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The Storm, The Well: Haruki Murakami Double-Header

For this edition of Wednesday Wisdom, I’m going to feature some quote by one of my favourite authors: Haruki Murakami. 

I first came to his work when I was a teenager,  floating around the web when I came across the title of one of his books, “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”.

Immediately, the title grabbed me. This being a result of my indiscriminate love for Japanese culture and fascination with Alice in Wonderland. I decided I liked Mr. Murakami’s work on the spot (without even having read any of it) and immediately went out to buy something he had written.  Hard-boiled Wonderland wasn’t in stock, so I ended up buying Kafka on the Shore instead.  The first quote is from that book.

Despite the sort of shallow scope of my teenage brain that led me to spontaneously decide I loved Haruki Murakami in the first place, I did end up loving his work. His magic-surrealist form of writing, combined with the themes of nostalgia, philosophy, modern-day contrivance and his lack of fear to cross and mash up cultural barriers has had me reading his books and using them to gain insight into myself ever since. 

It’s funny how sometimes you just know you’ll like an author, even before you’ve read any of their books. I had the same feeling about Kurt Vonnegut as well, and wouldn’t you know it? I was right there too.  Sometimes there are authors whose books seem to resonate at the same frequency as your brain. You’ll find yourself having these profound moments later when thinking about their work, where you suddenly seem to find a glimpse of the universal synchronicity that makes up reality, like stealing a glimpse from behind an invisible curtain that’s blown up with a sudden draft.  

Then, before you know it, the curtain comes crashing down again, and you lose sight of this eternal secret that ties in to the experience of being alive, or being human. I like to think that certain authors are like the little gusts of wind that keep blowing back the curtain from time to time. 

The first image was taken from inside the temple on Miyajima, looking out into the harbour (the gates you see in the middle are the famous submerged torii gates that guard the island. Google ‘Miyajima torii‘ and you’ll know the ones).

The second image was taken at the Yamaguchi city train station.

As usual, click on the image to go to the full-size version in Google Drive, which you can download for your desktop. 

Are there certain authors who resonate for you? Comment below with your reading suggestions. I have a vacation coming up next week, and I ‘d love to get a couple new books.

p.s. This post is part of a weekly series I do of free wallpapers featuring one of my photos and a famous quote.  Click on the image above to download the full-sized wallpaper.  

 

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