Wind/Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973
These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age—the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat—are stor ...more
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My first exposure to Murakami was in my early college years. I checked out 'A Wild Sheep Chase' (Boku #3) one summer from a military library and after I read it, but before I returned it, the library had mysteriously burned down. I'm not sure if I still owe the library a late fee or not. I had no way to return the book, and after reading it, I didn't ever want to. I saved it from the fire. I saved it from oblivion. It was n ...more
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Hear the Wind Sing - 3 stars
Haruki Murakami’s first novel Hear the Wind Sing is like a lot of first novels in that it’s unfocused, rambling and mostly about the author - a ...more
My first Murakami.
Murakami's first novel(la)s
Before becoming a novelist Murakami was owning a jazz bar and during breaks he has writing these two novellas. They are part of a four book series with a common protagonist, the Rat.
I don't know if it was wise to start with my Murakami experience by reading his first novels instead of something more well known, but many people said that these books contain seeds in the germination phase of some of his most well known books, ...more
Nothing much happens, in typical Murakami style. Which I don't normally mind, actually I really enjoy books with very little plot, but it was just kind of dull in this.
And god I know Murakami is sexist a lot of the time in his books, but it was over the top in this one. Seriously "the twins" in Pinball 1973 seemed to have literally no purpose other than to provide the narrator with a couple of feelings. Oh, and to have sex with him and make him food and cof ...more
-> Hear the Wind Sing
-> Pinball, 1973
Easily the best part of this two-novella collection (his very first written/published output, written in the 1970s) 'is Haruki Murakami's introduction, wherein he tries to explain the epiphany (to switch his career focus from bar owner to novelist) he receives from watching a Yakult Swallows baseball game. (Not unlike the epiphany to stop chain-smoking and become a marathon runner he relates in his What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, written long after this.) Murakami completists ...more
I would have to disagree. Before I move forward I want to say that I'd rate Hear the Wind Sing at five stars, and put Pinball, 1973 down for four.
It is easy to notice the unpolished parts of Wind in comparison to Murakami's other works, and though I'd never rec ...more
I enjoyed this - Murakami's first novel. It certainly didn't have the polish of later work, and the storyline was pretty basic, however it did convey a sense of displacement, broken relationships, thwarted ambitions. The dialogue is snappy, the rhythm is syncopated, thoughts and emotions are "shown", rather than "told".
"You like Tokyo?"
"One place or another - it's all the same to me."
"I guess so. I haven't left this town once since the Tokyo Olympics."
"You like it here?"
"As you said. i ...more
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More than anything else, “Hear the Wind Sing” is a series of atmospheric snapshots – it offers rather impressions than events. Still, the novel does show quite some elements in which you can recognise your typical Murakami from his ...more
In the cold light of day, trying to put that predisposition to one side, these are still good books of their genre. Their genre being "Murakami". I freely admit to being a fan. I have ...more
"Ok so these two old-ass Murakami novellas I'm reading are wacky. The first one, literally nothing happens except the narrator drinks......a lot of beer, contemplates the meaning/purpose of writing, and dates a girl with 9 fingers....sadness and regret galore...YET I still found it ENTIRELY COMPELLING somehow. Much better than Colorless Tsukuru....The second novella is about a translator who wakes up one morning to find twins ...more
Đây là tổng hợp 2 cuốn tiểu thuyết đầu tay của Murakami: Hear the wind Sing và Pinball. Lần đầu tiên nó được chuyển ngữ sang tiếng Anh (do ý muốn của tác giả, muốn cuốn sách này chỉ nằm trong lòng nước Nhật) - Có được tính là đọc 2 quyển không nhỉ?
Sự chuyển ngữ trong cuốn sách này là xuất sắc, vì nó vẫn giữ nguyên cái chất của Murakami. Hiển nhiên thôi, ông nói khi viết cuốn tiể ...more
Hear the Wind Sing is a straightforward story with none of the oddity or surreality of Murakami's later books. The story moves quickly although little occurs. The characters are opaque and don't offer much to care about. My biggest beef with it is the pretentiou ...more
Me han gustado las dos novelas cortas, pero se nota mucho que eran sus primeras veces enfrentándose al folio en blanco y no han tenido, a mi parecer, tanta dirección como tienen sus otros libros, que ya escribió cuando contaba con más experiencia en el campo. Pero, incluso aunque a veces parezca que son simples notas de un primer borrador, resultan muy curiosas d ...more
Seitdem ich meinen ersten Murakami in den Händen gehalten und mich ein wenig näher mit dem wundersamen Autor befasst hatte, war ich unfassbar traurig darüber, dass seine Erstlingswerke nie aus dem Japanischen übersetzt wurden. Gerade die ersten Zeilen, die ihm quasi den Weg zur Berühmtheit gepflastert haben, waren einfach diejenigen, die mich am meisten interessierten, von denen ich unbedingt wissen wollte, zu welcher Geschichte sie sich zusammenfügen würden und so machte ich buchstäblich Luftsp...more
"...There's no such thing as a perfect piece if writing. Just as there's no such thing as perfect despair..."
Wind and Pinball are two short novels that center on the lives of an unnamed narr ...more
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Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am ...more