What book would you recommend for a Haruki Murakami newbie?

@inkyuboz (1288)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
January 29, 2011 7:56am CST
I've been hearing so many great things about this author but a friend told me that it's really hard to "get into" most of his stuff. He has a peculiar sense of storytelling and he requires the reader's utmost attention. My friend added that even if some of the stories are hard to understand, it's all worth it in the end. So for anyone familiar with Murakami's body of work, which of his novels would you recommend for a person who's just starting out to read them?
2 responses
• Philippines
29 Jan 11
yes, Murakami writes superbly. he love to put his ideas metaphorically. i've read some of his best-selling novels like "kafka on the shore", "afterdark", and my favorite "sputnik sweetheart". you should try these, you won't regret it for sure. i think that hard to understand Murakami novel that your friends are pertaining to is the kafka on the shore sincce it's very metaphorical, and the story goes in two different parts. the reality, and the metaphor (fantasy) wherein somebody could talk to cats. LOL. just to spoil things a bit. good luck and have a nice read!
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 11
I have learned THAT much from Kafka on the Shore. They did say it's his most "difficult" book in terms of understanding the shifting narratives. Thanks a lot for the recommendations! :)
@khalida (1130)
• India
30 Jan 11
kafka was difficult? well, i want to know more about sputnik sweetheart junior :) can you tell me what kind of a read it would be? also does this author's books, leave you thinking or philosophical??
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@khalida (1130)
• India
30 Jan 11
well i have been wanting to read his books as well. my friend had read "Kafka on the shore" by Harukami and she liked it and she says it was a delight to read the book. how ever some of the stuff in the book are random (likeable), but left her with questions. probbly you can try that out. otherwise check out this site which would give you the details, ratings and reviews of all of his books http://www.goodreads.com/ see which story interests you and start reading :) gooodreads is my favourite site for books. in case you join, feel free to add me
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