On Reading Haruki Murakami: What does it mean to follow an author’s canon of work?

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Haruki Murakami’s books are a blend of modern culture, and fantasy. Arguably, Murakami is Japan’s most famous author, his writing resonates on a frequency that is distinctly “Murakami.”

Over the past 30 years, Murakami has written 13 novels including: Norwegian Wood (1987), Sputnik Sweetheart (1999), Kafka on the Shore (2002), 1Q84 (2009), and his most recent Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki (2013).

In this episode I have a special guest! Lee Matos (“Murakami superfan”, and philosopher of life) is here to discuss the meta-question: What does it mean to follow an author’s canon of work? We examine that question through the work of Haruki Murakami.

In this episode you’ll takeaway:

  • Which Murakami book is the best?
  • A review of Murakami’s latest book: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
  • Our discussion on reading non-fiction books vs. fiction books
  • The benefits of deep-reading – When should you read an author’s complete body of work?

Books Mentioned in this Episode


  • What’s up On Books! Thoughts on the episode? What would be your Murakami recommendations for noobies?