– Haruki Murakami, from the story “Chance Traveler” in book Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
I’ve been binging on everything Haruki Murakami that I could find these past few months; I’ve consumed about 5 of them in this time, and I can’t get enough. I think that Murakami is one of the best writers of our time. He paints the most vivid pictures with his words – no easy feat, since he originally wrote all this in Japanese. Actually, in this case I must give credit to everybody that translates his work into English; it is mind-boggling for me to try to accept that these lucidly-conjured words were adapted from a completely different tongue.
Anyway, this quote and the passage around it, from his short story, Chance Traveler, which I read within a book with several short stories within, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, really struck a chord with me.