February 03, 2016

Book Review Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami

Book Review

Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami

Author: Haruki Murakami 

Translated by: Ted Goossen

Publisher: Harvill Secker, London 2015

ISBN: 978 184 655 Pages: 311

Two short linked novels in one book

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Hear the Wind Sing is Haruki Murakami’s first novel followed up with a linked novel Pinball, 1973. You get both stories in the one book. The introduction is written my Murakami who explains his early career running a coffee shop and how he started writing and the steps he took to write his first novel.

Hear the Wind Sing shares life in Kobe, hotel swimming pools, local bar owned by J, the Rat, meeting girls, routines one acquires and the meaning of life. You get a sneak peek into the beginning of his writing style.

Pinball, 1973 is a continuation of the characters and themes from Hear the Wind Sing. We get closer to the Rat, J and learn about Pinball machines, running a translation business, living with twin girls, switch plates and the complexities of friendships and relationships. Pinball shows a more detailed storyline, the characters are fuller and there are more interwoven themes.

A great little book that will provide insights into the authors beginning and shares two interesting stories with shared themes

Book Review

Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami

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