Poll

What book do you want to read?

A Wild Sheep Chase
0 (0%)
Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
1 (6.3%)
Dance Dance Dance
0 (0%)
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
0 (0%)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
2 (12.5%)
Sputnik Sweetheart
2 (12.5%)
Kafka On The Shore
4 (25%)
After Dark
3 (18.8%)
IQ84
3 (18.8%)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage
0 (0%)
Wind/Pinball
1 (6.3%)

Total Members Voted: 6

Voting closed: August 09, 2015, 07:36:08 PM

Author Topic: Murakami Book Club  (Read 3156 times)

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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2015, 09:44:26 PM »
I just read that if we really want to understand KotS, we need to read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Hard Boiled Wonderland.  Murakami himself recommends that to really understand the novel we need to read it a few times, because it is a riddle and needs to be explored from different perspectives.  Sigh.

Some questions that we should perhaps answer each one of us:

Who is Crow Boy?

Where did the two soldiers disappear to?

What is the power of the cat-soul flute?

Is Miss Saeki really Kafka's mother?

Answer or don't answer as you please, but your guess will be as good as mine.
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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2015, 09:55:49 PM »
I did read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle but only recall that I really didn't care for it too much.  I just looked at the Wiki plot summary, it is 2 lines long and didn't help bring back any memories.

I will start KotS this weekend since I have a 3 day weekend and don't have to go into work on Sat anymore.
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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2015, 01:14:05 AM »
Just finished The Wild Sheep Chase.  Starting IQ84.
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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2015, 01:56:29 AM »
Okay, I've now read four Murakami novels and am working on my fifth.  C'mon guys!

I've got a whole theory my kids and I have worked out about Kafka as well.  Yes, I convinced one of my daughters to read the novel (Ideathy) and we had an epic all-family, three hour discussion about it, and came to some interesting conclusions.
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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2015, 10:49:22 AM »
 :D

oldkid, I wish I'd been there for that discussion! I'm about 2/3 done, but things got busy this month. I'm hoping to finish up, so I can ask questions.
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Re: Murakami Book Club
« Reply #35 on: October 21, 2015, 06:19:06 PM »
I think I have to wait to have a break from work.  There is a 4 day weekend coming up between 7 Nov and 10 Nov
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