Wind/Pinball: Two Novels - Haruki Murakami

Wind/Pinball (Knopf, $25.95) pairs the first two novels Haruki Murakami wrote; Hear the Wind Sing dates from 1979, Pinball, 1973 from 1980. Early works as they are, these novellas show many of the hallmarks readers have come to associate with this beguiling Japanese writer: the arctic beauty of loneliness, the camaraderie of outcasts, sex and loss, and Murakami’s signature evocation of listlessness and pointed longing, all of which testify to the singular intensity of this artist’s literary imagination. Yet these are unmistakably first novels. Hear the Wind Sing is a cryptic work, but one enhanced by what it reflects of its writer’s unique metaphorical mind in the raw. Pinball, 1973 features a typical Murakami narrator—a character obsessed with an unspecific but sharp yearning—perhaps a yearning to have something to yearn for. In most Murakami novels, such a figure would undertake a spiritual journey to some sort of resolution, but this piece is more nihilistic. Seasoned fans will be fascinated to see Murakami the writer slowly emerge from Murakami the dreamer, right before their eyes. For those who have been reluctant to approach Murakami’s surreal magical realism, this neat little volume is the perfect entrance to an incomparable world.

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By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780385352123
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Published: Knopf - August 4th, 2015

Wind/Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 (Two Novels) (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780804170147
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - Naomi Klein

How many times, while reading This Changes Everything, did I almost throw it through the window? This book smacked me in the face with the reality that mitigating climate change will take more than recycling office paper, taking shorter showers, carpooling…it will take an upheaval of an order in which every aspect of our lives is complicit—the decades-long global project to enshrine capitalism over everything. Although it delivers a bitter pill the writing is so impassioned the book is a compelling read. Necessary reading for anyone who aspires to informed global citizenship.

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ISBN: 9781451697391
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings - Caspar Henderson

Don't judge too quickly based on its title, art direction or whimsical premise as modern alphabetical bestiary: Caspar Henderson's book of taxonomically-real animals does some seriously interesting things. Henderson approaches each creature's entry from a 'human perspective', by which I mean that at times he begins through the anecdotal first person, and at others through myth, history, literature, or philosophy. The tone will be meditative, almost dreamlike in cadence; margin notes add flecks of detail; but the magic and historicity with which Henderson regards each creature in no way detracts from the depth or accuracy of the scientific account. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings toys with something that will soon be very important, as the ways we currently relate to Nature prove to wreak irreversible damage: the ability to regard the living world around us in a way simultaneously analytical and artistic, fusing the strengths of both without taking away from either.

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ISBN: 9780226213200
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 10th, 2014