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Poll Question: Favorite Murakami novel:
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    Posted: September 23 2013 at 19:55

For the second year in a row, bookies have laid odds that Haruki Murakami is the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. (How do you feel about that, by the way?)

So far, I've read Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Sputnik Sweetheart, and Kafka on the Shore. All of them are excellent, but my favorite is Sputnik Sweetheart, which, perhaps for its English title, receives little mention usually. I wonder how it fared in Japan?

A frequent criticism is that his books tend to be very similar to each other. That may be, but it's the reason I love to read his works...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote silverpot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2013 at 12:31
It's a tough choice between Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84 trilogy.
Murakami is currently my favorite writer and I have been betting on him to be awarded the Nobel Prize for a couple of years now. I 'm a bookseller so we always do some inhouse betting among the staff. I think he's still too young though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2013 at 03:13
Only read the After the Quake short story collection which I found to vary a lot in quality, and I'm not sure how much of it I understood in full.
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2004 After Dark and 1987 Norwegian Wood
Both while staying in Japan, that gave Murakami an extra dimention. !
 
After dark was my favorite so far, but no vote as i only know those two.
 
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