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Patiently Waiting for IQ84 [Jun. 5th, 2009|01:02 pm]
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Old Murakami book on my desk.

After five long years, Haruki Murakami is releasing a new book, 1Q84. I first learned it from Dylan during the weekend and so immediately after that, I ran a literature search on the internet about it.

Here are what I have learned:

  • There’s a quite a hush on the release of this new book. Publisher said it’s a market strategy.
  • The new book is said to be a hefty one at “least twice the size of Kafka on the Shore.”
  • The English will be released in two volumes around 1,055 in page count.
  • Murakami interview described the new book as a “real doorstop”.
  • Although it’s already out in Japan, there’s no official English release date yet.
  • Like many of his previous works, 1Q84 is a complex and surreal narrative. It shifts back and forth between tales of two characters, a man and a woman, who are searching for each other. Through their thoughts and experiences, which include murder and historical references, the book explores social and emotional issues such as cult religion, violence, family ties and love.

There are lots of speculations surrounding about this book. The title itself is assumed to have been homage to Orwell’s 1984. Since the number 9 in Japanese is pronounced “kyuu” like the "letter Q". Or a talk that it might be a play off of Chinese novelist Lu Xun’s novel, "The True Story of Ah Q". The "number 1 in the title could stand for the pronoun “I” so that it should read something like “I am Q”.

I should have said that I wasn't quite satisfied with his latest, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" which I could relate to because running is close to my heart and the book is a homage to a Raymond Carver's book which I read prior to Murakami's and was quite happy about it. But one thing remains. I am a HUGE FAN of Murakami, so like any loyal fan that I am, no amount of speculation can ruin my anticipation and urge to read one more of his books.

photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk

Murakami's latest, 1Q84 is now released in Japan.

photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk


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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional [Oct. 16th, 2008|11:02 am]

Murakami"s latest book

The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. The sky both exists and doesn’t exist. It has substance and at the same time doesn’t. bAnd we merely accept that vast expanse and drink in it.

~ What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, page 17~

I passed by FullyBooked last night and got a copy of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I’ve been aching for a new Haruki Murakami book since I heard of the release of his latest published work. I've never been this excited. Not only because it's Murakami but more so because he'll talk about his other passion aside from writing--long distance running.

I called the bookstore last week if they already have it in their shelves and the lady who received my call informed me that they only have two copies left. I got distressed. I should have whizzed my way to the bookstore and get one of that last two copies but I couldn’t. My workload is killing me.

I miss my early days when I would wind away my time at the mall visiting every bookstore I could find or sitting at one particular shop, on that one particualr spot and read there for hours. I miss movie hopping, trying the most outlandish and never-heard films I could watch. Most of all, I miss my “not-so-busy-days” where I would just walk languidly in the middle of a busy and crowded place without looking at the clock.

Strangely, I miss my old self.

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The subtle Murakami in After Dark [May. 15th, 2007|12:27 pm]


"Looks like a totally ordinary guy," says Komugi.
The ordinary-looking ones are the most dangerous," says Kaoru, rubbing her chin.
"They carry aroud a shit-load of stress."

- after dark, page 67

I've finished reading Murakami's latest, After Dark. It's a good thing that Monday was declared a national holiday. You got to do something aside from voting, right? It was a fun time to stay in my nook for awhile and finish a book. I've never done that, not usually. These days, finishing a book becomes more of a dispensation rather than a option.

I would understand why after reading this book, some people would say they didn't like it (comparing to all his other works), or they might feel a bit cheated at some part (which is very Murakami-esque, by the way), or it's not as thick and rich as the Wind-up Bird Chronicle or as deceptive and mind-boggling as Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but alas...I got what I came to read. What I meant to say is, I love it nonetheless.

I've got at least 5 reasons why I would recommend it to anyone. (I always have a reason, it has becoming more of an annoying habbit but I make it a point to have some). 1) I love its narrative treatment, sort of like writing a screenplay, the readers are being maneuvered; 2) The conversations betwen Mari and Takahashi are witty and rich; 3) Strong characterization, which I believe has always been a strong trait for every Murakami's novel; 4) There's always the "thinking sequence" one has to always connect the dots, sort it out and the readers are alone in this feat; and 5) The cats and the crows are here too, you wouldn't miss them.

I could tell you some reasons why you might not like it, but that's besides the point already.


I feel like saying "Sorry" today. I hope it gets to you.

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Oh well, after several months of darkness...AFTER DARK is here! [May. 8th, 2007|09:02 am]

published by Harvill Secker

It's 208 pages all in all...a bit thinner than the others.
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After Dark, coming this May 2007 [Nov. 28th, 2006|04:52 am]

The English version will be released this coming May 2007!!!
Can't wait to have it.

Here's the plot:

Alienation is a returning motive in the works of Murakami, and the central theme in this novel set in a major Japanese city at night. Main characters include Mari, a 19-year old girl, who spends the night reading in bars. There she meets Takahashi, a trombone-playing student, who also knows Mari's sister Eri. Eri is being watched in her sleep by someone sinister. Eri also suffers from social withdrawal, a condition often referred to as hikikimori.

Mari and Takahasi cross ways with a fighting champion, now working as a receptionist in a love hotel, a prostitute who has been raped in this same love hotel and a sadistic computer expert. The story takes place in a world between reality and dream.

(source: wikipedia)
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3 Murakami short stories translated [Oct. 12th, 2006|07:40 am]

Semester is finally over! Wahooo! Finally, I have finished my paper for one of my graduate classes in translation. I've translated three of Murakami's works into Filipino. Hehe, sana mataas makuha kong grade.
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Anxiously waiting... [Jul. 21st, 2006|09:32 am]
Wah! I wake up anxious today. I learned that Murakami is coming out with a new book. A collection of stories about vomiting. How weird is that? hehe. I love the man, so whatever he wants to write, I think I'll forever love him.

Anyway, the book will be availabe in August 29, 2006. I hope to get my copy then. Yahoooo!
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(no subject) [Jul. 21st, 2006|08:59 am]

I borrowed Oki's copy of Hear the Wind Sing a few days ago. She has two copies, one in Japanese and another one in English. I haven't started it though. I haven't read any Murakami book for awhile and I am starting to miss his writings so much. I haven't been to the bookstore lately for my daily New Yorker check out, so I am probably missing on a lot, especially his latest works.

I promise to stop by this week. If not Murakami, maybe David Mitchell's latest. :)
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Finally got my copy...yahooo! [Nov. 2nd, 2005|04:37 pm]

Last week, while waiting for M, I passed by Powerbooks to check out some new titles. I don’t have any plan of buying anything, I would just like to look around. Stop by the contemporary fiction, particularly the section with authors whose names start with “M”. Haruki Murakami has always been my effective reading booster. Give me a Murakami book and I’ll devour it with passion. I just like the guy truly and blissfully. He’s more than enough reason for me to write and continue hoping that there’s beyond being 'ordinary' (whatever that means). Anyway, I finished half of the book during the weekend and polished the last two stories last Monday. Sulit naman yung book. Medyo mahal pero ewan ko ba, pag si Murakami, sulit lahat. Wala pa kong book n’ya na totally hinde ko nagustuhan. As in talagang inayawan ko! Siguro pagbinasa ko yung early works n’ya i.e. Pinball at yung Hear The Wind Sing. So anyway, the book was nicely assembled. All the stories are nice read. No kidding. But I have special affinity for Russell Banks’ The Moor,Daniel Lyons’ The Birthday Cake, Claire Keegan’s Close to the Water’s Edge, and Raymond Carver’s The Bath. They are dark and hopeful both at the same time. Somehow, these authors made a somewhat ordinary occasion like birthday into an event that is worthy of storytelling. Murakami’s Birthday Girl is very typical of his style and very digestible. :)
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2005|01:32 pm]
I haven't got hold of Murakami's latest short story. I've gone through major bookstores here in Metro Manila but failed to find one.
I was hoping Harper would be kind enough to provide some e-copy of the short but it's likely that they won't. Oh well.
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