January 1, 2014

Hear The Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami: Favorite Quotes and Authors Mentioned

Quotes which Caught My Attention:

"There's no such thing as perfect writing. Just like there's no such thing as perfect despair."

"Nonetheless, writing can also be fun. Compared to the sheer difficulty of living, the process of attaching meaning to life is altogether clear sailing."

"Whatever can't be expressed might as well not exist."

"You've got to listen to the radio. Reading only isolates you. Admit it." 

"Nobody could figure out why she died. I doubt if even she herself knew." 

"Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live."

(I'm intrigued in reading this book how the story revolves around a certain girl with four fingers, a girl our hero apparently loves very much. Yet, quite piercingly, she hangs herself in the woods and isn't found until two weeks later. Hear The Wind Sing reminds me very much of Norwegian Wood, and while I will reread the later, I'm going on to Pinball, 1973 first. I have to read The Trilogy of The Rat in order now.)

Titles and authors mentioned in Hear The Wind Sing:

Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Henry James


Sorcieres by Michelet

The Last Temptation of Christ by Kazantzakis

One and A Half Times Around The Rainbow by Derek Heartfield (fictional author)

War and Peace by Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky

(Of this diverse list of authors mentioned by Murakami in Hear The Wind Sing, I've only read War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov.That's no surprise to me, as I love Russian authors as much as Japanese. Anyway, I'd like to read more of what's listed here because they must be important to Murakami in some way.)

I read this book as my first book of 2014, and also for the Japanese Literature Challenge 7 and January in Japan.


  1. Great idea writing the books mentioned be great to read through them and see what influence they may have had on his early books

  2. This book sounds amazing! I will definitely have to read it! Have a great day.

  3. This book sounds like a great undertaking.

  4. I also started his latest book, "Tzukuru Tazaki" and even if I am not extremely thrilled, it also has a reference to a six finger person, so I guess besides cats, having more or less fingers is a recurrent theme...

  5. This book sounds pretty interesting! I think I'm going to add this to my tbr list. Happy New Year!

  6. I'm a big Murakami fan. Hope you enjoy your first read.

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  7. Looks like a good book! Happy New Year!

  8. Love that Murakami is your first read of the year. I am so jealous that you have a copy of this book as I can't seem to find one. Luckily, I found it online, so I can read it there ;) I love that you are reading the three books in order - something I need to do. Enjoy the new year and the great reading it promises to bring :)