I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

I used to be a huge fan of murakami in my mid twenties, and would devour any translation of his books I could get my hands on. I still respect his work, and think he is a good writer and a brilliant story teller but thank god I don’t see myself in any of his books anymore.
 
 

 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
 
Haruki Murakami - Norwegian lizard

 

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
 

I used to be a huge fan of murakami in my mid twenties, and would devour any translation of his books I could get my hands on. I still respect his work, and think he is a good writer and a brilliant story teller but thank god I don’t see myself in any of his books anymore.

 
I began to draw an invisible boundary between myself and other people. No matter who I was dealing with. I maintained a set distance, carefully monitoring the person’s attitude so that they wouldn’t get any closer. I didn’t easily swallow what other people told me. My only passions were books and music.
 
One of things that attracted me to murakami's writing is the combination of the depressive dark side with the humor and signs of subtle wit that are weaved through the stories. Ok, maybe it is not that depressive but it is dark, as murakami loves to try and get deeper and deeper into that well he called our heart and not just wait for things to come floating to the surface.
 
I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it -- to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once. ”
 

I don’t really see him as a surrealist, not even in his more fantastic work. He is always well firmed in the ground, and always attached to reality in some way or another. Maybe it is not the reality we know, or the reality we like to look at, but he is always close to nature. Human nature that is.

 

In dreams you don’t need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don’t exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don’t hurt.
Reality is different. Reality bites. Reality, reality.

 

He is a great story teller, I will give him that. The ideas? Not too original, the writing? I prefer something a bit more robust if I am already commiting to an author's work, something a bit more elaborated. But the stories? There he truly shines, is really in his element, has the home advantage.

He knows how to create that unseen tension you have between characters, between a character and the world around it and the tension inside the character. And tension is what creates movement, what creates motion, energy, a spark.

 
If a pretty girl says “I look terrible today, I don’t want to go out,’ that’s OK, but if an ugly girl says the same thing people laugh at her.
 

I think 'Norwegian wood' is my favorite murakami novel, and if I had to put my finger on it I would say that it is that hint of nostalgic look at Japanese culture that enchanted me when I first read it.

 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

 
Murakami is a very strange documenter of Japanese culture, as in any scale he is far from being objective, but he manages to bring up to light a lot of the problematic aspects of the culture he grew up in. the fact the hero of the book is more interested in western culture than the Japanese one is the cherry on top, making it , once again, a murakami masterpiece of interlaced realities. Great book.
   
  Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt. Life is like that.