>>7322323 The only people who hate Murakami are /lit/ contrarians. He writes fun, quirky scifi-tinged novels cats and jazz and sex. Just because he ain't the Greeks doesn't mean he doesn't write some breezy, escapist stuff. Fuck tha haters tb very h family.
People dislike him because he's not capital L literature enough. He incorporated pop culture and eschews all pretensions about making each and every novel a political opus. His prose is fairly simple and approachable, and his stories are actually interesting enough that people who don't often read might pick him up--and this is a sign of the weakness of his works in some minds.
I've read Oe and Mishima. They have some great works (I'm particularly fond of A Personal Matter), but Murakami is the best storyteller of the three by far.
Notice how none of the critical views in this thread rise above "he's a meme" and unmerited comparisons to children's literature. Just the same old "if it sells, it must be shit" laziness.
>>7322809 >Anonymous 11/05/15(Thu)05:09:44 No.732 His prose is horrendous. The, same repetitive, bloated, vibe he tries to install into all his books are just plain boring and tedious. His characters are all the same cardboard copies, of himself I would bet. His same trick of "weird inexplicable events" that have an obvious analogy for his themes are so typical as to be banal. His use of them gets redundant if they are used to propel the plot the whole time after every hundred pages of nothing but classical music and cooking. He sucks and I'm tired of saying the same shit every single time for this hack.
>>7322870 Nah, you just tossed some nine cent words into a madlib-tier, middle-schooler-on-goodreads "review" that could apply to any book that any retard doesn't "like." Also, your subject-verb agreement is on par with someone who has about as good of a grasp on the English language as Murakami himself. Also, you substitute the word "poophole" into a title of a book to further indicate you don't think too highly of it and have the nerve to call anything banal. Lurk more, you massive smegma-crusted-cockgobbling piece of shit.
>>7323424 Thanks m8. In hindsight, not my clearest sentence. Didn't mean to imply they did -- I meant that just because Murakami doesn't demand intense study/analysis/etc, that doesn't mean his work can't still be enjoyed for what it is.
>>7322379 Kind of, but not really. He's like intellectual trash lit. There's probably more substance than Twilight but, y'know, it's still pretty much the same thing. I don't really see that as bad, though. Sometimes you want filet mignon and sometimes you want a mcwhopper. These posts
>>7324697 This is the smuggest post I've ever seen on the internet. This is it. This is the end. We can go no further -- this is the smug to end all smug. No fart sniffing could even come close. Your dank farts, your nutty farts, your bean-and-broccoli fueled farts. No, this is it. Finally we've reached the zenith of obnoxious smug bullshit. We're here. Some people will cry, some people will laugh, but most won't know what to do. We weren't equipped to handle this. It's an atom bomb, and we can feel ourselves peel apart piece by piece. God never wanted this.
>>7322323 He gets a lot of hate on this board because he's somewhere between patrician and plebeian. While everyone knows that Joyce is good and GRRM is bad, a lot of people can't quite nail down Murikami, so some react violently against him while others insist he's quite good.
>>7322323 I agree that Oe has way more substance than Murakami but his novels are very fun to read. It's interesting to see his Western influences seep into Japanese culture and his characters. Reading Murakami is still more interesting and stimulating than reading Twilight or Hairy Potter.
I couldn't really get into that one. I loved most of it as I was reading it but the ending seemed so forced and trite that it ruined the whole book for me, the way all the characters are basically slapping him on the back going "boy, you sure have changed huh, wow."
>>7322870 hey read his first three book, they work as a trilogy and actually worth reading. The rest is trash, it's like after writing those he recognize the formula and reused to death. The first three books really worth, rather short too.
These three works are particularly enjoyable for a lazy saturday morning.
His longer stuff is great, if it's your first time reading anything by him, after that you realize he has pretty terrible case of same-protag. He'll spam the same main character in at least half of his longer books.
well, hard boiled wonderland was still enjoyable despite this.
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