When he wrote his first novel, Haruki Murakami confessed in a lecture, friends called to complain because the book made them want to drink. And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz. Jay Rubin, a self-confessed fan, has written a book for. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin.

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He started writing short stories when he was 30 years old as he first tried his hand in running a jazz bar.

There Rubin discusses issues of translating from the Japanese. Open Preview See a Problem? Discussing the texts Hear murakai Wind Sing and Pinball, at some length — and offering excerpts — helps fill in what has been a tremendous gap for English-language readers. Interestingly, ‘1Q84’ which got a fairly lukewarm appraisal in the west was the only one of Murakami’s long books which was translated without major cuts…. It also provides some great context regarding Murakami’s style and influences.

Some chapters are much more interesting and useful than others, in particular excerpts from his own writings and speeches. His story should also mjsic many aspiring writers. How about all those suicides We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

I hardly know anything about Murakami’s life, but this seems like a good place to start. At the aords, it felt like I have not only gained an insight on Murakami’s works, but also a glimpse into his reclusive life and mind. So as far as giving the reader information, Rubin does an excellent job.

Rubin touches on some of this stuff, but jaruki as thoroughly and as long as I’d want. I think the first book-length analysis of the fictions of Murakami, and an indispensable guide. She said that she got interested on this author when she saw a guy laughing out loud while in a bookstore holding and reading a Murakami book.


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Don’t read this book until you’ve read all of Murakami’s works. The story of Murakami’s early jazz-club owning days and his particular interests are perhaps familiar to some readers, but Rubin fills in a great amount of detail.

I have read six Murakamis, currently plowing my way through 1Q Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O’Brien, among others. Account Options Sign in. Though it is obvious that Rubin wants to keep the tone of the book informational and biographical in broad strokes rather than critical, it seems that he cannot resist the occasional foray into psychological criticism, which are typically rather empty in nature and don’t carry much weight.

The bibliography lists the works essentially all of Raymond Carver’s works, as well as numerous other authorsand Rubin does discuss this aspect of Murakami’s work fairly well. Didn’t expect to see him outright dislike some stories!

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

My Murakami reading started last year when a Goodreads friend introduced him to me when I was in the hospital due to knee operation.

Ru This is a partial review of a partially read book. He fiercely defended Murakami’s omniscient position as an author and willingly accepted Murakami’s trademark illogical plot lines. To ask other readers questions about Haruki Murakami and the Music of Wordsplease sign up.

‘Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words’ by Jay Rubin (Review)

Of particular interest is a two-part appendix of “Translating Murakami”, and there is also a helpful Murakami-bibliography. And I think he gives some really useful insight that I would have never been able to access otherwise, stuff about things that just can’t be translated.


Among the most interesting sections of the book is Rubin’s appendix on “Translating Murakami”. In all this Rubin brings the enthusiasm of a fan as well as a translator of Murakami’s work.

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Not everyone, surely, is similarly impressed when he writes: Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words can certainly be recommended to anyone interested in Murakami and his work. Doesn’t mean I’d say no to good writing and some editing here and there, of course! And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz.

Consciousness and the Posthuman William S. May have to resort to purchasing it. Lists with This Book. In tracing Murakami’s career, he uses interviews he conducted with the author between andand draws on insights and observations gathered from over ten years of collaborating with Murakami on translations of his works.

Nov 16, Andrew Harrison rated it really liked it. Part of the fun lies in recognising the stories Rubin is discussing — and there are a lot of them. This is a partial review of a partially read book. Occasionally I think Rubin drifts into the speculative, especially with t Rubin gives quite a bit of biographical information about Murakami within the context of his writing, which allows the reader to see the connection between Murakami’s growth and changes of writing style in relation to his maturation as a person.

Jo — Definitely worth a read, especially if you’ve read a lot of Murakami’s work.