As Hear the Wind Sing is the first book published by Haruki Murakami, it’s also my first read of his works. It’s a short one day read, light and very easy language. It’s not the language which inspired me when I read this book, it’s the simplicity which Murakami uses in his writing. Not at all complex. A serious stress reliever and philosophical.
Hear the Wind Sing has a nameless narrator, quirky realistic characters, off-the-wall dialogue, lots of beer and cigarettes, some music and some literature. His characters are the last people one would expect to break into an emotional monologue. And yet Murakami brings out the sense of sadness and loneliness that lurks beneath the nonchalant exterior very well. Where this sadness emanates from, they know not. Just like us, sometimes we are sad without a reason and in that situation we do try to find a reason like a lost wanderer. Basically, this novel as a whole is a story without the plot, where the timeline is moving in non-linear sense and the narrator is talking to readers in any way he wants to. Sometimes he talks about writing and the problem of writing, or about his fascination to Derek Hartfield (a fictional author that Murakami creates), or about the girl with one finger missing, or his good friend the Rat, son of a wealthy family, adrift in the confusing sea of late-60’s and early 70’s Japan.
When I read it, I felt that I am observing some real human beings as puppets in front of my eyes through his words. The way he describes little and ordinary things is the best thing about his writing which I like. There was an instance where he described summer rain and I could really visualize and feel along with the text because of its simplicity. As I said earlier, it’s entirely philosophical and best read in my opinion for the people who are in their early twenties. The text and some quotes left me thinking for hours. I am fascinated by how simple the book is with not much of the plot, and yet I like it. It’s certainly an artistic novel. Murakami has earned one more fan due to his writing. I cannot wait to read his other books in this series which is called The Rat Chronicles. There are four books in total, and this being the first.
3.5 out of 5!