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Hear the Wind Sing is Murakami's first novel, available for the first time in English outside Japan. 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. The story of the narrator, the Rat and J continues in Pinball, 1973.
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Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It first appeared in 1979. I chose this book because I participate in a Reading Challange on Facebook.
The story takes place in 1970 over a period of nineteen days between August 8 and August 28, and is narrated by a 21-year-old unnamed man. The story contains forty small chapters amounting to 130 pages. The story covers the craft of writing, the Japanese student movement, and, like later Murakami novels, relationships and loss. Like later novels, eating, drinking, and listening to western music are regularly described. The narrator's close friend 'the Rat', around whom the trilogy of the Rat evolves, is a student and bar patron who expresses a general alienation towards society. The narrator describes the American writer Derek Hartfield as a primary influence, citing his pulp science fiction works, and quoting him at several points.
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1. Bok utgitt i 2018: Elena Ferrante: Kvelande kjærleik
2. Bok av en favorittforfatter: Nikolaj Frobenius: Mørke grener
3. Bok på et annet språk enn ditt morsmål: Haruki Murakami: Hear the Wind Sing+Harry P.
4. Islandsk forfatter: Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Himmelrike og helvete
5. Bok hvor Religion er en del av handlingen: Chigozie Obioma: Den forbudte eleven +flere.
6. Bok om et tema du ikke har noe særlig kjennskap til: J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter (Bok1+2)
7. Amerikansk klassiker. John Williams: Stoner
8. Årstid i tittelen: Pedro Camaro-Alvrez: Og været skiftet og det ble sommer og så videre.
9. Vinner av Man Booker Prize: Kazuo Ishoguro: En kjempe begravd
10. Bok handlingen på en annen planet: D. Adams The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
11. Bok skrevet under pseudonym: Arne Dahl: Innland + (Elena Ferrante/Lars Kepler)
12. En fagbok: Giulia Enders: Sjarmen med tarmen.
13. Bok hvor hovedpersonen er en skurk/antihelt: Graham Greene "Brighton Rock"
14. En dystopisk roman: Margaret Atwood: Oryx og Crake
15. Bok som omhandler sorg eller død: Javier Marías: Forelskelsene + flere bøker (4,5,8,19)
16. Bok forfatter under 30 år: Agnes Ravatn: "Fugletribunalet"
17. Bok der handlingen foregår før vestlig tidsregnings begynnelse: Gilgamesj
18. Bok skrevet av to forfattere: Lars Kepler (A.Coelho Ahndoril&A. Ahndoril): Stalker
19. Bok med et stygt omslag: Erlend Loe: Naiv super
20. En norsk samtidsroman: Vigdis Hjorth: Arv og miljø
21. En selvhjelpsbok: Agnes Ravatn si "Operasjon sjølvdisiplin"
22. En bok om ekstremisme: Demian Vitanza: Dette livet eller det neste.
23. Bok med snø på coveret: Ninni Schulman: Jenta med snø i håret
24. Bok utgitt det året du fylte 15: Anne Karin Elstad: Folket på Innhaug (1976)
25. En dagbok: Zeshan Shakar: Tante Ulrikkes vei
En bok utgitt i 2017: Zeshan Shakar: Tante Ulrikkes vei
En bok skrevet av en afrikansk forfatter: Chigozie Obioma: Den forbudte elva
En bok som har vunnet The Man Booker Prize: Kazuo Ishiguro: En kjempe begravd
En bok utgitt det året du fylte 18: Haruki Murakami: Hear the Wind Sing (1979)
En bok med gult omslag: Agnes Ravatn si "Operasjon sjølvdisiplin"
En bok utgitt det året moren eller faren din ble født: Graham Greene: Brighton Rock (1938)
En bok utgitt under et pseudonym: Arne Dahl: Innland (+ Elena Ferrante)
En bok med en tittel som begynner på F: Javier Marías: Forelskelsene
Bok med handling i en annen verden: J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone
En bok med kvinnelig hovedperson: Elena Ferrante: Kvelande kjærleik
En bok med en farge i tittelen: Peter May: The Black House
En bok skrevet for barn: C.S.Lewis: Narnia: Løven, heksa og klesskapet + the voyage of....
Part 2: Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc.
Reading the World: Read a book from every country in the world. Here's my growing list of titles and recommendations.
1: A book made into a movie already seen: John Boyne "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
2: True crime: Karin Fossum, "Elskede Poona" (The indian bride)
3: The next book in a series you started: Peter May, "The Lewis Man"
4: A book involving a heist: J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (#7)
5: Nordic noir: Arne Dahl, "Innland" (English title: "Hunted")
6: A novel based on a real person: Thomas Keneally, "Schindlers Liste"
7: A book set in a country that fascinates you: Peter May, "The firemaker" (China)
8: A book with a time of day in title: Kazuo Ishiguro, "The remains of the day"
9: A book about a villain or antihero: Javier Marias, "Forelskelsene" (The Infatuations)
10: A book about death/grief: P. Carmona-Alvarez "The weather changed, summer came...
11: A book w. a female author who uses male pseudonym: Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling
12: A book with an LGBTO+protagonist: David Ebershoff, "The danish girl
13: A book that is also a stage play or musical: Nikos Kazantzakis, "Fortell, Zorbas, fortell"
14: A book by author of different ethnicity than you: Chigozie Obioma,"The fishermen
15: A book about feminism 1: Vigdis Hjorth «Arv og Miljø»" (Wills and Testaments)
16: A book about feminism 2: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "we should all be feminists"
17: A book about mental health: Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
18: A book you borrowed or was given to you as a gift: Zeshan Shakar, Tante Ulrikkes Vei
19: A book by two authors: Kepler, "Stalker"
20: A book about/involving sport: J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (#2)
21: A book by a local author: Agnes Ravatn, "Fugletribunalet" (the bird tribunal)
22: A book with your favorite color in the title: Peter May "The Black House"
23: A book with alliteration in title: J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (#1)
24: A book about time travel: J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3)
25: A book w. a weather element in title: Ninni Schulman, The girl with snow in her hair
26: A book set at sea: Jón Kalman Stefánsson, "Himmelrike og helvete" (Heaven and hell)
27: A book with animal in the title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5
28: A book set on a different planet: Douglas Adam "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
29: A book with song lyrics in the title: Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood"
30: A book about or set on Halloween: Agatha Christie, "Hallowe’en Party"
31: A book w. characters who are twins: JK.Rowling,Harry Potter&the Half-Blood Prince(6)
32: A book mentioned in another book: Graham Greene, "Brighton Rock" (in "Matilda")
33: A book f. celebrity book club: Haddon,The Curious Incident of the Dog in t. Night-time
34: A childhood classic you've never read: C.S. Lewis: Narnia (Løven, heksa&kleskapet)
35: A book that's published in 2018: Elena Ferrante, "Kvelande kjærleik (Troubeling love)
36: A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner: Paula Hawkins, Piken på toget
37: A book set in the decade you were born: Sue Monk Kidd, Bienes hemmelige liv
38: A book you ment to read in 2017 but didn't get to: Margareth Atwood, Oryx and Crake
39: A book with an ugly cover: Erlend Loe, "Naiv, Super"
40: A book that involves a bookstore or library: Gabrielle Zevin: «Herr Fikrys litterære liv»
41: Your favorite prompt f. the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenges: Robert Harris, Pompeii
42: A bestseller f. year you graduated high school: Haruki Murakami "Hear the wind sing"
43: A cyberpunk book: Axel Jensen, "Lul".
44: A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place: Peter May, The Chessmen
45: A book tied to your ancestry: Anne K. Elstad, Folket på Innhaug (People of Innhaug)
46: A book with fruit/vegetable in the title: Kris Holloway, "Monique and the Mango Rains"
47: An allegory: Kazuo Ishiguro: En kjempe begravd (a buried giant)
48: A book by author with same first name as you: TORILL Brekke, Alle elsket moren din
49: A microhistory: Giulia Enders, "Sjarmen med tarmen" (...charming science of your gut)
50: A book about a problem facing society today: D. Vitanzas, "Dette livet eller det neste"
51: A book recommended by someone else taking the Popsugar Reading Challenge: J.K.Rowlings: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4)"
my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge:
1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
4. books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover.....)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, etc): The gut
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
11. A literary fiction
12. A book set in Africa or South America
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies,.. )
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters)
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver,..
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title,.. content) to "born" in the same year as you
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but a close-call
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee.
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list.
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the character is of a different origin or sexual identity..
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, lust, envy, wrath, ..)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists.
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018