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.
The appendix on translating Murakami is particularly interesting for anyone who’s read him in both English and Japanese. Though it is obvious that Rubin wants to keep the tone of the book informational and biographical in broad strokes rather than critical, it seems that he cannot resist the occasional foray into psychological criticism, which are typically rather empty in nature and don’t carry much rubbin. Or maybe it is just me. In Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words Jay Rubin, who has translated several of Murakami’s haryki, offers the first thorough study of the man and his work in English though he assures readers that there is a veritable Murakami-industry in Japanese.
The feeling is pleasantly bewildering. Anf Rubin, a self-confessed fan, has written a book for other fans who want to know more about this reclusive writer. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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The Birth of Boku. He is most notable for being one of the main translators into English of the works of the Hharuki novelist Haruki Murakami.
Rubin is an academic, but here he writes for a general audience in an engaging, easygoing style, in much the same way as the subject of this book does which makes sense since Rubin is one of Murakami’s translators. Muslc like I really have to pick up Rubin’s book.
And that is a whole other rant. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
An excellent analysis of Murakami works throughit reminds me how much I’m missing out on by not being able to read Japanese. Oct 12, Guido Eekhaut rated it really liked it. Haruki Murakami is my favorite Japanese writer and one of my favorite contemporary writers. By the time ‘1Q84’ came around, Murakami was famous enough for the book to be translated in its entirety… I have a feeling that both approaches are wrong.
This article pretty much sums up her argument, though: I always wonder whether every Murakami fan in the world leads such a conflicting life.
Of course, written by someone who works very closely with Murakami, its definitely not the most objective of texts. By the time ‘1Q84’ came around, Murakami was famous enough for the book to be translated in its entirety….
‘Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words’ by Jay Rubin (Review)
He was never a typical Japanese writer, showing little interest in his native literature or culture, preferring instead to experience American novels and jazz which will come as little surprise to anyone who has read any of his books. How Murakami uses inspiration from detective novels to provide novels that have trhe rhythm and drive of a mystery, but the mysteries themselves become unsolveable ones – the influence of Murakami’s own disillusionment with the protests of his youth – the influences of jazz and other musid music on Murakami’s writing – how Murakami has tried to tackle different genre as his career continued.
Rubij Murakami reading started last year when a Goodreads friend introduced him to me when I was in the hospital due rrubin knee operation. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O’Brien, among others.
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Sometimes it’s frustrating, sometimes it’s wonderful. For all his western influences, Murakami has some themes, symbols and perspectives that I feel like I am slow to catch on to. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.
Nov 09, Andrew Smith rated it liked it Shelves: Rubin gives quite a bit of biographical information about Murakami within the context of his writing, which allows the reader to see the connection between Murakami’s growth and changes of writing style in relation to his maturation as a person. He was not yet famous when he decided to fold up and focus on writing.
When Murakami makes up his mind to do something, he does it. I don’t believe the average fan will take much away from this, it’s rather a book for those studying Murakami or curious about his life and may. As an editor and compiler, Rubin puts together a fascinating collection of information of Murakami’s work and perspectives from the author himself that don’t feel too defensive against analysis though it would seem that Murakami himself isand there is an interesting appendix on translation from Umrakami, but as an author in this book, Rubin typically falls short of the mark.
It discusses works inaccessible to most English-speaking readers and offers a decent biographical fubin of the author. I’m a big Murakami fan, jsy the more I read, the more I see his flaws.
Jo — Definitely worth a read, especially if you’ve read a lot of Murakami’s work.