What are the best books of Haruki Murakami?

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    #1Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.
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    Diya Rodrigues
    Written on July 12, 2017
    "I thought 1Q84 was a really good book, so I went to find another book by Haruki Murakami. I found this book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. It was just as good as his other works, so I was super happy with reading this book."
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    #2Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

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    Jack Matthews
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Kafka on the Shore is a book by Haruki Murakami about a character named Kafka who runs away from home at 15 and lives under the oppression of his father. The book contains adventures and violence as well as endearing character arcs."
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    #3The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
    In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. 
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    Phillip Silva
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "Haruki Murakami's novels can be difficult to follow. They can get very strange. He mixes the ordinary with the surreal. But we always feel for his characters. I think "The Wind-up Bird Chronicles" is one of his best and I highly recommend it."
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    #4Norwegian Wood

    Norwegian Wood
    When he hears her favorite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Toru is transported back almost 20 years to his days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of friendships,  sex, passion, loss, and desire.
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    Bruce Wong
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "This was a good resource for me in finding books by Haruki Murakami. Amazon gives several different options for paperbacks, Kindle and even audio CD's. The prices are very reasonable too which is always welcomed."
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    #5Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following.
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    Scott Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is a book by Haruki Murakami that focuses on science fiction themes and characters. It is an adventure filled novel with powerful topics from Bob Dylan to unicorns and librarians. Fans of Haruki Murakami will be pleased with this piece of work from the beloved author."
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    #6What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    In 1982, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

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    William Alexander
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "As a runner, this book really spoke to me. I could relate to a lot of what Murakami was talking about when it came to running, and I've seen that a lot of other runners feel the same way. It didn't really inspire me to run more, or make me want to train harder, but it did remind me of why I love running. This book really spoke to that part of me. "
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    #7A Wild Sheep Chase

    A Wild Sheep Chase
    The man was leading an aimless life, time passing, one big blank. His girlfriend has perfectly formed ears, ears with the power to bewitch, marvels of creation. The man receives a letter from a friend, enclosing a seemingly innocent photograph of sheep, and a request: place the photograph somewhere it will be seen.
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    Eugene Brown
    Written on April 15, 2017
    "One of the arthor's early works, this Amazon page gives you a lot of info in the way that Amazon does. This particular one was pretty highly rated, and it would seem to be a good intro, though if you have limited time to read you might choose something later when he had developed his style more uniquely."
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    #81Q84

    1Q84

    1Q84 is a fantasy fiction book written by Haruki Murakami which centers on a young woman named Aomame who follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. 

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    Sue Kong
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This book cannot be put down. It draws you in and mesmerizes you in it's powerful twin moonbeams. Powerfully written and translated, I enjoyed it far more than all the dragon tattoo books combined!"

Summary

Best What are the best books of Haruki Murakami
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageBooks 12 Paid
2Kafka on the ShoreBooks 11 Paid
3The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A NovelBooks 11 Paid
4Norwegian WoodBooks 8 Paid
5Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the WorldBooks 6 Paid
6What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A MemoirBooks 5 Paid
7A Wild Sheep ChaseBooks 4 Paid
81Q84Books 1 Paid
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