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Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
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Sep 22, 2007

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This odd little out-of-print Murakami novella fits into a four-part cycle of 5-or-so-year intervals between Hear the Wind Sing and A Wild Sheep Chase. As such, it's a somewhat aimless meditation on aimlessness, via both its nameless narator and "The Rat". The recurring themes here seem to have congealed a little more soundly by Sheep, but its sad surreality and the poetry of Murakami's words provide plenty of reason to seek it out. If you can find a copy: I read it in one afternoon on a return trip to my old college library, the only place I've ever seen it.
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