Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013
It's back! A couple of people asked me if I was going to revive the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge this year, so for those of you with an ear fetish, a love of cats, or simply a fondness for the surreal, I do hope you'll join us. As always, it's very flexible and you can participate by reading just one book by Haruki Murakami this year, and even if you're new to Murakami, what better way to give one of his books a try? If you'd like to sign up for the challenge, just click through to the dedicated blog and add your name to the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013 Sign-up Post.
For myself, I think this year I'd like to focus on the books that I haven't read yet:
South of the Border, West of the Sun, a kind of love story. From the Times Literary Supplement blurb on the back it is "memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love".
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, a collection of short stories which apparently include, among other things, "animated cows, a criminal monkey, an ice man, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for".
And What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, a memoir in which Murakami, an avid runner, "reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and his writing".
For some time now I've also been wanting to re-read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, a kind of "Kafkaesque science fiction detective story", so maybe I'll try to fit that in sometime this year as well.
If you'd like to read along with me for any of these, please let me know!
So, what do you say? Will you be reading anything by Murakami this year?
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