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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I feel that may be true of his first novel, but is also somewhat disingenuous as his work seems to always at ‘least’ be about the individual trying to find his place in this world of rubinn, a theme of many writers.

For Murakami fans at least, this book shoud add quite a bit of depth. Every comment left on my blog helps a fairy wodds its wings, so please be generous – do it for the fairies.

He reveals the autobiographical elements in Murakami’s fiction, and explains how he developed a distinctive new style in Japanese writing. Refresh and try again. The complete review ‘s Review:.

Or at least, rubij there are any who do. But this sounds a little confusing and also translating a translation feels overdone. 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 a closer reading of the texts themselves.

I’m also curious about the less positive claims about Rubin himself. The Birth of Boku.

Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words – Jay Rubin

Notify me of new posts via email. Eventually though, he decided to try his hand at writing — and the rest, as they say, is history…. The more I hear, the more I want to pick up Rubin’s book early. As is well-known, Murakami is one of the most prolific translators of English-language literature into Japanese. I have read six Murakamis, currently plowing my way through 1Q Want to Read saving….


Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

I have a falling out with Murakami. A lot of this is spot on, as evidenced by interviews, quotes from M’s lectures and written exchanges between M and his fans on his website quite extensive t one point apparently. Sounds like I really have to pick up Rubin’s book. This, as well as a small treatise on the Boku-narrative Murakami uses in Japanese, one that is far more informal than the usual first-person narratives of Japanese literature and also a good explanation for the central mystery of my attraction for Murakami’s novels, that the narrators always seemed to be the same person, and in fact are, to an extentmakes this book well worth purchasing and exploring mhrakami you have any interest in Murakami’s writing.

I hardly know anything about Murakami’s life, but this seems like a good place to start. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. When is anything Murakami-related ever remotely objective? Eubin the time ‘1Q84’ came around, Murakami was famous enough for the book to be translated in its entirety…. 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 thr 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.

For example, in this book, he explained about the many fascinating loose ends in Kafka on the Shore like the appearance of Johnny Walker and Colonel Sanders. Murakami says his style first developed because he wanted to write but had nothing to say.

That’s actually one of the reasons I read a ton of Goodreads reviews here. In tracing Murakami’s career, he uses interviews he conducted with the author between andand draws on insights and observations gathered from over ten years of collaborating with Murakami on translations of his works.

Norwegian Woodmeanwhile, was translated twice — by Alfred Birnbaum in murakmai another Kodansha edition distributed only in Japan, and by Jay Rubin in And when he writes, his words have a music all their own, much of it learned from jazz.

There are plenty of great reviews for this book so I don’t have anything to add there — I just wanted to point out one part of Rubin’s narrative that was, to me, the most hilarious thing I’ve read all year.


Murakami’s stays murxkami, his friendships including encounters with Raymond Carver and John Irving, both of whose work he translatedthe difficulties of living with his sort of success in Japan, and personal quirks including practically never appearing on television are all mentioned in an engaging, casual occasionally too much so overview.

‘Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words’ by Jay Rubin (Review) – Tony’s Reading List

A gift like that is, I think, elusive and ineffable. Published January 6th by Vintage first published Rubinn 27th Return to Book Page. This site uses cookies.

No eBook available Amazon. Jay Rubin, Murakami’s translator, elaborates on Murakami’s entire career. Trivia About Haruki Murakami a Nov 09, Andrew Smith rated it liked it Shelves: As it also provides short summaries of those, I also got to review and appreciate those more. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Translations are an interesting case for sure.

Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe Jay Rubin is doing a Murakami too. Despite the fact that a considerable number of his works have been translated into English — and that he lived in the US for several years — relatively little is known about the man behind the books in the English-speaking world.

Jzy fiercely defended Murakami’s omniscient position as an author and willingly accepted Murakami’s trademark illogical plot lines. Paperbackpages. He reveals the autobiographical elements in Murakami’s fiction, and explains how he developed a distinctive new style in Japanese writing. We follow Murakami through his less-than-stellar school days and his riot-interrupted time at university, finding out about his early marriage and his years running a jazz club along the way.