You're in for a treat, he's brilliant!
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I can fall almost completely into the minds of his wry-but-sensitive protagonists, his anything-goes-but-somehow-believable worlds, and the easy engrossing rhythm of his language.
A somewhat longer blog post I wrote about him some time back:
Very highly recommended. (I've already foisted away most of my copies of his books!)
Murakami can subtly shift your internal ebb and flow. I've read that at least one of his translators has stated that he believes reading Murakami's work can actually re-wire your brain and thought patterns. How does he do it? Reading him is like getting lost in someone else's dream, seeing the world from a mirror, or gazing into a bottomless well. Impossible to describe. My favorite author.
I've only read one story of his: Tony Takitani. It's a very haunting story and very cold and austere, if that makes sense. The film version was very good but couldn't have the impact of the short story since it was much longer. I hope to read more of Murakami's work.
His writing is impressively atmospheric. Reading his work is almost akin to being in the situations that only he can describe so well. Although sometimes inaccessible and almost willfully obscure, much of his writing describes human loneliness and longing with an almost painful accuracy.
Haruki Murakami is my favorite author, ever. I highly recommend all his books. If you have never read a Murakami novel, start with South of the Border, West of the Sun, probably his most accessible novel. If you feel ready for some of his crazier — but most amazing and worthwhile — works, I suggest The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle or Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.