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Early Murakami points to greatness!
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.