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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:58 pm

I got a copy of 'After Dark' today, after putting it off for ages. I was hoping to get the paperback, but it doesn't seem to be out yet, so I gave in and got the hardback edition for some holiday reading. I'm stupidly excited about it.

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Post by nanski » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:06 pm

now i'm living in japan, albeit okinawa, way far away from the settings of murakami's books, i have this incredible desire to reread all the books. now all i need is time.
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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:36 pm

Ooh let us know if its much good, it sounded good when i read a review.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:10 am

After reading what has become my favourite Murakami book a few months ago, Dance Dance Dance, and taking a break from him (since I was starting to get a bit obsessed) I think I am going to start on After the Quake which has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Cue a strong desire to eat Japanese food every day. That *always* happens to me when I read Murakami.

How was After Dark, Lyns?

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Post by RITH » Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:40 am

crystalball wrote:After reading what has become my favourite Murakami book a few months ago, Dance Dance Dance, and taking a break from him (since I was starting to get a bit obsessed) I think I am going to start on After the Quake which has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages.
Would you advise to read 'Dance Dance Dance' after 'A Wild Sheep Chase', or is it really not very important? (I've got DDD, but not yet AWSC).

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:26 am

crystalball wrote: How was After Dark, Lyns?
Oh, I haven't read it yet. I'm going to start it this weekend - I was reading some proper trashy books on holiday so I was kind of saving the Murakami one.

RITH, I think you can definitely read those two as separate books. It's been a while since I read either, but I think I might have read them in the 'wrong' order and it was fine. I think I might read 'dance dance dance' again actually.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:23 pm

I read them the "wrong" way round... it was fine.

I really thought he was going to take the Nobel prize this year.

Goes to show you never can tell.

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Post by tekno_alice » Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:04 pm

my band have a song called dance dance dance, maybe I should read the book, the lyrics are not connected to the book in any way I don't think tho.

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Post by autoclave » Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:20 am

I was really disappointed with After Dark. I've read all the rest of his fiction, and it was definitely my least favorite. Guess it just wasn't quite weird enough for me? Not enough people sitting in wells for extended periods of time?

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Post by JohaN » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:39 am

jayen_aitch wrote: I really thought he was going to take the Nobel prize this year.
*CYNICAL ALERT*

nah, it'll never happen - he's too popular, too enjoyable... and hence too populist for the rather elitist academy...

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Post by Trev » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:53 pm

I liked 'After Dark'. I Just finished it the other day. Certainly not my favourite of his, but it's still pretty good. A little light weight though.
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Post by Martijn » Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:18 pm

He's that bloke that did Kafka on the Beach insn't it? I liked that book when I saw it in the bookshop -if only for its title- but never got around to actualy reading something by him. If you all say he's so good, I'll go and see if they have his books at the local library. (Probably not, given its rather random and small collection, but one can always try.)

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Post by Trev » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:14 am

Martijn wrote:He's that bloke that did Kafka on the Beach insn't it? I liked that book when I saw it in the bookshop -if only for its title- but never got around to actualy reading something by him. If you all say he's so good, I'll go and see if they have his books at the local library. (Probably not, given its rather random and small collection, but one can always try.)
Yeah he did 'Kafka on the Shore'. I can recommend The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. It's a strange but wonderful book. But everything I have read that he has written has had merit.
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Post by mutantchoux » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:43 am

Are they all translated by the same chap? Or by Murakami himself ( a la Joyce)?

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:35 am

I think most of them are translated by one guy (Jay Rubin) who has also written a book about Murakami. There's one other name which I seem to recall cropping up a lot, but I can't remember exactly what it is.

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Post by JohaN » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:04 pm

lynsey's answer led me to find the below, semi-accidentally: it's quite interesting:

http://www.murakami.ch/rd/translators/main.html

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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:23 pm

I was thinking about trying to track down the English translations which I don't have, but it seems that they're no longer in print. According to that website, two of them were published in a collection called 'the trilogy of the rat' with dance dance dance, but not even ebay has any sign of that. There are individual copies of 'hear the wind sing', going for around $20US in most cases, but only two copies of 'pinball, 1973', one of which is listed at $250 and one which is signed and listed at over $1000. Yeah right!

Where would I go about tracking down these editions? I always keep an eye out in bookshops, but the chances of me finding them are slim. There must be an easier way, one that doesn't involve paying £200. Right?

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Post by Trev » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:32 pm

Try Abe Books.

I just searched for 'Hear The Wind Sing' with very mixed results - £1843.00 or £19.73 - not looked into the difference between one and the other.

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Searc ... g&x=77&y=8
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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:50 pm

Cheers for that! It seems like the most expensive ones are first editions. According to the blurb on some of those listings, Murakami has actually refused to allow them to be published again, and to be published at all outside of Japan, which is probably why they're so damned expensive...

I'd be cheaper actually going to Japan and looking through bookshops there.

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Post by Colin » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:31 pm

lostmusic wrote:
Martijn wrote:He's that bloke that did Kafka on the Beach insn't it? I liked that book when I saw it in the bookshop -if only for its title- but never got around to actualy reading something by him. If you all say he's so good, I'll go and see if they have his books at the local library. (Probably not, given its rather random and small collection, but one can always try.)
Yeah he did 'Kafka on the Shore'. I can recommend The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. It's a strange but wonderful book. But everything I have read that he has written has had merit.
Kafka... is going to be the next Murakami book I read, I'm looking forward to it.
I had a flick through Norwegian Wood yesterday, I want to read it again. I love that book so much. As I think I've said elsewhere, I found Wind-Up Bird Chronicle a bit of a chore. I always feel like a philistine for saying that though, since everyone raves about it.

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