Haruki Murakami is no new name in the arena of reading public. A renowned and a prolific figure, for producing exceptional and unmatched magical yet idealistic fiction, each of his works seem to explore the inner and the absolute essence of human identity. Although Murakami has Japanese origin, but he and his works belong to the entire globe. Posing typical questions on simple issues like happiness, success, individual self, Murakami’s books simply cannot be missed at any cost, at least by the ardent bookworms.
Unmissable Murakami’s books
Helping to awaken the essential submerged and suppressed human soul, Murakami has gone a long way for being successful with the help of his penned publications. Thus, to give you a mini glimpse on his inner thoughts, here are listed some of the best, must-read Haruki Murakami’s books.
The release of Norwegian Wood in 1987, in his own homeland Japan, made it certain that Murakami needs to meet a long road of constant success. Revolving around Toru Watanabe’s, the narrator’s, moving story, set in the backdrop of the late 60’s Tokyo, the novel proved to be a huge hit, especially among the students of the that time. Murakami has perfectly sketched the life of Toru Watanabe by reflecting his sexuality as well as his student years that he shared with two different women, Naoko and Midori. By adding adolescent sentimentalism along with giving a realistic look on their perspectives, the novel surpasses excellence.
A crisp yet superbly presented, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World has been often considered as one of the greatest productions of Murakami. The novel’s dual narratives vividly portray Tokyo’s futuristic mean streets, reflecting harsh real world. On the other hand, Murakami also shows the expected a complete new world of idealism, a Town like form, which has its own massive yet perfect wall. The climax occurs when the hero finally needs to choose between these two different worlds.
Being Murakami’s first grab of a great international success, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle takes the reader to an unconventional world where he or she foresees a disintegrating marriage along with having a detective story, revealing some of the secrets of the infamous Second World War. The amazing piece of work revealed Murakami’s magical realism. This extraordinary piece of art, also provides the readers a journey, where he or she will see the merging of truth, dreams, fiction and reality, all at once. The plot and the author’s presentation is bound to make the readers mesmerized.
Going a step further to continue the magical world, Kafka on the Shore represents a more metaphysical world. This book reflects a classic plot where two stories of two people are presented. While on one hand, Kafka Tamura continues his search for his mother and his sister, the aged Nataka is seen to have survived and lived the horrors of one of the most infamous atomic bomb attacks. For providing a more fantastic version, Murakami has also introduced talking cats and fishes in the novel, which fall out during rain showers.
With this book, Murakami takes the risky venture of talking about religious groups. Set in Tokyo, in 1984, this book lets you reveal the pages where it tells the story of Tengo as well as Aomame. Moving over a central plot, this book provides an insight between religious as well as political conflicts along with of course, like most of the Murakami’s novels, reflecting the individual’s inner soul.
While presenting a typical Japanese culture, Haruki Murakami presents real issues faced by any human soul in all of these above books along with his other sets. Using lucid yet transcendental ideas, Murakami has undoubtedly presented an unconceivable set of ideas. Not just for the passionate bookworms but also for the common laymen, missing each of these books can be quite a regretful idea.