You Know You’re Reading a Haruki Murakami Novel When…

You Know You’re Reading a Haruki Murakami Novel When…

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Haruki Murakami has become a household name for book fiends across the globe. Outside of Japan, his novels have been translated into roughly fifty different languages and have sold millions upon millions of copies the world over. Murakami is a man of varied tastes and interests, but it is almost too easy to spot telltale signs of his style once you become familiar with his writing. Some of these clues are:   1. Cats   Image Via Goodreads   In a Murakami novel you can almost guarantee that a cat will make an appearance, and will help guide the protagonist in some way, shape, or …

Women Occupy Top Literary Fiction Spots in 2017!

Women Occupy Top Literary Fiction Spots in 2017!

Despite women writers’ strong performance in literary fiction, they take up less than half of the slots in The Bookseller’s overall UK top fifty bestselling authors of 2017. The list is made up of an eclectic mix of genres including thriller authors Lee Child and James Patterson; Chef Jamie Oliver; health guru Joe Wicks; and children’s writers Jeff Kinney and Philip Pullman.   While there is still an imbalance between male and female authors submitting to major literary prizes, this year the UK top ten bestselling authors of literary fiction features only one male writer. Margaret Atwood has secured the number one spot as the bestselling literary …

6 Authors to Check out If You Need More Haruki Murakami

6 Authors to Check out If You Need More Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami can be summed up in a million different ways. There are so many different ways to characterize him that he essentially eschews characterization. Boiling Murakami’s writing down to one set of traits is pointless. He’s surrealistic even when there is nothing surreal happening. He’s equal parts vicious and gentle. He’s descriptive but uses simple words. He’s poetic without being wordy. He always manages to do two things at once.   Here are the writers you should be reading if you like Murakami. Not because they are Murakami 2.0, but because they share some undefinable link. There’s some strand …

Top 10 Haruki Murakami Quotes to Keep in Your Head

Top 10 Haruki Murakami Quotes to Keep in Your Head

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Haruki Murakami is known for his frequently bizarre, often dreamy, and always personal prose. He writes in a way that makes you think they’re not his words, but yours. It’s as if the words on the page are just thoughts that occur to you rather than ones given to you. He writes with simplicity using words anybody can understand, but he’s still deep. He’s just judicious with his word choice.   Here are some of the most memorable, touching, or just generally thoughtful lines Murakami’s penned. Keep them in your head.   1. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. 2. …

Find Out What These 10 Authors Looked Like When They Were Young

Find Out What These 10 Authors Looked Like When They Were Young

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Whenever an aspiring novelist hears how young other writers were when they got their first book published, it’s not good. It’s not a good feeling. It doesn’t feel unlike someone threatening your dog. You feel a bodily disdain for said author. Mary Shelley was how young when she wrote freaking Frankenstein!? (She was eighteen.) Disgusting.   But, as is typical when hatred is involved, putting faces to names helps. Seeing an author’s young little mug makes you feel things for them. You can imagine how excited they must have felt when an agent finally okayed their desperate query letter. They …