Understanding Haruki Murakami Through Quotes

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“I feel uncomfortable writing in the third person: it’s like looking down on your characters. I wrote my first novel in 1979. Since then, I’ve written every novel in the first person. I tried a couple of times to do the third person (it took me 20 years: the first was Kafka on the Shore) – and every time, I feel uncomfortable, like I’m looking down from above. I wanted to stand at the same level as my characters. It’s democratic!” The Guardian, August 24, 2014

“I have collected so many memories, in my chest, the chest of my mind… I think everybody has a lot of memories of his or her own, but it’s a special gift to find the right drawer. I can do that. If I need something, I can point to the right drawer.”  The Guardian, September 13, 2014

“If the very important secret is not solved, then readers will be frustrated. That is not what I want. But if a certain kind of secret stays secret, it’s a very sound curiosity. I think readers need it.” The Guardian, September 13, 2014

“My main interest to write novels and stories is to find what I am. I’m 65 years old, but I’m still curious what I am. What I have in me. What I’m going to be.” The Telegraph, November 4, 2014

“I get some images and I connect one piece to another. That’s the story line. Then I explain the story line to the reader. You should be very kind when you explain something. If you think, It’s okay; I know that, it’s a very arrogant thing. Easy words and good metaphors; good allegory. So that’s what I do. I explain very carefully and clearly.” The Paris Review, Summer 2004

“George Orwell is half journalist, half fiction writer. I’m 100 percent fiction writer. . . . I don’t want to write messages. I want to write good stories. I think of myself as a political person, but I don’t state my political messages to anybody.” The New York Times, October. 21, 2011

“The stronger my muscles got, the clearer my mind became. I am convinced that artists who lead an unhealthy life burn out more quickly. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin were the heroes of my youth — all of them died young, even though they didn’t deserve to. Only geniuses like Mozart or Pushkin deserve an early death. Jimi Hendrix was good, but not so smart because he took drugs. Working artistically is unhealthy; an artist should lead a healthy life to make up for it. Finding a story is a dangerous thing for an author; running helps me to avert that danger.” Der Spiegel, February 20, 2008. On whether he is a good writer because he runs


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