed into his later work. The seeds which were planted here, blossomed into the novels which we love and respect. There is a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking nameless narrator who is detached and apa
Nov 29, 2015 Osric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب دومین کتاب از مجموعه چهار جلدی رت هست،، که البته من اسمش رو مجموعه نمی زارم، بغیر از چند شخصیت که اسم هاشون در کتاب اول اومده بود و به سری اماکن، بقیه کتاب کتفاوت بود و اگر کسی کتاب اول رو نخونه و مستقیم بیاد سراغ همین کتاب چیزی رو از دست نمی ده و کاملا شخصیت ها رو خواهد شناخت و تمامی داستان رو کشف می کنه.

اگه طرفدار موراکامی هستین، سعی کنید که مجموعه رو به ترتیب بخونید، اگر طرفدارش نیستید و حوصله ی موراکامی خوندن ندارید، می تونید از هر کتابی که خواستین شروع کنین، این مجموعه چهار جلدی، ه
"It’s like Tennessee Williams said. The past and the present, we might say, “go like this.”The future is a “maybe.”Yet when we look back on the darkness that obscures the path that brought us this far, we only come up with another indefinite “maybe.” The only thing we perceive with any clarity is the present moment, and even that just passes by."

This is Murakami's second book. Like its predecessor, this one is also nostalgic, in a whole different way though. I also found it darker and a bit tric
Michael Finocchiaro
I read this after A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance. At the time, it was INCREDIBLY hard to find in English or French translation (as was the first of the series Hear the Wind Sing!) I finally found it in a PDF I believe and loved it. It has some of the same characters as the later books and - although early Murakami - has the stylistic idioms that became part and parcel to Murakami's writing later on. I believe this book and Hear the Wind Sing are now available in a single volume. I woul ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
“So many dreams, so many disappointments, so many promises. And in the end, they all just vanish.”
― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973


Like Murakami's first novel Hear the Wind Sing (The Rat, #1), 'Pinball, 1973' (The Rat, #2) contains many of those elements that would define Murakami's fiction in the future. In someways this novel is both a story of loneliness and a love story between the protagonist and a specific Pinball machine. 'Hear the Wind Sing' seems to show early signs of Norwegian Wood, b
Jun 11, 2008 Yulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japandemonium
Hurray! Finally, I have the Holy Grail of Murakami reads, available to you for $5000 in print form, or free online. I'm so excited to read this. Or should I temper my expectations, lest they mar the experience? Okay, I promise to calm down.


Aha, here are the true first sprouts of the Murakami we know and love, the thoughtful, shy musings on routine, emptiness and evil, the very beginning of his interest in cats, the occasional well-chose
Faroukh Naseem
Dec 23, 2015 Faroukh Naseem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Inconsequential Spoilers*

Second book in his career when Murakami started taking writing seriously and as a full time job.

The writing is much more intact and perhaps more carefully stitched together when compared with Hear The Wind Sing.

Starts off with a twin set of girls appearing on the narrators bed one day and acting like everything is normal. They make him, tea, coffee, lunch dinner etc...and basically live with him.

Then the elusive 'Rat' comes in the scene whoc doesn't really have a part t
Jul 08, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad I decided to read this book after "Hear the Wind Sing." It's almost like watching a bird take flight for the first time, developing into something miraculous. This book is different from some of the later Murakami works I've read, but there is even more of what I've really come to get into than "Hear the Wind Sing." You can really see Murakami's style develop. I do note a beautiful, mournful note in this book. It penetrates and reverberates through you for a while afterward. A mu ...more
Apr 27, 2010 j rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: completists
Really more of a novella than a novel, with the flavor of Murakami's short fiction. One of his hapless protagonists puzzles through his confusion about the empty spaces in his life for a while, then the book ends.

I enjoyed the first-person POV chapters much more than the third person sections about The Rat (this book is the second in the author's "Trilogy of the Rat"). It's not thrilling reading, but you get the idea that there is a lot to unpack here, and a great deal of insight into the aimle
Jan 16, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with Hear the Wind Sing, this book traveled from Japan to New Orleans in November via my son and then traveled back to Japan with me the following month, because it's small and lightweight, easily fitting in my carry-on, though this one I read on a JR train and not on the plane.

"Pinball" is a slightly more complex story than Hear the Wind Sing (though it's somewhat of a sequel) with hints of what's to come in the last of the Rat trilogy, the even better A Wild Sheep Chase. (With its twin sist
Stephen M
Aug 16, 2011 Stephen M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murakami Fans
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
Murakami. Despite an unfortunate entanglement with a Mr. Sean Lennon over the internet site: tumblr, I still enjoy his writing. I was snobbishly told that I wasn't on the "IN" of Japanese literature, apparently Ryu is the real deal. He's on my list for sure, but you can't strike Haruki off like that. At least I can't. I know not everyone likes him.

Anyway. This was a fun, easy read. Nothing spectacular but chock-full of Murakami repetends. Cats, check. Wells, check. Sparse prose,
بعد از مدت ها موراکامی خوندن مثل بهشت بود واسم. ^__^
Doug H
Mar 05, 2015 Doug H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buy as a used paperback on Amazon starting at $72 or read for free online as a PDF here:

I wouldn't recommend this as a good entry point if you've never read any of his other writing, but I'd definitely recommend it to established fans. It feels a bit directionless and floats around in a dreamlike way, but I enjoyed the dream. I think it's less like Norweigan Wood (I read somewhere that it was similar but to me it isn't at all) and more like Kafka on The S
(I read the Goossen translation.)

Read Pinball, 1973, and enjoyed it more than his first, both four stars. Again, there was a scene reminding me of Bradbury - his electric light circus of Something Wicked This Way Comes. In Pinball it's a warehouse full of pinball machines all whirring to life with the throw of a switch. Also reminiscent of 1Q84 with the lone dog at the lonely distant rail station. Pinball is partly a story of despondency after the end of a relationship. Pinball, work, beer and t
May 12, 2016 Ashish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
The Rat Trilogy gets even better with the second book. Not as straight forward as the first book, but still retaining the same simplicity. The narration is more unstructured, with the author jumping between narrators. The characters are few, and it adds to the sense of belonging with them. You really feel like you are in the head of the characters as they say and do the things they do.

The book left me sad, more of a vague heartache, a sense of not belonging, a distant kind of gloom;of being in t
Jun 22, 2016 Nada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nothing easy to review a Murakami even though this is just my second read. It's also one of his first writings which just recently got published.
I say it's not easy because this is a short book. A snippet of what his work is like. All I can say is that I really loved it. This was not as random as the first part(Wind), it had more of a story or events that were consistent all way through.
And as per one of his quotes, it did have an exit just like it has an entrance. Well somehow.
I enjoyed re
May 11, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is probably just my fault reading this right after HM's first novel, but the normal bag of tricks just didn't work for me. And maybe I am just cranky from too much air travel, but his one-dimensional female characters that only exist in the orbit of the men really started to irritate me (none of the females in this book were given names).
Sreesha Divakaran
"You write well, you argue clearly, but you don’t have anything to say."

This line from Chapter 9 of Pinball, 1973 sums up how I feel about this book. How I feel about Haruki Murakami's works in general, in fact.
Mar 16, 2017 Anisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2017-reads
Aimless, young melancholic men spending their days drinking copious amounts of alcohol and smoking countless cigarettes as they ponder upon their existential crisis.
There were couple of nameless women who were introduced only to accentuate the men. The prose on the other hand were scenic and quite breathtaking. I can't place why I kept on reading even though there wasn't any set plot. I think that was the beauty of this book. 
Nov 25, 2015 Mahich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه اش خیلی روونه. فضاها خیلی خوب دراومده . دیالوگ ها هم خودمونی و دل نشینه.
Dec 28, 2015 Dare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
موراکامی رو به خاطر اون سبک رئالیسم جادوئیش دوست دارم. تو این کتاب از این چیزا خبری نیست. ولی سبک نوشتنش که دو تا داستان رو موازی جلو میبره تو این یکی هم هست.
Feb 21, 2017 Uldis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Šis man bija palicis pēdējais no Murakami romāniem. Lasot, sapratu, ka viņš būtībā visu laiku raksta vienu darbu. Nosaukumi un notikumi mainās, bet noskaņa paliek.
Nav pat diez ko svarīgi vai galvenais varonis ir tulkošanas biroja īpašnieks, algots slepkava vai piecpadsmitgadīgs tīnis, kurš aizbēdzis no mājām. Murakami pasaulē visi savu vientulību izdzīvo diezgan līdzīgi.
Un, ja iepriekš ir lasīti svaigākie darbi, "Pinball, 1973" uzskatāmi parāda, cik ļoti pa gadiem viņš ir izkopis savu stilu, ta
Nick Klagge
This is one of Murakami's first two novels (the other being "Hear The Wind Sing"), neither of which was translated into English on a large scale. Each was translated in a small batch in Japan, I think for Japanese people who wanted to practice English. I got interested in reading these two after reading "A Wild Sheep Chase", which forms a trilogy with them ("Dance Dance Dance" is also related, so maybe it's a tetralogy). I looked on Amazon and while there are a few copies of each being sold used ...more
Jul 06, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well-written but awful in every other respect, PINBALL 1973 is a pretentious piece of navel-gazing tripe that feels cobbled together from several unrelated short stories. I bought the book for an airplane trip and only soldiered through it due to a lack of alternative entertainment options (darn budget airlines!).
The plot (if you can call it that) is a bunch of gobbledygook about a detached young twenty-something who, when he's not busy reading Kant or listening to Mozart, lackadaisically falls
Nov 21, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murakami fans
Pinball, 1973 is the second book in Murakami's Trilogy of The Rat.

Beginning 3 years after the first part - Hear The Wind Sing - we find the narrator out of college, living and working in Tokyo. The Rat, having dropped out of school sometime earlier, is still adrift in the seaside town, still drinking beer in J's bar, and still alienated from society and himself.

The narrative alternates back and forth between the narrator's story and The Rat's. You can anticipate the two meeting up again in the t
Dec 23, 2012 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's that tough review to write...

what do you think of a Great Writer's Early Work?

since novels in japan are published in Up and Down volumes, this is the Down (or Book 2) of Murakami's debut.

and traditionally, the Down is the better work.

of course; a novel's climax and resolution are the better examples of writing.

I am Clever for Pointing out Structural Details of Japanese I-Novels, ne?


we can say this is great because is presages otaku culture; pinball being an early variant of Nintendo be
Nabilah Firdaus
"Where are you going?"
"I'm off to play pinball."
"You got it, batting balls with flippers."
"I know what pinball is. But really, why?"
"There are-how do you say-things in this world our philosophy cannot account for."

This is the second book (The Rat trilogy #2) written by Murakami. The protagonist's intense obsession with pinball totally engrossed me. It was a good read actually but it's a bit plain for my taste.
Luis Pires
Dec 22, 2012 Luis Pires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is always heart-warming to read Murakami, and reading Pinball was like hearing a story from a friend when he was younger, before you knew him, but in real time. That friend was younger, but he was already one hell of a storyteller. And in those past stories you recognize the things that led up to what he is now and the stories he tells now and how much he has grown and how much better he is.
It is not an easy feat to write a good book on pinball machines, but this is a good example.
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