Haruki Murakami is the bestselling Japanese writer. He’s been writing since 1979. Of course, I had heard of him before, but I only read him for the first time a few weeks ago. The book I read was a short one on running called “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”, which was really a memoir. It revealed him to be an honest, frank and direct writer.
That book was my gateway drug into his fiction, and I’ve started to read his 1,328 page 3-volume novel “1Q84”. Supposedly not the easiest Murakami to start with, I’m loving it. It revolves around two characters called Aomame (seemingly a female assassin)and Tengo (a struggling writer)and is set in 1984. Strange things have started to happen, which suggest we’re not quite sure what we’re reading is the real world or not. That’s as far as I have got. Here are some lines I like from the book:
“I know you’ve got something inside you that you need to write about, but you can’t get it to come out. It’s like a frightened little animal hiding way back in a cave – you know it’s in there, but there’s no way to catch it until it comes out. Which is why I keep telling you, just give it time.”
“Aomame could not help feel sorry for the plant. If she were reincarnated, let her not be reborn as such a miserable rubber plant.”
“America was pushing Japan to open its financial markets. Morgan Stanley and Merril Lynch were lighting fires under the government in search of new sources of profits.”
“Tengo, do you know what the biggest difference is between talent and gut instinct?…You can have tons of talent, but it won’t necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, though, you’ll never go hungry.”