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  • Strange to say, but I’ve never read anything by Murakami yet. Based on your review it doesn’t seem I lost much, but then I heard there are several good books by him; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and The Wild Sheep Chase sound most promising. Still, it will take me some time before I actually get to any of them 😉

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    • I’ve only read Kafka on the Shore and this one to this day and there’s just something about the way he writes and how it has no filter that make me want to keep him on my TBR. I do hope your first experience with his work will prove to be positive. You’ll just have to pick wisely! 😛

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  • I like to read a Murakami novel, from time to time. This might not be his best, but it’s decent enough, and short 😉 Movie felt a little flat, but the book I’d recommend 🙂

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    • I share the same exact opinion as you on Murakami’s books and this one. It’ll probably a while before I pick up another one but I do enjoy reading it here and then too. I’ll be checking out the movie at some point to see how they could’ve possibly adapted this book into a movie without cutting 90% of it out hahaha 😀

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  • I have not read this particular novel by Murakami, but with 1Q84 and Kafka on the Shore under my belt, I think I’m all set. I know you mentioned in your review of Kafka that you’re interested in 1Q84 but with this, are you still interested?

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  • I enjoyed the movie, though I’ve never read the book. I recall it as a rather sad and almost depressing movie that really fits your description of the book. The idea of dwelling in the past, the broken characters, some seemingly seeking something, others running away. It’s not a movie I would likely watch again, but I’m glad to have seen it. I don’t know if I would pick up the book, but I might very well seek out another story by the author. Great review, Lashaan.

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    • Thanks, Todd! I heard that the movie barely skims over the content of the book at remains allegorical to some extent. I feel like it might be MUCH more accessible. I plan on checking it out at some point but I’m almost convinced that it can’t be the same beast as this book, there’s just so much oddness that would weirdly translate on the big screen. 😛 Hope your time with Haruki Murakami in the future will be worthwhile though!

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  • I was really excited to read your review Lashaan and it didn’t disappoint! 😊 the characters in Murakami’s novels are always hard to relate to, especially these ones! Have you seen the movie? I would be curious to know what you thought of it! 😊

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    • Oh yes, the main protagonist here was beyond odd in his own way. Then again, it always remains fascinating to see how Haruki Murakami gives them so much authenticity through his writing. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I do hope to at some point. Something tells me it won’t be anything like the book though hahaha Thanks for reading, Juliette! 😀

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      • Yes exactly, sometimes I wonder if it’s not exactly the fact that pretty much everything in Murakami’s books if a bit “off” that makes the stories fascinating! I’ll be curious to hear what you think of the movie. Personally I thought it was nothing like the book!

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  • I’ve been looking forward to your review of this since you mentioned it in an earlier post! Doesn’t sound like it could live up to Kafka on the Shore. I seem to remember some people saying that this is a somewhat atypical Murakami. Not sure, I’ll read it. Nevertheless, I still have appetite for more Murakami, especially (for some strange reason) The Wild Sheep Chase, which is mean to be distinctively odd.

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    • Yep. Kafka on the Shore remains the best of the two for me. It’s definitely not that comparable in the end though, since one was magical realism while the other is romance. I do hope that the next one I pick up by him will blow my mind one way or the other. Goodreads tells me that The Wild sheep Chase is the 3rd book of a series..? Do you think it can be read as a stand-alone or should it be read with book 1 first? I didn’t want to look up the blurbs out of fear of spoilers to even know if they were related to another or not hahaha Thank you for reading though! I appreciate it. 😀

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      • As I understand it, the three books in Murakami’s The Rat series can be read independently of each other. Also, I think that the first two in the series are not in print anymore, so presumably most people only read the 3rd one.

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  • Heck! I hate when the sex is so present that it leaves little to no room for anything else in the story!
    That’s not your week Lashaan!

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