[[ download Pdf ]] ふしぎな図書館Fushigi na toshokanAuthor Haruki Murakami – Gsagency.co

From Internationally Acclaimed Author Haruki Murakami A Fantastical Illustrated Short Novel About A Boy Imprisoned In A Nightmarish Library Opening The Flaps On This Unique Little Book, Readers Will Find Themselves Immersed In The Strange World Of Best Selling Haruki Murakami S Wild Imagination The Story Of A Lonely Boy, A Mysterious Girl, And A Tormented Sheep Man Plotting Their Escape From A Nightmarish Library, The Book Is Like Nothing Else Murakami Has Written Designed By Chip Kidd And Fully Illustrated, In Full Color, Throughout, This Small Format, Page Volume Is A Treat For Book Lovers Of All Ages


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  1. says:

    A rich and delicious snack that defies categorisation.It has elements of Kafka, Borges, Roald Dahl, Hillaire Belloc and Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, with a dash of Orwell but one digit out It looks like a beautifully designed and illustrated children s book, though it s rather dark for small children, and YA feels wrong as well I think it s a book for adults who like slightly sinister tales and want to recapture a taste of the frisson of fear they relished when young.StoryThe story is a fairly simple fable a boy goes to the public library because he was idly wondering about the Ottoman tax collection system, and his mother always said, If you don t know something, go to the library to look it up He knows the place well, but on this occasion, he s sent to a reading room, via an enormous underground labyrinth, escorted by a sinister old man It s not just the corridors that take a worrying turn, and he tries to quell his fears by rationalising the improbability of a public body being able to afford so much secret space Is it magical, a hallucination, real in a parallel world Will he live or die PhysicalityThe story is set pre Google, and it should probably be read as if Kindles and audio books don t exist either.This is a book you need to hold, touch, and smell My edition illustrated at the top of this review has an old fashioned library card wallet glued to the outside front cover The illustrations are beautiful, very varied, only loosely related to the text, and mostly copied from books in the ancient London Library I recently attended a friend s birthday dinner there it was a strange juxtaposition of enjoyments.Knowledge is good but maybe dangerous, too I just hope this book doesn t put anyone off seeking knowledge, either in general, or by visiting their local library It has that effect on the narrator, but that is partly because the punishment prescribed for him failing to acquire specific knowledge in a limited time was so grim yet also somewhat clich d Kafka, Borges and other parallels Minor spoilers but no than in the book s own blurb.The boy meets a the sheep man, a character in other Murakami books.There are several references to birds, but I haven t read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, so I don t know how tenuous that is.Room 107 has similarities with Orwell s Room 101.For genuinely child oriented illustrated tales in a similar, but poetic, vein, see Belloc s Cautionary Tales For something between those and this, see Tim Burton s The Melancholy Death of Oyster BoyandNeil Gaiman s Coraline.I read this before I d read Jorge Luis Borges, he of the labyrinthine library, so Theseus comes to mind, mainly towards the end, though navigating by licking the wall was novel Now that I have read Borges, and selva queried my lack of mention of him, the connection and homage is clear See my overview review of Borges stories HERE and of The Library of Babel HERE.However, Kafka was the strongest parallel for me surreal, incomprehensible situation, unfair punishment without recourse to defence, and sustenance food, flirting and, in Kafka, from a woman who may or may not be real.


  2. says:

    Mr Sheep Man, I asked, why would that old man want to eat my brains Because brains packed with knowledge are yummy, that s why They re nice and creamy And sort of grainy at the same time I have a confession to make The Strange Library is the first work of Haruki Murakami I ve ever read There, I ve said it One of my best friends, Sr an, kept pushing me to read something of Murakami s To Sr an, Murakami is a mythic figure I m certain he makes the sign of the cross every time the mere thought of Murakami enters his mind Most of my friends love him as well My mother has read nearly everything he has published I m awfully embarrassed to be so late jumping on the Murakami band wagon, but I m glad I made the leap I very much enjoyed THE STRANGE LIBRARY All the boy wanted was to borrow a book from the strange library Once inside, he entered the realm of a Sheepman who loves to make donuts, magical starlings , a crazy man who loves to eat creamy brains, and a mystical, wisp of a girl I ve never read anything quite like this before, and I found it to be quite funny and endearing Reality soon set in as tragedy struck the boy I don t know if what I read was real, a dream, or a nightmare What I do know, is that I am excited to visit Murakami s world again In fact, I think I will be visiting quite often over the next several years Thank you, Srdjan


  3. says:

    Why did something like this have to happen to me All I did was go to the library to borrow some books. Haruki Murakami has a fascinating ability to break open the natural world and let loose all the magic that we hope and suspect is lurking right under the surface The Strange Library is a cause for celebration in the Murakami ouveur, even just for the simple fact that its existence signals that the well respected novelist has achieved a superstar status in the world of reading even worth celebrating as this status is not commonly held these days by an author with such literary chops and depth of heart It is also satisfying to see the novel used as an art form beyond the printed word as Chip Kidd has done here this is nothing new or groundbreaking, such as B.S Johnson s book in a box The Unfortunates, but still refreshing In an age of digital books it is relieving to see publishers producing a reason to go out and buy the physical copy, offering so much than just the story for those who still enjoy the tangible paper Though the book is merely a single short story a story that works like a microcosm of all that is Murakami even if a bit watered down with a cover price just above a standard novel, it is a gorgeous work of art to support the content and proves that Murakami is enough of a household name to be able to release such an exciting collectors piece Flourishing under the art direction of Chip Kidd, the physical book itself is as whimsical as the story within and is truly something to take down from your shelf so you and your friends can marvel at it The back cover folds over the top and bottom of the book, creating a slip case like box out of the book itself, and each page corresponds to a full color image that reflects the current actions of the story These illustrations create a multi media experience that drives the book along and returns the reader to their childhood of being just as drawn in by the pictures as the story Plus the text is set in Typewriter , which is sure to tickle any fan While the illustrations are fun, some are used multiple times and some of it left me desiring a little The effort is there, the result is beautiful, but somehow it seems like it could have been easily taken to higher heights Like a blind dolphin, the night of the new moon silently drew near The story itself is simple a young boy gets locked in a library s reading room by an evil librarian who will eat his brains if the boy cannot memorize three thick books on Ottoman tax collection It is the type of plot you would find in a children s book, and what I enjoyed most was the way the story seems to play on the irrational fears you have as an over imaginative child, always wondering how even the most mundane events could suddenly break into a life or death fantasy full of heros and villans This is what Murakami does best in his works, particularly Wind Up Bird Chronicles He allows the reader to have all the fun of a children s book without sacrificing the literary merit or writing caliber All the Murakami trademarks are within, from oversensitive and passive protagonists and the alluring and mysterious women who aid them, to labyrinths and parallel worlds There is even an appearance by the Sheep Man from his early book A Wild Sheep Chase Particularly intriguing is the girl he meets in the prison who talks with her hands , Murakami making something magical than just meaning sign language as the hands are described as bearing a distinct, audible voice and her dialogue is denoted by blue ink The sheep man has his world I have mind And you have yours,toojust because I don t exist in the sheep man s world, it doesn t mean that I don t exist at all. With as simple of a discussion as that, Murakami lightly paints in parallel worlds and fantasy, keeping them vague enough to provoke the imagination and making them feel plausible in the world we live in Often, especially towards the beginning, the language feels a bit juvenile and flimsy, though it is key to remember that the narrator is a young teen Murakami has done well to keep an authentic atmosphere with this style instead of being unable or unwilling to separate himself and his voice from his characters The character of the narrator reflects many of Murakami s common motifs, especially the boy s passive nature As the Sheep Man and the boy are both those who do what they are told, especially if doing so will earn them praise despite not actually agreeing with their actions, they have been led into the servitude and imprisonment of the evil librarian However, they realize they deserve than to be pushed around and the boy, Sheep Man and the mysterious girl unite with one another to escape and overthrow their oppressors This all makes for a wonderful statement about not sitting silent under the authority of tyranny, finding your voice and forging your own way in the world even if it means overthrowing those above you The epilogue of sorts that appears in small print on the final page is a devastating little paragraph that sinks the reader in melancholy yet reminds them of Murakami s ultimate message that it is through meaningful human interaction, friendship, love and bravery that we conquer the darkness of the world We all must care for one another, like the narrator cares for his parakeet and his mother cares for him.While the content of the book is a bit slim and reads like a children s novel, all the hallmarks of classic Murakami are within This is not a book for everyone, mostly those already fascinated by the worlds of it s author and I would not recommend it as a starting point for those wishing to take their first dip into Murakami s words However, it is a book to hold and marvel, and if you allow yourself to, it sure is a hell of a lot of fun This was the perfect companion for a day stuck in bed with a savage bout of flu, and for those needing a brief little smile of a book to brighten the day and return them to the emotions and actions that first connected them with loving books as a child, then this is a perfect choice.3.5 5 Apparently The Strange Library is occasionally categorized as Children s Literature that you to Praj for the insight While reading the book, I was under the impression Library published solo with Kidd s artistry as an excuse to put it out without need of a full fledged short story collection While the story would have felt at home between the covers of The Elephant Vanishes, it also works quite well as a children s novel This would account for the slender standard Murakami themes, and also why this book is general devoid of the sex scenes and sexuality that is usually present within his work, as well as the novel like plot complete with problem and climax as opposed to a slice of life short story structure.


  4. says:

    Hmmmmmmm.My first Haruki Murakami story turned out to be a really dark and weird reading experience, but the I think about it, perhaps I do get it.

    I think a grown man see shoe illustration is reliving a sad childhood memory.

    I think the setting in the bowels of THE STRANGE LIBRARY represents loneliness.

    I think the nasty ogre with scary eyes means to show us fear.

    I think the starling represents worry and loss.

    I think the sheep brings memories of kindness that absorb pain, and

    I think the beautiful voiceless girl represents love, strength and all that has been lost.

    And ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don t know something, go to the library and look it up

    I ll be dam, I think I have to give this 4 Stars.


  5. says:

    Like a blind dolphin, the night of the new moon silently drew near.THIS WAS SO WEIRD BUT I REALLY LIKED IT This was my first time reading Murakami, and I m definitely interested in reading of his works.


  6. says:

    Ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don t know something, go to the library and look it up The Strange Library is a children s illustrated novel written by Haruki Murakami The story centers around a boy who finds himself imprisoned in a labyrinth like library The book centers around strange, dark themes and words for a children s book Some regular Murakami esque features are present here in their full glory.The moralIt is hard to tell what the moral of this strange tale is It could be that Curiousity and the thirst for knowledge can land you in some difficult places However, I had a feeling the book made a strong point of not giving in to submission when confronted with strangers Why do I act like this, agreeing when I really disagree, letting people force me to do things I don t want to do I m not very good at giving anyone a clear no Easter EggsThe book has a few themes that can be attributed to some of Murakami s inspirations The tricky thing about mazes is that you don t know if you ve chosen the right path until the very end If it turns out you were wrong, it s usually too late to go back and start again That s the problem with mazes The library s labyrinthine structure is a nod to Jorge Luis Borges The Library of Babel Labyrinths were a common theme of Borges work The manner in which the protagonist is imprisoned is reminiscent of Franz Kafka s The Trial As it happens, Kafka is a regular feature in Murakami s work and hard coded influence in his writing.The Sheep Man is another Murakami character who has made multiple appearances First introduced in A Wild Sheep Chase, this distinctive half man, half sheep character is an enigma among Murakami fans Even though his motives are unknown, he is often known to aid the protagonists on their journey and give valuable advice.The book has another subtle reference I lie here by myself in the dark at two o clock in the morning and think about that cell in the library basement About how it feels to be alone, and the depth of the darkness surrounding me Darkness as pitch black as the night of the new moon How does Dale Cooper like his coffee in Twin Peaks Black as midnight on a moonless night Twin Peaks has been a heavy influence on Haruki Murakami s work from The Wind Up Bird Chronicle onwards We are crazy about Twin Peaks in Japan Do you remember the room with red curtains and the dancing dwarf That s the room I mean when I think about subconsciousness There is something strange and special in yourself David Lynch knows that too and so we can both create those images, the same images Haruki Murakami, 1994 here is a link to the interview


  7. says:

    The Strange Library is the collector s keepsake to add to the library of every Haruki Murakami fan, and a delightful gift to a reader who can appreciate a well told imaginative short story in a creatively packaged edition.When translation of The Strange Library was announced with a release of just mere months after his most recent novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, it was like Christmas came early for me As with most Chip Kidd designed Murakami covers, The Strange Library had a unique look and feel to it, and it won me over as I delved deeper into the story a fairy tale, urban legend of sorts, one that mothers would tell their children to scare them good into behaving It s quite unlike Murakami, yet, so very Murakami at the same time A solitary boy, a mystifying girl, a sheep man and a bird, all entwined in a fantastical, simplistic plot all nods to past Murakami works The accompanying illustrations are visually impactful, and add much value to the reading experience.Give this man his Nobel already Haruki Murakami s contribution to both Japanese and contemporary literature is far and beyond.


  8. says:

    This time unlike the last the call came in the morning while I was eating a banana Christmas breaks were over, my partner was back at work and I still had a month before I had to teach again Happy New Year Brendon , came the distinctive voice And to you Moriko , I replied Oh Brendon, you remembered I am Moriko It means child of the forest Moriko I haven t even taken The Strange Library out of it s plastic cover yet Your research skills are still good, but your timing seems to be slightly off I mocked in a friendly manner Brendon, I am quite aware of that fact You have yet to finish Century Rain But you are close to finishing and I wanted to make you a proposal I would like you to come to our laboratory and read Murakami s new novel in our new instrument Doctors Sato and Kato have been working very hard on getting it ready And we would compensate you for your time of course I hesitated a little After all what instrument would a marketing research company be making Sensing my pause Moriko added It s for Science Damn, she knows how to play me And besides my mother raised me to be agreeable.Moriko gave me the address in the city and asked me to be there at 9 00 am the next day.I was up early the next day to ride the train into the city It was unusually quite on the train, only a few people either napping or with their headphones in I guess there is a lot of people taking extended holidays When the train arrived I navigated myself towards the address that Moriko gave me to find that it was just around the corner from Kinokuniya It was a large unassuming modern building, a foyer full of marble I navigated my way to the elevators, my shoes making a noticeable clomp I pushed the button for the 14th floor and waited patiently.The doors opened directly into a reception area It was beige and there was no signage I was paranoid that I had the wrong place But then the woman at the reception looked up and I knew that I was in the correct place Brendon It is a pleasure to finally meet you Moriko wore a small orange hat and had a distinctive port wine stain on the left side of her face Despite this, and yet possibly because of this, she was achingly beautiful Well, no time for delays The Doctors are waiting And she guided me down a set of corridors with carpeted walls in an avocado shade At the end of one corridor were a pair of doors like those in a hospital She pushed them open and guided me through.The room was large and the left side was dominated by a large array of electronics But not modern electronics It looked like someone had looted a physics laboratory from the early Fifties It was a mess with red and black wires while oscilloscopes dotted the array In front of this stood two Japanese men in laboratory coats The men looked so similar that they could have been brothers, just a shade off looking like identical twins This is Doctor Sato And this is Doctor Kato The man on the left bowed first and then the one on the right bowed a little deeper This earned a reproachful look from the other Unfortunately they do not speak English, so I will act as an interpreter through the procedure said Moriko with a smile If you would follow me please Moriko guided me away from the electronics to the other side of the laboratory There was what seemed to be a raised circular platform on this side, but as we got closer I could see that it was hollow And as we got even closer it was evident that the hole was deeper than floor level Moriko picked up something from the floor It appeared to be a swimming cap with the same red and black wire mess as the electronics on the other side of the room Put this on and climb down the rope ladder into the instrument You will find there is a copy of The Strange Library at the bottom As I descended the ladder I noticed that the beige walls of the hole slowly resolved themselves into an array of some kind as the light level dwindled I also noticed that the temperature of the air was dropping as well as that of the walls In fact as I climbed further the walls appeared to be made of stone When I reached the bottom I was in near darkness How am I meant to read down here I yelled upwards.Moriko s head popped into the small circle of white light Dr Sato tells me that there is a small book light beside the book.I was getting a little tired of this charade I reached around but found nothing other than the masonry walls But as I turned around I kicked something I knelt down and felt the familiar feeling of a hardcover book And beside it was what I presumed to be the light I found a switch and turned it on It was then that I noticed the rope ladder ascending Hey Don t trap me down here I yelled.Moriko s head came into view Dr Kato tells me that the rope interferes with your aura readings Aura readings I exclaimed.Moriko s head disappeared for a few seconds Oh no Sorry my translation was not good Alpha wave readings I may have mumbled something under my breath at this point And it may have been amplified by the instrument enough for Moriko to hear Please just relax and get comfortable and read the book Brendon Doctors Sato and Kato are ready So there I was, down the bottom of a 10 metre well in an office block with a swimming cap on my head reading Murakami s new book Despite my surroundings, even the dirt floor of the well, after a few minutes I found that I was very comfortable and I soon lost myself in the story It was only a short story and it was interspersed with illustrations throughout I had finished it in a short time, possibly half an hour or so It was hard to tell in my sensory depriving environment Moriko came to the top of the well soon after I had finished Doctor Kato has printed out your scans and asked me to go through your thoughts on the book with you Firstly I want to ask whether you enjoyed the premise That a library has a hidden darker side Yes, I did enjoy that I remember the library that I visited as a child had a door which I can only surmise as an adult led to a staff room But as a child I was fascinated by what was behind that door It was an open plan library, so a door to a separate section intrigued me greatly Maybe there was a room with an old man who finds books behind there Indeed there may have been chuckled Moriko Our readings show that this library was torn down about ten years ago Yes, that is correct A new one was built, but it was not the same It had lost it s magic I only visited it a handful of times By then I was earning my own money and buying books instead And our reading show that you met a familiar person while reading this Yes, I replied The Sheep Man featured in it I am sure he was in another of Murakami s that I have read Was it Dance, Dance, Dance I am not the person to ask I have not read any of Murakami s books myself I have to maintain a professional distance Oh And tell me Brendon What did you think of the resolution of the story Did it leave you satisfied Well, I guess so It was neat and wrapped up It was still suitably ambigious enough for a Murakami story though The whole thing was only a short story of his It was padded out by the illustrations And it was nothing new from Murakami More of the same really But I did love the library and the idea of it s hidden side Yes, we can see from our reading that this did resonate with you I will lower the ladder now Brendon Doctor Sato assures me that they have all the reading they need Thank you Moriko But despite the ladder coming down I felt a calm relaxation and sat at the bottom of the well for a few minutes It was quiet and dark it was unusually comfortable.When I climbed out Moriko said with a smile You liked it in the instrument didn t you Yes, there is something comfortingly primeval about it Dr Kato said that he was inspired to build the instrument during his time in an internment camp during World War II Would you like to hear about it No thank you Moriko I don t believe I have the time for a World War II flashback Very well Brendon Follow me Moriko lead me out of the laboratory and the doctors both gave me a bow I returned a bow to them making sure it was as least as low as theirs I remember that from something I have read At the reception Moriko handed my some gift vouchers for Kinokuniya and thanked me again She then called the elevator for me and wished me goodbye.I went around the corner and purchased The Victorians and Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension And I also got a frozen yogurt.


  9. says:

    what a strange little book i think i enjoyed the illustrative presentation of the book than the story itself, but it was a quick intro to murakami and i am looking forward to reading his other works 3 stars


  10. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Thoughts on Translation The Strange Library by Haruki MurakamiPublished December 2nd 2014 My first Murakami experience I ve always avoided Murakami I m not sure why Maybe because I don t read Japanese Or maybe it s because I m very particular about the use of stream of consciousness and magic realism in a story Saramago is to stream of consciousness what Borges is to magic realism Jos Saramago is for me the Nirnava when it comes to the stream of consciousness narrative technique and Borges is the magic realism counterpart Everyone else I always found wanting when it came to these two types of narrative You can read the rest of this review elsewhere.