Hong Kong, September 2015

[Hand, collar bone]

正如之前提到,這幾個月我都在翻看着書,而今天就把《揶威的森林》閱畢。這已是我第三次讀了,開頭還以為自己沒以往那麼喜歡這本書,但一頁一頁地翻下去,發現只是喜歡的地方不同了,甚至反而比以前更喜愛這本書。這本之前我翻看了村上春樹的另一本書《雜文集》(不過我跳過了關於爵士音樂那部分)。 《雜文集》是村上把自己一直以來為其他書寫的序、報章雜誌所寫的短篇文章還有演講講辭之類一堆文章結集而成的書籍。當中他提及到自己的事,例如自己在京都出生、在東京讀戲劇、不熱衷大學生活、受西方文學和音樂影響、第一份工作是在唱片店打工之類,而《揶威的森林》是關於一個叫渡邊的大叔回想自己年輕時的小說。他們兩個除了都是大叔外,背景都有很多相似的地方,不過在後記他亦有提到這是本「很個人性」的書。
As i said before, i have been re-reading books these few months. Today I just finished Nowegian Wood. This is the 3rd time. Initially I thought I didn't like this book as much as I used to, but as reading it page by page, I found that my favorite parts have switched but my liking of this book is more than ever. Before Norwegian Wood, I had re-read another book by Haruki Murakami, Zatsubun-Shu (雜文集 generally means "collection of miscellaneous work". Sadly this book doesn't have an English version. There is one chapter about jazz music which i skipped.) Zatsubun-Shu is a collection of articles he wrote for various occasions, e.g. magazine, speech and prologue. In which he had mentioned some pieces of fact about himself, e.g. born in kyoto, studied drama in tokyo, not found of university life, strongly influenced by western literature and music, had his first job at a record store... Norwegian Woods is a novel about an uncle whose name is Toru Watanabe talking about his long lost youth, first published in 1987. There are quite a lot of similarities between the background of these 2 guys. But actually at the epilogue of NW he said this book is very "personal/autobiographical". Sadly there is no epilogue for the English version I have.


  1. Hey, i have read many Murakami`s books and there are a lot of things that they have in common. Like the personality of a character, the atmosphere and things like that, so maybe those situations are in a way reated to him.

    1. so far i have only read 6 of his books and even 3 of them are non-fictional. but you are right. they have quite a lot of things in common, e.g. loneliness, baseball, girl's hair, smell of the rain, wind, books, record shop, music, a sunny afternoon ... but in some way i still think toru is more like him than any other characters.


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