When he wrote his first novel, Haruki Murakami confessed in a lecture, friends called to complain because the book made them want to drink. And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz. Jay Rubin, a self-confessed fan, has written a book for. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin.

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May have to resort to purchasing it. He also provides, alongside the analyzes, a sort of biography of Murakami. The only shortcoming for me was that there wasn’t as thorough a treatment of the symbolism and themes in Murakami as I was looking for. Of course, written by someone who works rubinn closely with Murakami, its definitely not the most objective of texts.

Finally, since I peeked ahead, there’s also another phase – or is it just a temporary breather from chasing Nobel Immortality – to which ‘After Dark’ and some later short stories might belong. Many of my Goodreads friends question the relevance or roles of those characters in this Franz Kafka and Jerusalem Prizes awardee book. Interestingly, ‘1Q84’ which got a fairly lukewarm appraisal in the west was the only one of Murakami’s long books which was translated without major cuts….

Since 4 of these the first 4 below are in list, I started my reading right after I left the hospital: Oct 12, Guido Eekhaut rated it really liked it. He is particularly good in giving a sense for where Murakami stands in relation to the Japanese literary scene generally.

How Murakami uses inspiration from detective novels to provide novels that have trhe rhythm and drive of a mystery, but the mysteries themselves become unsolveable ones – the influence of Murakami’s own disillusionment with the protests of his youth – the influences of jazz and other popular music on Murakami’s writing – how Murakami has tried to tackle different genre as his career continued. It felt like having no direction.

Part exuberant celebrator, part human Murakami encyclopedia, Rubin, a Harvard professor of Japanese Literature and a Murakami translator, puts about the author’s life and writing under a microscope in Any fan of Murakami that is looking for information AND readings of his work, look o further – Rubin’s work here is the perfect introduction to Murakami criticism and a wonderful tool for anyone looking to understand him better.


And Rubin had a strict page limit! For me his writing talents are really second rate, it’s the general atmosphere of his works that draws in.

Haruki Murakami and the music of words – Jay Rubin – Google Books

When Murakami makes up his mind to do something, he does it. The Birth of Boku. He could be star-struck too. I was surprised to hear that some countries used the English translation to translate his books into another language, as was the case with the German version of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. So far I’ve read almost everything by Murakami in English so I never really noticed, but I heard the English translations are actually quite poor compared to German and Dutch translations.

Definitely agree that his English translators make him look good — he’s so popular in Japan, no editor will go murakaim his work with a ten-foot pole.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

As well as this difference in style, Murakami was also a literary outsider in other ways. Does someone from this group have xnd book as a pdf? The complete review ‘s Review:.

He could also be accused of writing for the sake of writing as his output is truly phenomenal and covers all kinds of areas and genres. Once, cross-country skiing in New Hampshire, he lost his anx going down a small incline and went face-first into musoc icy snowdrift.

We follow Murakami through his less-than-stellar school jaay and his riot-interrupted time at university, finding out about his early marriage and his years running a jazz club along the way.

Notify me of new posts via email. Nov 09, Andrew Smith rated it liked it Shelves: Part of the problem in discussing Murakami’s work is the state in which it is available in English. You are commenting using your WordPress. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Read this book and be convinced. Account Options Sign in. He also, however, does a little bit of literary commentary of nearly every single thing to come out of Murakami’s pen.

Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: Only very recently having come to any sort of working conclusion about the way I feel about him, I was really curious to see what other people have to say about him.


And I think he gives some really useful insight that I would have never been able to access otherwise, stuff about things that just can’t be translated. You’ll harruki get a fuller scope of Murakami’s anywhere else, mmusic figurative or historical, Rubin has it locked down. Also, Rubin’s assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of Murakami’s later works sound somewhat snooty and seem off the mark.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words – Jay Rubin – Google Books

In fact, for those not overly familiar with Murakami, his work as a literary translator may come as a bit of a shock. To be honest, one thing that bothered me about 1Q84 is that it kept repeating information, especially in Book 1 he kept describing Tengo’s earliest memory over and over and over, for example.

Read, highlight, tthe take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The bibliography lists the works essentially all of Raymond Carver’s works, as well as numerous other authorsand Rubin does discuss this aspect of Murakami’s work fairly well.

A quick, packed read, Rubin presents his material accessibly while still being fairly thorough at least regarding those parts of Murakami’s life and works that he actually touches on. For the most part Rubin balances scholarly thoroughness with a light tone that makes this book accessible for a wide audience basically anyone who can get mksic a Murakami-novel.

But maybe it’s too soon to try and view Murakami in aords big picture, or maybe I just haven’t read the right critical works yet. In other words, this book answered many questions I had while reading six of his books.

Haney No preview available – Thanks for the comments! As an editor and compiler, Rubin puts together a fascinating collection of information of Murakami’s work and perspectives from the author himself that don’t feel too defensive against analysis though it would seem that Murakami himself isand there is an interesting appendix on translation from Japanese, but as an author in this book, Rubin typically falls short of the mark.

I’m also curious about the less positive claims about Rubin himself.