I am Not a Fan of Haruki Murakami

by - May 08, 2020



Title: Norwegian Wood
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published Year: 2003
Edition Language: English
Page: 386 pages

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Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life. - p. 30


Seldom do books bring nothing into my after-taste reading. But not these ones. I have read several of Haruki Murakami books but it turns out that I don't like his writing. Been wondering why it can happen because I am such a huge fan of his former book--which is non-fiction--called What I Talk When I Talk About Running (2007). In the previous post of mine, there I stated that the idea of being a runner for the whole life was absorbed into my dignity and I am a runner too since then. His writing in that book was not so persuasive yet I like it so much and it made me do jogging almost every day.

Nevertheless, I hate the rest of his fiction writing.

What a bingo-bango!

Norwegian Wood might be the most talked and reviewed book by Haruki Murakami and I decided to read that for the first time. Certainly, that was the first time I read his fiction writing. After reading for almost 10 books by him (yeah, I didn't like his books but I kept trying, you know!), I was really close to the inference of his patterns: Haruki Murakami was a not-so-guessable writer who has these parameters of writing. 

There will always be a mysterious woman in his book!

I love something mysterious but reading the same premise on each book telling about the mysterious woman all the time was such huge boredom. Sputnik Sweetheart (1999), 1Q84 (2011), Norwegian Wood (1987), and Men Without Women (2014) might be the samples of stories with mysterious women. These women also had the same roles which were always leaving scars to men's lives and so that the men continued their lives without levitating every day for granted. The women were either dead, cheating, moving from the current cities, or having a troublesome. Unfortunately, I could say that Murakami didn't really tell the stories of the gone girls. He'd rather be telling about the impact that they left behind their men (and it always be purple in color schematics, or full of sadness).

Perhaps, Murakami has an ear fetish. Well, it was just my guess (?)

Some of the scenes in Murakami was really telling about the weird sex related to ear fetish. The feminine psyche explained in the details of his books were not understandable. Perhaps, he wanted to clarify and describe the psychology of men's behavior when they experienced bad breakups. And, yeah, the men characters in the stories were having something unusual when they were thinking about ears, more specifically women's ears. But, again, it was just my guess. I've ever read a scientific article revealing the rule of writer's fetish to the writing. Surprisingly, the influence was strong. It was like how religion and political views could impact the writer's perspective in writing.

The officious and oblivious manners of the characters.

I've clearly remembered that the characters in Murakami's books apt to the feeling of being followed by a mysterious entity in disguise. It was dubious to tell that their followers either real or imaginary. Killing Commendatore (2017) was being referred to the strangest story by Murakami. The supernatural powers possessed by the characters lead to skeptical thinking of mine yet I admired how he briefly stated on his perpetual sciences perspective in between. I myself like this kind of premise in his books instead of the sexual intercourse narration upbringing to most of his novels. The "running" activity, too, often appeared as a hobby or daily activity from the characters; it also happened for the "running from the reality" and "ghosting from the present time.

So far, the parallel world idea has the utmost interest to read. 

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994), Kafka on the Shore (2002), and 1Q84 (2011) were three of Murakami's books with parallel world told in the story. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is dense and compact writing of how alternate realities affect people's lives while Kafka on the Shore is telling about the metaphysical analysis on how the characters related to one and another. 1Q84, probably the heaviest and biggest book of Murakami recently, is soaring the story of multiple arcs to bring flocking ideas of two different timelines. When finishing the last-mentioned book, I drank several barrels of water because my brain's sick from thinking about the probability appeared in the ending. Well, for some reason, I have to admit that I apt to like 1Q84. But, still, not for the other books.

Maybe it seems like I am a so-called huge reader to determine the tendency of Murakami in writing style. But, I haven't read all of his books. The explained points above were just my ignorance of twelve or thirteen books I've read so far. I am not going to deny the fact that perhaps I am going to love his works in the future. 

Well, have you read one of Murakami's books?

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