December 2, 2014 Haruki Murakami's 2008 novella about a young student trapped in an eerie library has just been translated into English. Critic Alan Cheuse calls it awfully weird and utterly down to earth.
August 18, 2014 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, about a young man looking for closure, offers Haruki Murakami's trademark blend of fantasy and reality. Some moments fall flat, but many others are intoxicating.
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November 29, 2011 Critic Alan Cheuse likes his books thoughtfully plotted — and 2011 has made him a happy reader. A tiger haunts, a teen flees, ballplayers dream and vampires reign in beautifully conceived stories from new and distinguished authors.
October 25, 2011 Haruki Murakami's story will carry you away to a new world and keep you there for a long time. Three volumes have been masterfully translated and bound together into a 900-page epic of murder, fanaticism, music, sex and intrigue.
August 17, 2006 In Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami spins whimsical and daring short stories about a talking monkey, man-eating cats on a Greek island and the girl from Ipanema. The writer himself appears in a few of them.
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April 3, 2006 Jeff, who listens to WUWM in Milwaukee, recommends Haruki Murakami's mysterious and unconventional novel: "The most challenging novel [I have read] in recent years."
February 8, 2005 Alan Cheuse reviews Kafka on the Shore by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The novel's protagonist, Kafka Tamura, is a Huck Finn-like runaway who leaves Tokyo and heads toward the provinces in search of his destiny.
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