Murakami & Magic Realism

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South of the Border, West of the Sun Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679767398
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2000

I first read this several years ago. I had just discovered Murakami and raced through all of the novels awestruck by the worlds he created. This one didn't stand out at the time. I'm sure I was impatient with the anticipation of being blown away by another magical place where life is lived in dreams and wells and amongst talking cats. That was my mistake. This is a beautiful story. Possibly his most beautiful. How do we live the life we have if we've lost the life we had? - randy


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Sputnik Sweetheart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

Perhaps there are better Murakami novels, but Sputnik Sweetheart is my favorite. K and Sumire are friends from university. K stoically pines for Sumire but Sumire is only interested in writing until she meets Miu. One day, while Miu and Sumire are vacationing in Greece, Sumire just disappears. Such a beautiful story summed up best by K -


When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment.

- randy


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Eleanor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101903537
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Published: Broadway Books - March 7th, 2017

What a wonderful book. The characters' lives are so tragic, but you feel their strength and resilience throughout. And the worlds created are magnificent in both their beauty and their dread. Very Murakamiesque. - randy


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The Lost Time Accidents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250117984
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Published: Picador USA - February 14th, 2017

The Lost Time Accidents is Waldy's letter to a woman with whom he is obsessed. The letter is his family's history with the Lost Time Accidents, and the experimentation by Waldy's great uncle, The Black Timekeeper, with Holocaust victims. Along the way we meet his two reclusive aunts, his father - a science fiction writer who unwillingly becomes inspiration for a new religion based on the Lost Time Accidents, and Mrs. Haven, wife of the founder of this religion, and the intended recipient of this letter. This is not about time travel. It's about the hold families have on one another. And it's a great read! - randy


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The Crane Wife Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143126171
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Published: Penguin Books - December 17th, 2014

The Crane Wife is a wonderful tale about love. Not syrupy, sappy love but rather the myriad of necessary bonds people create and destroy with one another. George is the father of Amanda, grand pere of JP, ex-husband of Clare, and fiance of Kumiko. Ness wraps these relationships in a wonderful folk tale about the destructive and creative powers of a Volcano and it’s need to be forgiven by the Crane Wife who in turn is bound by the forces of the Volcano. Five stars for sure! - randy


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

We meet Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki in high school where he is part of an inseparable group of friends. After leaving home for college, for a reason unknown to Tsukuru, his friends abandon him, never wanting to hear from him again. This traumatic loss haunts Tsukuru for years as he watches life go by - until he meets Sara. Murakami takes us on Tsukuru's journey from suicidal devastation to survival, and ultimately forgiveness. And all the elements of a Murakami story are there - cats, cooking, dreams, music (of course), trains and beautiful prose. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is simply wonderful. - randy


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The Illumination Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage Books - February 21st, 2012

A wonderful read and original idea for a story. It's a great exploration of what it means to be human and how we related with one another. - randy


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The Insides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195469
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Published: Melville House Publishing - June 14th, 2016

A deliciously crazy adventure! The chase is fun but it's Ollie's and Maja's internal struggles with their pasts and futures that are really at the heart of this story. I love the use of magic as a window into the insides, the very metaphorical insides. - randy