Like, Try, Why: Murakami Edition

With the latest Murakami book hitting shelves in America, and another due out in December, there’s been an uptick in interest in his older books, and also dedicated fans looking for something else like Murakami to read after finishing it (or while they wait on the hold list). I’ve only read 1Q84 so this list was trickier than other genres, authors, or themes that I’ve explored. I dug through NoveList, Reddit, and asked friends for suggestions, and finally narrowed it down to this list, though I may make a flowchart someday because I had a lot of diverse recommendations. Before I can do that, however, I have a lot more reading to do!

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Readers who liked 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami might enjoy The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas, another stylistically complex novel that blends genres and explores philosophical ideals. 

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Amazon | Goodreads | Review (Washington Post)

The End of Mister Y by Scarlett Thomas

Amazon | Goodreads | Review (Book Slut)

Kafka on the Shore and A Tale for Time Being are both surreal stories set in Japan that follow troubled young protagonists. 

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Amazon | Goodreads | Review (Book Slut)

A Tale for Time Being by Rutho Ozeki

Amazon| Goodreads | Review (Read a Latte)

More accessible that Murakami’s surrealist works, Norwegian Wood, like The Changeling, is a romantic coming of age novel centered on grief and loss. 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Amazon | Goodreads | Review (Guardian)

The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe

Amazon | Goodreads | Review (Globe and Mail)


Do you read Murakami? What works would you suggest to his fans? 

3 thoughts on “Like, Try, Why: Murakami Edition

  1. AHH I have been wondering which Murakami to read next (I just finished Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki) and this is perfect! I got Norwegian Wood this weekend after a friend recommended it, but I didn’t know he had another one coming out in December, so I’m excited. Thanks for linking to my review of A Tale for the Time Being!

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