First Person Singular Review (4) With the Beatles

May 5, 2021 By mk

*This article includes possible spoiler “With the Beatles” begins with a monologue by a man who has reached old age. As well as accepting that he is becoming an old man, the protagonist describes getting old as “the death of a dream” and talks about when dreams were alive. Generally, such a story tend to […]

First Person Singular Review (3) Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova

May 5, 2021 By mk

*This article includes possible spoiler Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova was published in the magazine Bungakukai in July 2018, along with On a Pillow of Stone and Cream. All three novels reminisce about younger days from the narrator’s point of view (presumably Murakami himself), but only this novel is partly set abroad. The story begins […]

First Person Singular Review (2) On a Stone Pillow

May 5, 2021 By mk

*This article includes possible spoiler “On a Stone Pillow” is a story about Tanka Poem; a Japanese lyrical poem written in thirty-one syllables in five rhythmic lines. In spite of the difficulty in translating poems, Philip Gabriel did an excellent translation to English. The story begins with a monologue by the narrator, “I”. “I” reflects […]

First Person Singular Review (1) Cream

May 5, 2021 By mk

*This article includes possible spoiler “Cream” is a story based on the protagonist’s memories and begins with a scene in which “I” am telling a younger friend about an old experience “I” had when “I” was 18. At the beginning of October that year, I received an invitation to a piano recital As soon as […]

Thoughts on controversial depictions in Murakami’s novel

March 25, 2021 By mk

I know that some people do not like Murakami’s work because of the sexual scenes and the way the characters (especially the female characters) are portrayed. It is the same in his home country, and some people do not buy his novels for the same reason. However, few people criticise a novelist, whereas politicians and […]

Your name is Mackerel

March 22, 2021 By mk

“I want you to understand one thing,” said Kumiko. “That cat is very important to me. Or should I say to us. We found it the week after we got married. Together. You remember?” (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Book 1 Ch.4)  I was dying to have a cat. But they wouldn’t let me. My mother hated […]

Kafka on the Shore Places

February 22, 2021 By mk

This post is for those who loved Kafka on the Shore and miss travelling abroad and includes a spoiler. When I wrote someplace in my novel, I always thought “there should be this place somewhere” “this place should exist somewhere”. So, I would be grateful if that place exists inside your brain, as the place […]

Blame It On The Bossa Nova

February 11, 2021 By mk

Music takes an important role in Murakami’ life and novels. Last week, Murakami gave an interview on Shukan Asahi Magazine and said “This is a difficult time, as the world faces the pandemic. However, at any time, people need something they can enjoy.” and noticed that he would host a live radio show on this […]