Haruki Murakami

Hear the Wind Sing

Savā debijas romānā Haruki Murakami jau ir tas pats Haruki Murakami, kuru vēlāk iemīlējuši miljoni grāmatu lasītāju visapkārt pasaulei.
2007-07-10 00:00:00
book, 1979

Pinball, 1973

Romāns par pinbolu bija viens no pirmajiem Murakami darbiem, ar kuriem es iepazinos, taču kaut kāda iemesla dēļ mūsu iepriekšējā iepazīšanās sanāca sasteigta un nepabeigta, līdz ar to šī lasīšanas reize bija pirmā tāda, kurā sasniedzu romāna beigas.
2007-07-06 00:00:00
book, 1980

A Wild Sheep Chase

If there is one thing in myself I particulary dislike (apart from spots on the face and my general nerdiness) it`s my perfect ability to disagree with every opinion. You just have to say "black!" and I`ll instantely reply "white!". And if you`ll say "white!" I`ll be left with no other option but to say "black!" The most typical case is following: someone highly praises some thing that I should read/watch/hear and I come to the inner conclusion that I must dislike it. Lately I`ve been trying to battle this sort of "being original" inside me but it doesn`t always work. After this introduction I must say that I was informed that "A Wild Sheep Chase" is a very good novel. Having already been acquainted with some other Murakami`s works I wasn`t particulary sure whether to believe it or not. There were some books of his I liked and others I didn`t. But this one about sheep proved to be the best one I`ve read this far. The story is about a man who seems to be an average Japanese fellow with his 30th birthday fast approaching. His wife has left him and he isn`t particulary fond of his job although it`s not bad at all. But everything changes for him when he meets a woman with ears of a perfect form. Still it`s not about the ears but about a sheep that`s using men for its goals. And the hero of the novel has to find this sheep within a month or bad things will happen. The only clue he has is a photo sent to him by a friend of his called the Rat (who I am already familiar with from some other Murakami`s early novels). In the end the story proves to be about what one can take and what he can`t and the ending is quite an emotional one. This is one of the few books with a very high "wov!" factor. I don`t know whether everyone would love it but I certainly do.
2005-12-06 00:00:00
book, 1982

Hard-boiled Wonderland/End of the World

First thing to mention - it`s one novel and not two novels, although it may seem that they are completely different. Every second chapter in the book comes from the first novel and every other - from the second. Wait, I said that there was only one novel. It`s not that easy to tell not only because of the structure but much more because of the content. On the first glance they seem to have nothing in commong - Wonderland is about a dude who works for the government in the area of untraditional cryptography while the other one tells about a man who arrives in a city that can`t be left. Lots of stuff happens in Wonderland while nothing happens at the end of the world. Unicorns, jazz and rock`n`roll, sex with a librarian and no sex with a granddaughter of a scientist, strange creatures living in the underground, old dreams, a man separated from his shadow, more unicorns, an old colonel who plays chess, crackers and much more can be found in the book. Not to be read by a person that has no interest in music, classics of the cinema and mysterical nonsense. Very good, Simon says. Not for everybody though.
2004-05-25 00:00:00
book, 1985

Norwegian Wood

I guess not without a reason I consider myself quite a fan of Mr. Murakami`s writing style which bears very little from his Japanese culture and very much from everything else. As I read on the back cover of this book this novel was the one that brought Mr. Murakami recognision of the world. To be honest, I don`t agree with the world in that case. Vanatabe remembers the days of his youth, the time he knew Naoko. She was once the girlfriend of his very best friend, but after the friend died he sorta got the girlfriend from him. After they had sex the first and only time Naoko went to a rehabilitation hospital because her mind wasn`t quite right. Meanwhile Vanatabe met Midori - a completely perverse girl - at the university where he studied. They also had something like a relationship. Later on Vanatabe visited Naoko at the place of her curing and met Reyko - her roommate, another weird person. In the end Naoko died but Vanatabe couldn`t manage to stay together with Midori. After having read this do you know why I didn`t like the book? I don`t think so, because I didn`t mention it yet. The book is too "erotic" - description of genitalia, masturbation, oral sex, many different sex scenes, a woman of 31 getting wet when touched in her private parts by a girl of 13 - you name it. And I, despite being quite edgy sometimes on the outside, don`t like something like this in a book. I gotta admit that things like these can`t make a good book become a bad one. But if life is really like this I don`t have too much sympathy for life. At least the ending where Vanatabe and Reyko spend a night together just so she can "have practice" - damn is that imho nasty. (I still don`t rate this book particulary low because if Murakami hadn`t gone into details of love-making the book would be quite good)
2004-11-27 00:00:00
book, 1987

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Nekad un nekādos apstākļos neuzticies vāciešiem! Šādai maksimai būtu vērts sekot, lai izvairītos no tādiem pārpratumiem, kā man sanāca ar šo Murakami romānu. Biju bibliotēkā, ievēroju, ka tur vāciski pieejams man nezināms Murakami romāns ar nosaukumu "Gefaerlich Geliebte" jeb "Bīstamā mīļotā". Domāju - wow! - kurā nez brīdī viņam tāds iznācis, ka neesmu neko par šo grāmatu dzirdējis? Paņēmu šo grāmatu. Jau mājās gribēju noskaidrot, kad tieši šis romāns izdots, un atklājās, ka tas nav nekāds jauns romāns, bet gan jau lasītais "Uz dienvidiem no robežas, uz rietumiem no saules", ar kuru patiesībā arī sākās mana pazīšanās ar Murakami, turklāt vēl vācieši kā īsti sliņķi tulkojumu taisījuši no angliskā tulkojuma, nevis no japāniskā oriģināla.
2009-05-18 09:55:22
book, 1992

The Elephant Vanishes

Šo Murakami stāstu krājumu aizņēmos no N.R., kurš ir kļuvis par, iespējams, lielāku šī japāņu autora cienītāju nekā es jebkad esmu bijis (un te varu pat justies "kruts" - kā nekā "Aitas medīšanas piedzīvojumus" viņam uzdāvinājām mēs ar Lienču).
2007-06-17 00:00:00
book, 1993

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Lai gan man patīk strīdēties, vienu faktu es neapstrīdēšu - Haruki Murakami ir ģēnijs. Tāpat viņš ir vienīgais japāņu rakstnieks, kuram ir pa īstam izdevies mani aizkustināt. Nav gan arī tā, ka es šausmīgi daudz būtu šīs valsts literatūrā iedziļinājies, bet Murakami manā iedomātajā zelta grāmatu plauktā pelnīti ieņem vienu no centrālajām vietām līdzās Umberto Eko, Milanam Kunderam, Kurtam Vonnegūtam, Frīdriham Dirrenmatam, Maksam Frišam, Ērikam Emanuēlam Šmitam, Viktoram Peļevinam un... laikam tas arī ir viss.
2007-07-06 00:00:00
book, 1995

Sputnik Sweetheart

Weird. I was absolutely sure this was already on the factoid but here I look and it just isn`t there. Strange. Anyhow "Sputnik Sweetheart" may have a perfect title but it`s not a perfect novel by any means. In fact it`s just a love triangle between a man and two women. Yet the fact is that the man is only sexually interested in one of the women, the other woman has no sexual life whatsoever, while the first woman has found out that she is a lesbian. Since I`m not particulary keen on reading about women desiring making love to one another (ok, that may be good on film... wait a moment, I didn`t say that... I`m not a pervert) "Sputnik Sweetheart" isn`t the book for me. Sugiko (that`s the lesbian one) goes with Meo to Greece and suddenly dissapears after she has told Meo that she wants her. After that the book gets a bit mystical, a thing not too uncommon for Murakami`s novels but it still doesn`t become one of my favourites. First, it offers very little new elements to the ones I`m already familiar with. Second, the content is a bit too sexual with Murakami going a bit too much in detail. It is true that I can tolerate more sexual content on film than I can in a book. I don`t really know why, probably because in a book you usually feel that it`s written by a middle aged person from the viewpoint of a young one, and you don`t get that much on film. Maybe it`s because films rarely dig that deep, they just stay on the surface and if something goes wrong it doesn`t go terribly wrong as it is with books.
2005-05-11 00:00:00
book, 1999

Kafka on the Shore

"Kafka pludmalē" ir vēl viens romāns, kas man kārtējo reizi liek noliekt galvu Haruki Murakami priekšā un atzīt viņu par ģēniju. Romāns ir vienlaikus absolūti svaigs un iepriekš nedzirdētām tēmām caurvīts un 100% Murakamisks - cits rakstnieks tādu nemūžam neuzrakstītu ne uz pusi tik labi.
2008-02-04 15:51:13
book, 2002

After Dark

Redz - esmu izlasījis vēl vienu Haruki Murakami romānu. Un redz - viens no maniem mīļākajiem mūsdienu rakstniekiem joprojām saglabā savu vietu manā sirdī. Un tas mani, protams, tikai priecē.
2009-10-09 20:27:05
book, 2004


Man ir jābūt ļoti piesardzīgam, rakstot par šo grāmatu, jo es neesmu drošs, ka mazie cilvēki neklausās. Tiesa, vēl vakar pārbaudīju - debesīs redzams ir tikai viens mēness, nekāda dīvaina mazāka zaļa pavadoņa tur nebija. Taču šodien uz mēnesi neesmu skatījies, līdz ar to es nevaru būt drošs, ka neesmu pašam nemanāmi nonācis 2Q12.gadā. Nav jau tik vienkārši to ievērot, ja atšķirības starp pasaulēm ir nelielas.
2012-05-03 21:55:02
book, 2011

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami diezgan droši ir uzskatāms par vienu no maniem iecienītākajiem mūsdienu rakstniekiem. Tiesa, kaut kā ir sanācis, ka vēl neesmu izlasījis "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage", bet gan jau līdz gada beigām paspēšu šo izlabot. Un vairums viņa grāmatu manī raisījušas lielāku vai mazāku sajūsmu. Līdz šim gan ļoti maz zināju par to, kāds cilvēks slēpjas aiz mūsdienu populārākā japāņu autora vārda. Un "Par ko es runāju, runādams par skriešanu" ir, cik var saprast, līdz šim brīdim personīgākā Murakami grāmata, tāda, kas ļauj mazliet ieskatīties arī viņa dzīves aizkulisēs.
2015-11-12 05:37:05
book, 2007

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Murakami ar katru jaunu grāmatu necenšas no jauna izgudrot skrituļdēli - viņam ir jau gadu desmitiem nostrādāta formula, uz kuras bāzes top viņa stāsti un romāni, un nekas neliecina, ka autoram būtu vēlme tajā kaut ko radikāli mainīt. Kaut vai tāpēc vien, ka formula strādā gana labi un patiesībā tā ir arī gana elastīga, lai katra nākamā grāmata nebūtu iepriekšējās kopija, bet gan pietiekami individuāla variācija par tēmu. Kāda īsti ir Murakami romāna recepte? Galvenais varonis - intelektuāla darba strādātājs emocionālā krīzē, mazliet maģiskā reālisma, mazliet atsauču uz džezu (vai ne obligāti - bet katrā ziņā mūzikai grāmatā jābūt), mazliet ne gluži normāla seksa, mazliet mistikas. Un neizbēgami - garšai un autentiskumam vismaz kāda šķipsniņa no personīgās biogrāfijas (pēdējo gan iepriekš tik ļoti neizjutu, bet tagad, pēc Par ko es runāju, runādams par skriešanu izlasīšanas šis ir mainījies).
2016-02-23 04:59:14
book, 2014

Men Without Women

Grāmatas ievadā tās autors apgalvo, ka stāstu rakstīšana viņam esot kā atslodze no lielās formas darbiem, un "Vīriešu bez sievietēm" lasīšanas procesā es šim Murakami apgalvojumam varēju piekrist. Tas ir it īpaši tiesa tālab, ka Murakami īsstāstu režīmā necenšas vienmēr savilkt visu beigās kopā vienotā pavedienā, itin brīvi pieiet stāstu nobeigumam un reizēm arī to struktūrai. Stāstu krājuma koncepts gan ir diezgan stingrs un sakarīgs, kā pats autors apgalvo, tas ir kā konceptalbums, bet vienlaikus konceptalbums - tas tomēr ir daudz vienkāršāk nekā simfonija.
2019-01-12 05:59:26
book, 2017