Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami is the second book the Rat Chronicles. This is the second book which was published written by Haruki Murakami. This book is more penetrating than the previous Hear the Wind Sing in a few ways including the plot. It has a similar plot to the last book, but this time the author does add some linearity in the plot. The narrator is still nameless. There are again a lot of beers and cigarettes. It’s again a one day read, and yes I did read it in one day. Short, light, stress reliever novella.
It’s interesting the way the stories of the narrator and The Rat are in parallel. Beginning 3 years after the first part we find the narrator out of college, living and working in Tokyo and living with twins. The Rat, having dropped out of school sometime earlier, is still adrift in the seaside town, still drinking beer in J’s bar, and still alienated from society and himself.The most interesting metaphysical issue that the author raises is the significance of entrances and exits. He only talks about this explicitly when he’s naming the twins, but it seems important throughout the work. Both Rat and the narrator share the same love in pinball. But for Rat, it’s just a game while the narrator feel something special about this pinball machine. In the end, the author did a good job of exploring the issue of transference in this short piece, with regard to the narrator’s girlfriend and the pinball machine.
Again the characters are quirky and bonded with plot in such a manner that a reader cannot find a flaw in that. With his short and simple way of writing, Murakami certainly made clear that “Simplicity Rules”. It’s again a stress reliever, after reading it, one will feel himself slightly above the ground and in the air. This book is a perfect fora beach read, or a perfect read on a rainy day for each raindrop reflects every word the text contains. This book clearly shows author’s development as a writer. I enjoyed the story-telling and writing style of Murakami.
4 out of 5!