Translated from Japanese

1Q84

1Q84

Full disclosure: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one of my favorite books of all time, so all Murakami books are judged against it. This book,…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m usually a little hesitant to read translated books. What if the author meant “that” and the translator went with “which?” It just can’t be…

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

It’s clear that this is the same man who wrote The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The pervasive themes of isolation, loneliness and disenfranchisement in a weird…

Kafka On the Shore

Kafka On the Shore

Fantastic realism I think they call it. Or mystic concretism. Maybe trippy groundedness? However you classify Murakami, this book certainly pushes the boundaries between the…

Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance

Murakami is like the big dork’s Raymond Carver. In fact, I’m a giant dork for just making that reference. While Carver is all domestic horror…