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SORRY, I FOUND MURAKAMI WRITING DISGUSTING

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He is horrible to read. I am very specific about the writer soul's quality. I am french and we can read souls in a writing. In the end of a reading day, you end up better or worse because your writer is a good and honest person; or not.

I bought the first book because everyone was telling : this is so great and so original. But I shut the book after two pages nearly vomiting. It is so cold and inhuman. The style is bad. This is mechanical. I know that kind of soul, and I pass even if all its subjects are in my likings.

He "inspired" himself from someone very human intelligent, yet he is not enough for this level. He is depressed.

A living god level request some inner qualities nobody can't imitate without taking urge rick. He is the proof.

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Nadège,You may read "50 shades of Gray",maybe this one won't cause any vomit..

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Nadege,

My comments to you are not meant to be rude, please bear with me.

It sounds like you are making too many assumptions. If you don't have the patience to read more than two pages of his work, you probably don't have the patience to understand another human's soul. There is an arrogance to your belief that because you don't like his writing after two pages, it is clearly the author's fault instead of your own for not seeing what so many others around the world have seen in his works. If you only read this first part of what I have written, you might find me rude, but please read ALL that I've written below to understand a little more clearly.

I am currently reading Murakami's The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and am very disappointed that I can't read it in the original Japanese.

When I started reading Rimbaud, I didn't like his rhythm or style. The words didn't create the images or feelings I had heard about. I wondered how he could be so popular in France, and the world. I kept buying new and different translations and found them all to be very different. I began studying French and one of the many reasons I had in doing so was to read his work in the language it was written in. When I was finally able to read it in French, it was better but I still suspected something was missing. I had not grown up in French culture. My point here is that I didn't assume Rimbaud was an awful poet, I assumed I didn't understand fully what he was trying to express, and learned far more in the process.

Reading your post, I wonder if you read Murakami's two pages in English, French, or if you read it in Japanese, the language it was written in. If you are trying to understand someone from two pages, you are making it very difficult on yourself. I also wonder if you thought about the importance of understanding culture and the differences in the way culture can influence your reaction to specific words and images. I don't mean to say that writing is not meant to cross those barriers, Murakami is loved around the world. While this might not matter in understanding the main ideas, and some love him for that alone, there is certainly a barrier to understanding the author on a more intimate level as you have said. I'm not sure this is even possible to do from reading a work. However I do believe it is important when trying to understand someone's soul. Sometimes people live their whole lives and don't even fully understand themselves.

It is possible that I am misunderstanding you. I can't understand the second to last line of your comment, but I would never proclaim to understand your soul from that piece of writing. I would also never judge you based on your words alone. I am sure you have a beautiful soul, as everyone does.

I have found that when your heart is open, you will enjoy everything and not complain as much. I hope you can find beauty in everything around you and not fall into a cynical trap. A wise person learns in a positive way from everything around them, the 'good' and the 'bad.'

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He is horrible to read. I am very specific about the writer soul's quality. I am french and we can read souls in a writing. In the end of a reading day, you end up better or worse because your writer is a good and honest person; or not. 

I bought the first book because everyone was telling : this is so great and so original. But I shut the book after two pages nearly vomiting. It is so cold and inhuman. The style is bad. This is mechanical. I know that kind of soul, and I pass even if all its subjects are in my likings. 

He "inspired" himself from someone very human intelligent, yet he is not enough for this level. He is depressed. 

A living god level request some inner qualities nobody can't imitate without taking urge rick. He is the proof.

Anyone can have his opinion here but it seems that you need capitals above your post to ensure your audience isn't it? :)

So you state that the French are able to read souls in writing which is pretty arrogant as well as amusing. A significant number of your compatriots do think that they are 'unique' in Europe and the World something that they share with a number of Japanese..

Personally I didn't like 'Norwegian Wood', the book which made him famous in the West but I liked 'Men without Women' a lot.

My favourite Japanese writer however is Yukio Mishima and my favourite French writer Louis-Ferdinand Celine. For the latter many would disagree, to say it in your words, that 'at the end of reading you end up better or worse because your writer is a good and honest person... '

https://www.letemps.ch/culture/helene-morita-voix-francaise-haruki-murakami

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And french are known for this diplomatic nuclear skill (very unique in europe) that have avoid atomic bomb exchange between USA and URSS during cold war (too many times). America have develop psychological profil to try to beat us, but we are still the best according to french science. And america is the best according to america's science. But French got the best human science so... we win. Yes !

I know that French human science is good but the French are bad in many other fields as you should know. The American science became the best with help of the European brain drain and later the Asian equivalent.

The Germans are in charge in the EU no matter what poster boy Macron says or thinks and that's good for all in Europe :)

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I find the writing beautiful. So I disagree with Nadege above. I have no problem disagreeing about the experience of reading, or even about the quality of a piece of writing. What disturbs me about Nadege's comment is that he conflates having an "inhuman" soul (or mechanical or disgusting) soul with being depressed, and vice versa. As though the quality of your soul is compromised due to a chemical imbalance in your brain or to a series of traumatic incidents. What a crock. Personally, I find depressed people to often have beautiful souls (whatever souls are) and big hearts. I also find that depressed people are often very honest in their thinking about themselves and the world around them, and they often write very emotionally evocative prose, although I'm not entirely sure why that is. And I definitely don't feel as though I am a worse person for having read any of his novels. I have no idea whether Murakami suffers from depression, but I like his writing. I'm sure one thing has little to do with the other.

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I have no idea whether Murakami suffers from depression, but I like his writing. I'm sure one thing has little to do with the other.

That might be the perception of Nadege and of no further importance. Nice insight on depressed people as I always tend to avoid them.

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I have no idea whether Murakami suffers from depression

Tamar - It's unlikely, he's never mentioned it despite writing a lot about his own life. I agree 100% with your comments about people with depression by the way.

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@Nadege,

I agree.

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I agree the Germans are in charge in the EU. Pity Europe.

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