The Strange Library

Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Ted Goossen Illustrator: Chip Kidd Type: Fiction, short story Published: 2014 I read it: July 2018 “Why do I act like this, agreeing when I really disagree, letting people force me to do things I don’t want to do?” Murakami’s dreamlike story centers around the protagonist’s willingness to go along into…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Author: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator) Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1994 I read it: December 2013 I turned 30 the month I read this book, so I had a bit of relating with the protagonist, Toru Okada. I also proposed to my now-fiance the night I finished the final page, so the ruminations on marriage…

Kafka on the Shore

Author: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator) Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2002 I read it: April 2009 A trippy ride that introduces us to the young Kafka Tamura and the old, gentle Nakata. The story takes you down a rabbit hole and never quite brings you back, but not so desperately arbitrary that the reader loses…