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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He has also written a guide to Japanese, Making Sense of Japanese, and a biographical literary analysis of Murakami. Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words – India. The complete review ‘s Review:. And though I always wonder whether every Murakami fan in the world leads such a conflicting life. While most US Murakami fans probably only first learned of this author in picking up a copy of A Wild Sheep Chase for me, it was finding “TV People” in the fantastic anthology Monkey Brain SushiRubin shows hariki how Murakami has developed a much more thorough career in Japan and has put out not only an impressive number of translations of classics from the English which was the way he first received any notoriety in the US but travel writing and even has a website where fans can actually get responses from H.

This article pretty much sums up her argument, though: The blogger was Carola of brilliant yearsand she had just published a post — one in which a link was given to a translation of a rare Murakami work. My relationship with Haruki’s we’ve been through enough to be on a first name basis stuff is truly unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Nov 09, Andrew Smith rated it liked it Shelves: You are commenting using your Facebook account. He also provides, alongside the analyzes, a sort of biography of Murakami.


I’d say that if you’re in a similar situation then I’d highly recommend this. Fortunately, such passages are the exception rather than the rule — though awkward statements “If literature is dead, someone forgot to invite Haruki Murakami to the funeral” do pop up throughout the book.

See 1 question about Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words…. Doesn’t mean I’d say no to good writing and some editing here and there, of course!

Allinson Limited preview – Jan 02, Mizuki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here’s some of the stuff I was looking for answers to: Oct 08, Moroniq rated it liked it.

Discussing the texts Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, at some length — and offering excerpts — helps fill in what has been a tremendous gap for English-language readers. It also provides some great context regarding Murakami’s style and influences. Jan 19, Trin rated it liked it Rubni I wish Rubin had spent a little more time discussing some of them, because it’s a pretty big deal.

He reveals the autobiographical elements in Murakami’s fiction, and explains how he developed a distinctive new style in Japanese writing. Murakami says his style first developed because he wanted to write but had nothing to say. Occasionally I think Rubin drifts into tge speculative, especially with t Rubin gives quite a amd of biographical information about Murakami within the context of his writing, which allows the reader to see the connection between Murakami’s growth and changes of writing style in relation to his maturation as a person.

I think the primary reason why Murakami is interesting fubin his wild imagination. 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 Open Preview See murakaki Problem?


Trivia About Haruki Murakami a The Japanese refusal to edit can’t be good, but chopping out hundreds of pages doesn’t sound great either.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin

However, I would recommend reading it after reading all his novels, as there are spoilers for the majority of them.

This is a partial review of a partially read book. In tracing Murakami’s career, he uses interviews he conducted with the author between andand draws on insights and observations gathered from over ten years of collaborating with Murakami on translations of his works.

Norwegian Woodmeanwhile, was translated twice — by Alfred Birnbaum in in another Kodansha edition distributed only in Japan, and by Jay Rubin in Jun 06, Hamish rated it really liked it. The feeling is pleasantly bewildering. I’m sure Rubin will be represented there.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words offers a welcome glimpse at the two earliest novels, in particular, as Rubin describes how Murakami came to be a writer and how his early career developed. It is partly biography, partly literary criticism.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

Also, from a “development of the mkrakami perspective, are there stages in Murakami’s writing? Alex — I definitely think that you need to know the books Rubin is talking about if you’re going to get the most out of this — otherwise, it’s just somebody talking about books you haven’t read… Like Like.

Feb 11, Daz rated it really liked it. I had heard this before.