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Bubbling enthuisam on Murakami's work
on 14 April 2007
If you're a definite Murakami fan, and would like to delve into his books a little more, this is a great buy. It's not really meant to be a biography as much as an examination of Murakami's stories and their background, as well as the ways in which they've developed over his career, starting from his earliest and working up to The Wind Up Bird chronicle and beyond.
It looks at Murakami's writing style and some of the themes that crop up in his books, but it's very accessible and enjoyable, so please don't be put off or think that this is just for students. Jay Rubin's enthusiasm and knowledge really make the book, and although it might not lead you to read Murakami in a whole new light, it does put a fresh spin on his stories. You might just find yourself heading off to the bookshelf to dig out some old favourites.