Today is Haruki Murakami’s birthday and what better way to celebrate it here than to choose this reading quote from him. Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite authors. I discovered him only last year and I read a total of 5 books from him. I started with his memoir: “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”.
If you haven’t heard yet, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will available in English in August 2014. When I read about it last year, I posted this in the Haruki Murakami Fans Goodreads Group. I can imagine that a lot of people are pretty excited about it. Meanwhile, the German translation is already available and you can take a peek of its cover here. I’ve been a follower of Haruki Murakami Stuff: A Murakami Fan Blog for a while now. They’re got interesting stuff about the author himself and books he wrote. I especially love the photos of different book covers from different countries.
Have you read any of Haruki Murakami’s books? Are you looking forward to reading his new book?
January 13, 2014 at 1:28 am
Gosh. He’s 65. He looks so much younger in his photos. All that running I guess :)
I have a huge backlog of his books to read, so I”ll probably pick some of his older books this year instead of jumping into his newest right away. I also need to be in a particular mind space to enjoy his books.
January 13, 2014 at 7:09 am
Yes! He looks so young. Have you seen his recent photo in a recent interview? It must be… It must be the running! ;) (Which reminds me I better do some running soon).
I have to agree with you about having a particular mind space when reading his books. I have not listed any books from him to read this year (having read 5 books from him last year, I think I should take a break – maybe not) but I hope you get to read some soon :)
January 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Yeah, I am planning to kickstart my running again too. Definitely his photo is giving me a kick in the pants to get started :)
January 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm
That’s great, Nish! As for me, I have to work on motivation and inspiration (lazy runner me talking) haha
January 13, 2014 at 7:42 am
Oh, you’re a fellow Murakami fan! My favorite is still The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Last year, we read 1Q84 in the book club, and the read-along made the reading experience so much fun! Murakami is always ripe for discussion!
January 13, 2014 at 7:44 am
I haven’t read that book but I read 1Q84 last year ;) I read it alone (boo!) haha I agree! When we talk about Murakami, discussions almost never end ;) Thanks for the visit ;)
January 13, 2014 at 9:34 am
I love what you do with your graphics on your blog. I never even thought who said that quote before. You know the quotes that I don’t find directly from books I never think who created them. I would love to read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running one day.
January 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Adriana, thank you so much. That’s very kind of you. I’ve seen this quote before (I think in tumblr) and I totally agree with it. I hope you get to read it someday! :)
January 14, 2014 at 2:29 am
Huge Murakami fan, came to him through his short stories. Reading him I always get this feeling: “If he’s this good in translation, ( a notorious killer of poetic lines) how amazing must the original Japanese be??”
January 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Indeed! Sometimes I wish I can speak and read Japanese so I can bypass the translations. I haven’t read any of his short stories. Although I plan to read Samsa In Love soon. I bookmarked it somewhere…
January 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm
Came out in “The New Yorker” not too long ago, right? Between “The Elephant Vanishes” and “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,” you get about 40 great shorts.
January 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm
Yap! I remember now. Yes, from The New Yorker. I’ll be adding those to my TBR list. Thanks so much :)