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Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Recent Translations of Japanese or Korean novels?

I've been on a Murakami bender for a while, and I have only two novels of his left to read. I'd like to find some other Japanese or Korean novels in translation, now that I can see the end of all this is near. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for some awesome fiction

My book queue is empty, and my brain craves fiction! Could you please recommend some books? Favorites include : DeLillo, Murakami, Pynchon, Bolaño, Lethem, Barthleme, Franzen, Chabon, DFW, Bulgakov, Rushdie, David Mitchell, Gabriel García Márquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, George Saunders, Joe Hill, and Raymond Chandler [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 12, 2012 - 70 answers

Male characters good at keeping house

Where can I find male protagonists in fiction who are good (but not overly fastidious) at keeping house? I watched Weekend last night and felt one of the protagonists (Russell) was a good example. Hikaru Murakami's protagonists would be excellent examples as well. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 17, 2012 - 11 answers

I love the way you say "diegesis"

In 1Q84, as in many of his other books, Haruki Murakami frequently tells us what music his characters are listening to, providing a de facto soundtrack to the novel. What other authors suggest or provide soundtracks to their works and/or what other written works basically have soundtracks?
posted by davidjmcgee on May 8, 2012 - 28 answers

Read Like Molasses in January

I usually consume books. Help me with tricks/strategies to savor and retain Murakami's 1Q84. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

If you'd read Murakami in the original then you'd know that ...

Are Haruki Murakami's books very different when read in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Sep 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Was Norwegian Wood ever translated into Turkish?

Does a Turkish edition of Norwegian Wood exist? [more inside]
posted by jng on Dec 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Novels for a Murakami Fan Part II: I'm Not Broke Yet

I previously asked a question here asking for book recommendations for a Murakami fan, and got an incredibly rich response. Thanks, hive mind! There's just one problem: I ran that list into the ground, and I need some fresh reading. Fortunately, I can now provide much more guidance towards recommendations! [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Jul 25, 2010 - 29 answers

Where is this quotation from, and how am I misremembering it?

What novel (possibly or probably by Haruki Murakami) contains a speech or inner monologue with the phrase "So maybe I'm not such a good person after all"? And what's the actual text of the quotation? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jun 2, 2009 - 10 answers

If Murakami were a poet...

I'm reading more poetry lately and am wondering what poets/poems have a similar vibe to Murakami. I love his vivid language and surreal spins on daily life. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Feb 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Novels for a Murakami and Mieville fan?

NovelFilter: Hive mind, I have come to the shocking realization that my to-read queue is empty. I really enjoy the surreal side of Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, etc.), and I've recently been remembering the absolutely wonderful creations in Perdido Street Station. Help me find new novels that will send my mind to weird and fantastic places! [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Aug 2, 2008 - 46 answers

Please halp me grok

[spoilers within] Please help me understand the ending of Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. [more inside]
posted by drgonzo on Jul 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Helpakami

Can anyone help me piece together the riddle of "Kafka on the Shore"? [more inside]
posted by adrober on Oct 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Spoil this crazy long book for me.

Where can I read the entire plot of Murakami's Wind up Bird Chronicle ? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 30, 2007 - 6 answers

What's after Norwegian Wood?

A series of bad relationships left me a little bitter & twisted, so I've not been dating for quite a while. Reading Murakami's Norwegian Wood this weekend however has restored a little of my faith in the possibility of new relationships. What should I read next to keep me on this path?
posted by russmail on Jan 22, 2007 - 20 answers

Is "marionetting" real?

In Ryu Murakami's book "Coin Locker Babies", he describes a bizarre practice known as "marionetting". I can't help but wonder if this is real. And whether it is or not, what would happen if you tried it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2006 - 17 answers

Kafka On the Shore fan site

Where can I find Murakami's website that allowed readers to submit questions regarding the meaning of the book Kafka On the Shore? [more inside]
posted by pelican on May 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Wind-Up Wendy's?

Question about Murakami's Wind-Up Bird and 1980's Japan. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 30, 2005 - 21 answers

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