Notes from An Alien

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More Proof That “Breaking The Rules” Is Good for An Author

Not long ago I tried reading 1Q84 by Haruki MurakamiHarukiMurakami

Didn’t get very far and mentioned the fact to my Best Friend.

She recommended I read Kafka On The Shore by Murakami

I loved it!!

I may go back to 1Q84 in the future, just to see what turned me off so quickly

In truth, there is no “Rule” about writing that a talented writer can’t successfully break.

For Murakami, breaking the rules of Japanese literature has made him an international bestseller.

Yet, as I’ve written about before, the phenomenon of being a bestseller has more to do with social factors (“luck”) than talent, since many writers are as good as Murakami, or any dozen other bestselling authors; but, their books may sell very few copies

Kafka On The Shore was a curious book—offbeat, intriguing, full of mystery and humor, and certainly “spiritual”.

Yet, someone else could list their descriptions of the book and not overlap mine at all

Murakami writes in a deceptively “simple” way—pulls you into his world with an affable style—cajoles your feelings, then treats you to many wonders

I could never write like him (though many now are attempting to copy his style) and I’m sure he could never write like me.

He’s an Authentic Author—spilling his soul on the page—creating his own “rules”—listening carefully to the story as he writes it

Some will probably find his writing “shocking” or “impenetrable” or “immoral”.

I’m still pondering the effect his book had on me so I’ll bow out of this space and let a video say something else

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3 responses to “More Proof That “Breaking The Rules” Is Good for An Author

  1. Jane Watson November 13, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I loved the world this book took me into. Yes, some of it was weird and surreal and out there and even shocking, but I loved the taste and feel and spaciousness of that world and the sense of freedom it gave me. I also loved the fact that Murukami could do it and take me with him into that dimension.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai November 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Yes, Jane, and you’ve hit upon something I intended to say in the post — Murakami writes in “Moods”—the spaciousness you mention—takes one into those moods and helps you feel them


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