#84 — Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball

Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball by Murakami Haruki
Rating: 3/5
  • Two separate books that comprise Murakami’s earliest two works
  • The commentary that preceded the stories was more interesting than the stories themselves. Not that they were bad– you can tell it’s him, his style, and his way of thinking, he just hadn’t fully come into himself yet — but it’s all there
  • One of the many interesting things he said in the forward (and that would probably be appreciated by Jhumpa Lahiri) was that he originally wrote his stories in his adopted language of English, then translated them back to his native language. The reason for doing this was to convey his thoughts as simply and clearly as possible, without being bogged down, either by knowing too much or worrying about convention
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