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Book Title: The Folklore of Our Times|
The author of the book: Haruki Murakami
Date of issue: June 9th 2003
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.34 MB
Edition: The New Yorker
Read full description of the books The Folklore of Our Times:Beautiful Short story by Murakami Haruki.
60s of Japan resembles present India.
People differ, values differ. That much is constant, no matter what the period. But the thing about the sixties that was totally unlike any other time is that we believed that those differences could be resolved.
She shook her head. "You just don't understand. I'm a woman. I'm not like you. You don't know a thing about it. Not a thing."
Nothing he could say did any good. She just kept on crying. And then she said the strangest thing. "Listen, even if I break up with you, I'll still remember you for ever. Honestly. I'll never forget. You know how much I like you. You're the first person I've ever cared for, and it's made me so happy just to be with you. Please understand. If it's some kind of promise you want, I promise. I'll sleep with you. But not now. After I'm married I'll sleep with you. I promise."
"What the hell was she saying? It boggled my mind," he said, gazing at the glowing hearth. The waiter brought our primi piatti and added another log to the fire, sending out crackling sparks. The middle-aged couple at the next table were deliberating over the dessert menu. "I just couldn't figure it out. I went home and her words kept playing over and over in my mind, but I simply could not follow her reasoning. Does it make any sense to you?"
"I guess she meant that she was going to stay a virgin until her wedding night, but once she was married and her virginity wasn't an issue she'd be able to have an affair with you. Something like that."
"Yeah, something along those lines. That's the only way I could read it."
"Unique, I'll give her that. And logical, in a way."
A mild smile played over his lips. "True enough. There was some logic to it."
"A virgin bride, an adulterous wife. It's like a classic French novel. But with no ballrooms or foot servants."
"And yet to her that was the only realistic solution," he said.
Read information about the authorMurakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...
Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.
Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko. His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works. Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse 'Peter Cat' which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.
Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: The Thieving Magpie (after Rossini's opera), Bird as Prophet (after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird), and The Bird-Catcher (a character in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute). Some of his novels take their titles from songs: Dance, Dance, Dance (after The Dells' song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune), Norwegian Wood (after The Beatles' song) and South of the Border, West of the Sun (the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole).
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