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Pinball, 1973 Paperback – 1985


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kodansha International; First Edition edition (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770022085
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770022080
  • ASIN: B000H65UUM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Duncan on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First: Don't pay exorbitant prices for this book. It's available from Amazon in Japan for around $10 (800 yen):
http://www.amazon.co.jp/1973%E5%B9%B4%E3%81%AE%E3%83%94%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9C%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB-1973-PINBALL-%E3%80%90%E8%AC%9B%E8%AB%87%E7%A4%BE%E8%8B%B1%E8%AA%9E%E6%96%87%E5%BA%AB%E3%80%91-%E6%9D%91%E4%B8%8A/dp/4770022085/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291596668&sr=8-1

Next: This book and Hear the Wind Sing (Kaze no Uta wo Kiku - which is more like "Listen to the Wind's Song") feel very much like 2 halves of the same novel. The characters of Boku ("I") and The Rat ("Nezumi") mature and change dramatically in this novel, but they're still in their hometown, and they're still trying to find themselves. The developments and climax of A Wild Sheep Chase make so much more sense with Pinball 1973 to give them a context.

The "Boku" trilogy is really a quartet: Hear the Wind Sing; Pinball, 1973; A Wild Sheep Chase; and Dance, Dance, Dance. The hints and nuance this story gives to the later maturation and development of Boku's character make it worth the read, for sure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BT Cassidy on November 30, 2010
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"Pinball, 1973" is an easy text to get into, Murakami's style and flair are evident from the opening pages. If you are a reader who reads for plots, this book isn't for you- it is simply a beautiful piece of storytelling with the over all objective the rediscovery of a pin ball table. There are no major plot twists or turns, just a beautiful telling of a simple story- enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tully on January 1, 2011
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Having read Murakami for years now, I was skeptical at first of his very early work, which was a mistake. This book was as good, or better than, any of his other books. I especially liked the packaging: small, pocket size, 175 small pages, original Japanese book packaging style, except translated into English. I carried it with me back & forth, until I finished it, then wished there was more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Rumble on October 27, 2011
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Pinbaall, 1973 is an "elusive" Murakami novel that only recently has become more widely available in English. It's structured around two, primary, characters much as later works such as Kafka on the Shore are. Of course, being an early Murakami effort it lacks the expansive nature we see in later novels. Regardless, one is drawn into the amazing complexity of the very narrow worlds of the primary characters in Pinball, 1973. Marukami demonstrates the same character foundation the world would discover with his future popularity. There is nothing different but it's interesting to read this early effort and witness Murakami's first, tentative, steps toward character construction. His subtle commentary on Japanese society makes a recognizable appearance too. This is highly recommended read which will convey to the Murakami fan his early stages as a writer. Moreover, you will have a greater appreciation of his continued progression in character study, style and societal criticisim in his later efforts. It's worth the price and time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Cook on January 11, 2011
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"Pinball, 1973" is a hard book to find within the US. Worth reading and slightly indicative of Murakami's famous style.
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