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Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels (Paperback)
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Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 03/05/2016
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'If you're the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly. That's who I am.' Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers. Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099590392
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Edition: Combined volume


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Murakami fans will no doubt delight in this new publication. For newcomers, these early works are an excellent introduction to a writer who has since become one of the most influential novelists of his generation" -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer *
"Murakami's way of making emotionally resonant images and symbols bump around on the page, and in one's mind, remains fresh, miraculously, more than 35 years on" -- Jerome Boyd Maunsell * Evening Standard *
"Wind/Pinball is a fresh, heart-warming dose of the Japanese master" * Economist *
"To read a Murakami book is to feel comforted by the familiarity and predictability of its strangeness. These are Murakami's two earliest novels and so, like archaeological artefacts, they detail the early construction of his now-famous style." -- Claire Kohda Hazelton * The Times Literary Supplement *
"quintessential Murakami... an excellent introduction to a writer who has since become one of the most influential novelists of his generation" -- Guardian * Hannah Beckerman *

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“Murakami's first two novels rewritten together for the first time.”

Ever since I read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, I have been hooked on practically everything Murakami writes.
I would never be able to whittle down exactly my favourite Murakami novel, as with each and every... More

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“Fantastic”

I actually read wild sheep chase before this, so then brought this and the final book of the series dance dance dance , and started all over again.
Murakami really draws in you, you feel involved , a part of the story... More

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