Matthew Strecher

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Matthew Strecher



Average rating: 4.29 · 784 ratings · 29 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Haruki Murakami's The Wind-...

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“We can never comprehend the depths of gloom of night in the light of day".”
Matthew Strecher, Haruki Murakami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: A Reader's Guide

“I think of human existence as being like a two-story house. On the first floor people gather together to take their meals, watch television, and talk. The second floor contains private chambers, bedrooms where people go to read books, listen to music by themselves, and so on. Then there is a basement; this is a special place, and there are a number of things stored here. We don’t use this room much in our daily life, but sometimes we come in, vaguely hang around the place. Then, my thought is that underneath that basement room is yet another basement room. This one has a very special door, very difficult to figure out, and normally you can’t get in there—some people never get in at all. . . . You go in, wander about in the darkness, and experience things there you wouldn’t see in the normal parts of the house. You connect with your past there, because you have entered into your own soul. But then you come back. If you stay over there for long you can never get back to reality. My sense is that a novelist is someone who can consciously do that sort of thing.”29”
Matthew Strecher, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

“He made it a rule never to tell anyone the contents of stories he was still writing. It would be like a jinx. The moment the words left his mouth, a certain something would vanish like the morning dew. Subtle nuances would become superficial scenes. Secrets would no longer be secrets.34”
Matthew Strecher, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

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