Hear the Wind Sing

Hear the Wind Sing And, Pinball, 1973

Omnibus ed

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Synopsis

'If you're the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly.

That's who I am.'

Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind, despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he had enjoyed playing years earlier: the three-flipper Spaceship.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099590392
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
Edition: Omnibus ed
DEWEY: 895.635
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 13836
Number of pages: xvi, 162
Weight: 236g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 23mm