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Pinball, has ratings and reviews. Ahmad said: Sen-Kyūhyaku- Nanajū-San-Nen no Pinbōru = Pinball, (The Rat #2), Haruki. Wind/Pinball has ratings and reviews. Darwin8u Wind/Pinball collects Haruki Murakami’s first two novels, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Pinball, by Murakami Haruki.

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Not since reading Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum has a novel captured me in pinbxll a way. A lot of description goes on in the book and a cigarette or 2 is lit up on each of the odd pages of the book. How does he react to his financial success? Although I read it this year, I couldn’t remember what it was about, so I had to check Wikipedia before starting this. The author in bed with the twins, two identical identical twins.

Murakami is the Man! It’s just a notebook with a line drawn down the middle. Oinball years after the second of these was published, A Wild Sheep Chase brought him to the major leagues. On any given day, something claims our atte ntion.

The book left me sad, more of a vague heartache, a sense of not belonging, a distant kind of gloom;of being in t The Rat Trilogy gets even better with the second book. So, mugakami Murakami had not won the very first literary contest he had ever entered, the only copy of his novel would have been lost, and by his own admission: The facts of this story, like the preparations surrounding any stage illusion, are very specific.

The climactic scene of Pinball is possibly the best bit of the two books I found Pinball overall much better than Wind – evidence maybe of Murakami maturing as a writer very hwruki partly because of the way it plays out and partly because of the way it could have played out which you can’t help thinking about – what if Murakami had let the key decision go the other way and then given free rein to the imagination we see at play in later books?


Feb 01, natalie rated it really liked it. And I was going to become a novelist who would enjoy some degree of success. I do note a beautiful, mournful note in this book.

They will probably delight in encountering, within the novellas, seeds in the germination phase of some of. Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse ‘Peter Cat’ which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While he got over his pinball obsession, the narrator is drawn back to it to some extent inneeding resolution in finding the old machine he played on, or at least the game that he was obsessed by. It feels a bit directionless and floats around in a dreamlike way, but I enjoyed the dream.

What effect does it have on the reader? What harukk do class and status play in these novels?

murakamo I seek out everything they’ve written and buy it all up. But at the same time, they contain clear traits and similarities to some of Murakami’s future novels which turned out to become widely popular.

View all 14 comments. I saved it from oblivion. Books by Haruki Murakami. These are far from the full scale of surreality Murakami often uses, but still enough in number and skilfully incorporated as to create a general quality of bizarrity or weirdness — prominent enough to get noticed, but not too overwhelming. Very few writers pinbalk an origin story as mysterious or compelling as Murakami.

It’s short, fast-paced, and nostalgic.

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

What you’ve been missing, the happiest and saddest moment. Much of Pinball, is an attempt to address pinvall reconcile these seeming extremes: And I would carry those lights in the mugakami interval before death grabbed me and tossed me back into the crucible of nothingness. He encounters a woman, too drunk to drive and makes sure she gets home safely. I almost gave up and shelved it indefinitely.


One thing that strikes me in these two novellas is the lack of machismo in Murakami’s male characters. What common traits do they share? Hey, th I took a long look at my reflection in the window.

This is certainly a worthwhile read for anyone interested in understanding the development of Murakami’s body of work. The characters are few, and it adds to the sense of belonging with them. Both Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, feature moments of extreme malaise from its protagonists. On his way home from the stadium, Murakami purchased some writing supplies, and, that very night, he began work on his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing.

I wouldn’t recommend this as a good entry point if you’ve never read any of his other writing, but I’d definitely recommend it to established fans. Pinball, by Murakami Haruki. For that to happen, both writer and reader must choose to embrace the illusion murakammi.

Not murajami straight forward as the first book, but still retaining the same simplicity. Yet memories remained, warm memories that remained with me like light from the past.

I know the situation may be no different wherever I go.