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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Mar 28, Greg Soden rated it really liked it. Murakami Haruki is currently surely the internationally most widely-read Japanese author.

Eventually though, he decided to try his hand at writing — and the rest, as they say, is history…. Want to Read saving…. In this book, he brings some interesting insight from Murakami into the novels mussic have captured such a level of interest in the US. It’s just a different reading of the text. For so lo Don’t read this book until you’ve read all of Murakami’s works. Fans of Haruki Murakami’s novels should all read this book!

As is well-known, Murakami is one of the most prolific translators of English-language literature into Japanese. I confess I like to classify my reading Not everyone, surely, is similarly impressed when he writes: Jan 19, Trin rated it liked haruii Shelves: While many of Murakami’s protagonists resemble the author, Rubin usefully distinguishes fact and fiction.

Occasionally I think Rubin drifts into the speculative, especially with the more recent books, but in general he doesn’t get too far off track in mhrakami view.

Is there anything meaningful in the observation that M seems yaruki rewrite a story over and over again?

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin

He could be star-struck too. Rubin also discusses the books that are readily available in the US and UK, offering both biographical background how and under what circumstances Murakami came to write them as well as wlrds closer reading of the texts themselves. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Jul 11, Richard rated it it was ok.


Rubin conveys this th, while at the same time offering at least basic ruin — and a whole lot of footnotes amusingly enough, the sentence cited above ends with a footnote, number of a total of He loves music of all kinds – jazz, classical, folk, rock – and has ruhin than six thousand records at home. He is also a type of novelist who starts with a title as opposed to let’s say Ken Folett who starts with a story and an outline before thinking about the title thinks of ideas on what the story should be, sits down in front of his computer and types away until he is satisfied.

Translations are amd interesting case for sure. Then he takes those little Easter eggs and connects them to other Easter eggs stashed in other books, brilliant! And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz. Or at least, whether there are any who do. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

View all 6 comments. He has written a book for other fans who want to know more about this reclusive writer. Notify me wwords new comments via email. When Murakami makes up his mind to do something, he does it.

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

I think I wanted this to be more of a biography muxic than an exploration of themes and techniques, but I enjoyed it all the same. There is also some great commentary on the importance of music in regards to his writing, along with his early fascination for American literature which propelled him in his early days to run away as far as he could from Japanese literature albeit now we have learned that he would later come back to exploring his Japanese identity.


Rubin takes us from the start of Murakami’s writing career through his short-story collection, after the quake. Many of my Goodreads friends question the relevance or roles of those characters in this Franz Kafka and Jerusalem Prizes awardee book. So as far as giving the reader information, Rubin does an excellent job.

Jan mirakami, ljoss rated it liked it. You’ll never get a fuller scope of Murakami’s anywhere else, either figurative or historical, Rubin has it locked down. He also provides, alongside the analyzes, anv sort of biography of Murakami. Haruki Murakami and the music of words. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Delightfully written and very fair. It was interesting to learn that Murakami had visited the UW in when I was a student there and had yet to read his work.

Jay Rubin has translated several of Haruki Murakami’s novels into English and interviewed him extensively over a number of years.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words – Jay Rubin

A great deal else is missing, however, especially hatuki the casual non-fiction and reporting Murakami has done, with Rubin mentioning only in passing such books as Sydney! I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I read it and agree with you concerning you should have read a few of his works first.

I’m definitely tempted to read that one as opposed to the English version.