Book Number 17: Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami

Book number: 17

Book name: Birthday Girl

Author: Haruki Murakami

Book Length: 64 pages

Time taken to read: July 1, 2020 – July 1, 2020

Genre: Surrealism/short story

Recommended to: Haruki Murakami has always been one of my all time favorite authors, who effortlessly makes you wonder how he must have thought about everything he writes about. And I am a staunch Murakami fan and this is my 5th book by him. It was basically written in 2002 in Japanese language on Murakami’s 70th birthday.

The best part about this story is I could finish it in one sitting only, but the descriptions of downpour, the room number, the owner of the restaurant and the main character is so clear in my head even till now while writing about it.
And that is what Murakami does to you; he leaves you with a story inside his stories that you will always find yourself in it searching for the answer.

I would not talk about the storyline or what I loved the most as the story itself is a short story.

Inspired me to learn about: Yet again, it proves that my interest in reading his work would never decrease. I’ve already read:

1) Kafka on the Shore
2) 1Q84 (Vol 1)
3) 1Q84 (Vol 2)
4) 1Q84 (Vol 3)
5) Norwegian Woods
And now this is the 6th book ‘Birthday Girl’

Takeaway from the book:

“Whipped by the wind, raindrops tapped unevenly at the window pane. As long as she remained silent, the old man looked into her eyes, saying nothing. Time marked its irregular pulse in her ears.”

Only Murakami is the only author in my eyes with whom I connect so much. That’s probably my interest of writings are as similar as what he writes about and to grow myself to become a little better everyday, I fall for Murakami’s work.

Once a Murakami fan, always a Murakami fan.

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Sumit Yadav(25), popularly known as SumitOfficial, is a blogger from Mumbai who has been writing since 5 years, and has posted 600+ Blog Posts till now. He is an MBA and works in an Educational Industry in Mumbai as a Senior Career Consultant. His spare-time activities include creative things like -- Acting, Photographing, mimicking, singing. He has worked with Radios, appeared on National TV, interviewed authors, appeared on newspapers for multiple activities, and has written reviews for magazines. Also, he's been consistently writing offline in his journals for more than 875+ days now. He believes in Continuous Progression, and Exponential Growth. 

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19 thoughts on “Book Number 17: Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami”

  1. Few days back only I was scrolling my YouTube and came across channel Mostly sane where protagonist says she is big fan of Murakami which reminded me of you.
    And she also said she likes buying books from original publication like you.

    You completed 17 books finally, good!
    We still gotta maintain our speed to complete our target!
    Read more and keep reviewing.

    (P.S- You are so influenced by the author here that you forgot to actually review the book and kept praising the author. )

    Take care!

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    1. I remember how you loved watching her videos. And that’s so nice nah that it reminded me of my unusual choices of buying new and original books.

      And how would I not complete it, after all I was on 13 when told to read quickly and here I am again. The remaining 33 will be completed soon.

      Hahah! Did I actually forget to do that? God! I’m so stupid.

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  2. Yayyy! The 17th Book is done finally. I’m impressed by your speed and efficiency. 🥳 When you do things, you put all your heart into it. Loved the review, Sir. I am so curious to know why you are so obsessed with this writer. You’re going head over heels writing praise words for him. How cute! 😂

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  3. Hey Sumit.!
    How have you been?
    Long time haa.
    You’re being missed.

    I hope you are absolutely fine.

    17th book..!! Sumitttttttt..!!!!!
    Wow…I am impressed.
    I am too learning to write book reviews and taught remember?
    But for this…I need to be consistent while reading haina?
    And I am not consistent.

    And is my inspiration.!! Don’t look here and there! I am talking about you Sumit.
    You are my inspiring wonder.

    After reading this review…I think, I should plan this as my next grab.
    I’ll read this super soon.

    Take care of yourself Sumit.
    Let’s talk soon.
    See you around✨

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    1. Hi Anushka!

      Have you ever imagined someone going away from home and after years he come back to the place and touches everything?

      I’m feeling like that on the blog today. It takes a lot of guts for me to revisit everything I had left behind. But I’m facing and appreciating the love again.

      For your beautiful comment, I just have to say one thing- Oh, Anushka. Thank you for being there.


      1. And that’s you are doing today. It feels so good Sumit. I can feel this from your comments.

        Just take your time. And you know that the love we have for you will always be constant. You’ll find us here always.

        I’m always around Sumit.

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  4. I am also a big Murakami fan! But I have been somewhat ‘disappointed’ by that short story. I actually liked more the extra info Murakami wrote into the book than the story itself… I feel like the power of his words translates better into longer stories!

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    1. Hi, Benleander! I’m glad that you’re fond of his work. And yes, this was a short read as compared to the other work that he has published.

      He’s good with the long ones because he has this habit of getting into the details, layer by layer.


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