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on October 27, 2011
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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on November 30, 2010
"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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on January 1, 2011
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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on July 7, 2014
While this was not a proper translation of the work (it is a translation for Japanese students learning English), it is still a must have for Murakami fans. It connections a portion of the Trilogy of the Rat, which enriches the understanding of one of his other major works (The Wild Sheep Chase).
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on April 29, 2011
This is second in the Trilogy of the Rat, the first two of which have not been published in the West. This is a Japanese publication in English. It displays his brilliant handling of words. Just at the end there is the first (but very mild) display of Murakami's love of the fantastic. For anyone who liked "Wild Sheep Chase" it is essential reading.
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on January 11, 2011
"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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on July 6, 2010
This is a wonderful addition to our collection of Murakami. This book has been hard to find and I was very pleased that it was available at Amazon.
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on December 20, 2011
The book is completely new. Very nice packed, like a present with lot of attention. Shipped real quickly. Made me very happy.
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on December 5, 2010
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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on August 8, 2015
“Pinball, 1973” is the Murakami we know today. Having been written at almost the same time as “Wind,” it is a remarkable advance. The unnamed narrator is a translator who hangs out with his friend Rat at J’s bar and sleeps with twins. That’s what there is of a storyline, but as usual it’s the whimsical vignettes that define the novel. Here, the narrator starts by telling us how he interviewed people to hear their stories of faraway places. One of interviews was with someone from Saturn and another from Venus, and the narrator accepts this at face value. The twins insist they hold a funeral for a discarded switch panel, which they all agree is dying. We eventually hear the history of pinball machines and the model “Spaceship,” to which the narrator has become emotionally attached. Overall, this is a minor-but-promising work that defines existentialism.
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