Best books of Haruki Murakami in philosophy

Philosophy is a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behavior. Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His work has been translated into many other international languages outside his native country. His books give a great impact on the readers leaving them very impressive. His books are always influences people in a positive manner. Some mentioned here are the best books to read. You can share your views about Murakami books in the comment section below.

Best books of Haruki Murakami
Must read books of Murakami

Top 2 best books of Haruki Murakami in philosophy

The global one writer Murakami writings concern humanity. My own favorites are chosen on a “gut” level; I liked these works because they awakened something in me as a reader, spoke to me about things that were already going on my mind, maybe only subconsciously. Some are powerfully entertaining, others just powerful. All seem to connect to an enduring thematic thread of identity, its construction and its preservation.

Here are the best books of Haruki Murakami –

  1. Norwegian Wood
  2. Kafka on the Shore

NORWEGIAN WOOD

“I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it—to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more.

TITLE: It is the standard Japanese translation of the beatles song “Norwegian Wood”. This song is often described in the novel, and is the favorite song of the character Naoko.

CHARACTERS:

  1. Toru Watanabe: The narrator
  2. Naoko: Emotionally fragile woman who was Kizuki’s girlfriend.
  3. Midori Kobayashi: A provocative classmate of Watanabe.
  4. Reiko Ishida:A patient of the mountain asylum to which Naoko retreats.
  5. Kizuki: Watanabe’s best friend in high school
  6. Nagasawa: A diplomacy student at the elite University of Tokyo whose friendship with Watanabe is kindled over 
  7. Hatsumi: The long-suffering girlfriend of Nagasawa. 
  8. Storm Trooper: Watanabe’s dormitory roommate who is obsessed with cleanliness

PLOT SYNOPSIS:

A 37-year-old Toru Watanabe has just arrived in HamburgGermany. When he hears an orchestral cover of the Beatles’ song “Norwegian Wood“, he is suddenly overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia. He thinks back to the 1960s, when so much happened that touched his life.

Watanabe, his classmate Kizuki, and Kizuki’s girlfriend Naoko are the best of friends. Kizuki and Naoko are particularly close and feel as if they are soulmates, and Watanabe seems more than happy to be their enforcer. This idyllic existence is shattered by the unexpected suicide of Kizuki on his 17th birthday. Kizuki’s death deeply touches both surviving friends; Watanabe feels the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost. The two of them spend more and more time together going for long walks on Sundays, although feelings for each other are never clarified in this interval. On the night of Naoko’s 20th birthday, she feels especially vulnerable and they have sex, during which Watanabe realizes that she is a virgin. Afterwards, Naoko leaves Watanabe a letter saying that she needs some time apart and is quitting college to go to a sanatorium.

These events are set against a backdrop of civil unrest. The students at Watanabe’s college go on strike and call for a revolution. Inexplicably, the students end their strike and act as if nothing had happened, which enrages Watanabe as a sign of hypocrisy.

Watanabe is befriended by a fellow drama classmate, Midori Kobayashi. She is everything that Naoko is not—outgoing, vivacious, and supremely self-confident. Despite his love for Naoko, Watanabe finds himself attracted to Midori as well. Midori reciprocates his feelings, and their friendship grows during Naoko’s absence.

Watanabe visits Naoko at her secluded mountain sanatorium near Kyoto. There he meets Reiko Ishida, an older patient there who has become Naoko’s confidante. During this and subsequent visits, Reiko and Naoko reveal more about their past: Reiko talks about the cause of her downfall into mental illness and details the failure of her marriage, while Naoko talks about the unexpected suicide of her older sister several years ago.

When he returns to Tokyo, Watanabe unintentionally alienates Midori through both his lack of consideration of her wants and needs, and his continuing thoughts about Naoko. He writes a letter to Reiko, asking for her advice about his conflicted affections for both Naoko and Midori. He does not want to hurt Naoko, but he does not want to lose Midori either. Reiko counsels him to seize this chance for happiness and see how his relationship with Midori turns out.

A later letter informs Watanabe that Naoko has killed herself. Watanabe, grieving and in a daze, wanders aimlessly around Japan, while Midori—with whom he hasn’t kept in touch—wonders what has happened to him. After about a month of wandering, he returns to the Tokyo area and gets in contact with Reiko, who leaves the sanatorium to come visit. The middle-aged Reiko stays with Watanabe, and they have sex. It is through this experience, and the intimate conversation that Watanabe and Reiko share that night, that he comes to realise that Midori is the most important person in his life. After he sees Reiko off, Watanabe calls Midori to declare his love for her. Midori asks, “Where are you now?”, and the novel ends with Watanabe pondering that question.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”

TITLE: Its about a guy named Kafka who takes this name once he runs away from his place.

CHARACTERS:

  1. Kafka Tamura: The character’s true given name is never revealed to the reader. After having run away from home, he chooses the new name “Kafka” .
  2. Satoru Nakata: One of the 16 schoolgoing children.
  3. Oshima: A 21 year old intellectual man.
  4. Hoshino: Truck driver.
  5. Colonel Sander: Takes the form of a pimp or hustler.

PLOT SYNOPSIS:

Comprising two distinct but interrelated plots, the narrative runs back and forth between both plots, taking up each plotline in alternating chapters.

The odd-numbered chapters tell the 15-year-old Kafka’s story as he runs away from his father’s house to escape an Odeipal curse and to embark upon a quest to find his mother and sister.After a series of adventures, he finds shelter in a quiet, private library in Takamatsu, run by the distant and aloof Miss Saeki and the intelligent and more welcoming Oshima. There he spends his days reading the unabridged translation of and the collected works of Natsume begin inquiring after him in connection with a brutal murder.

The even-numbered chapters tell Nakata’s story. Due to his uncanny abilities, he has found part-time work in his old age as a finder of lost cats (Murakami’s earlier work also involves searching for a lost cat). Having finally located and returned one particular cat to its owners, Nakata finds that the circumstances of the case have put him on a path which, unfolding one step at a time before him, takes the illiterate man far away from his familiar and comforting home territory. He takes a gigantic leap of faith in going on the road for the first time in his life, unable even to read a map and without knowing where he will eventually end up. He befriends a truck driver named Hoshino, who takes him on as a passenger in his truck and soon becomes very attached to the old man. What appear to be random and irrelevant occurrences and situations are actually crucial to the final outcome for all.

These are the best books of Haruki Murakami. I will come up with more reviews on his books. If you want to share any review of Murakami books, contact me on my page!

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