Haruki Murakami is one of the most prominent writers of this century. He is a Japanese writer and received several notable awards such as the Franz Kafka Prize, the World Fantasy Award, Gunzou Prize for New Writers, and more. His works focus on genres such as realism, surrealism, postmodernism, Bildungsroman, and more. Some of his notable works are Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, 1Q84, and more. In this article, we are going to read about 5 books recommended by Haruki Murakami.

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami - The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami – The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky’s most famous work is Crime and Punishment but The Brothers Karamazov is certainly a must-read and loved by readers as it focuses on themes like murder, mystery, and courtroom drama. It also includes an erotic rivalry concerning a love triangle that involves the sentimental as well as wicked Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons – spontaneous Dmitri, unemotionally rational Ivan, and vigorous and red-cheeked youthful learner Alyosha. Through this story, Dostoevsky covers the Russian culture, the golden age, and its tragic turning point.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Books Haruki Murakami recommended – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is Scott Fitzgerald’s third book which is his most popular book to date and it brought him supreme achievement as a writer. This book is a great example of the Jazz Age and is considered a 20th-century classic. The story focuses on a wealthy man named Jay Gatsby who found his new love in a beautiful lady named Daisy Buchanan. It concentrates on the aesthetic of 1920 America when gin was considered as the national drink and the newfound obsession of Americans was sex, as noted by the New York Times.

The Castle – Franz Kafka

5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami - The Castle – Franz Kafka
5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami – The Castle – Franz Kafka

The Castle by Franz Kafka was left unfinished in 1922 and it was not published until the year 1926, which is two years after his demise. It is a memorable story of K’s persistent, unavailing fight back with a hard-to-make-out influence to achieve admission to the Castle. Carefully following the flexibility and breathlessness of the lightly punctuated original manuscript, the new translation of Mark Harman reveals levels of visual power, energy, and comedy, which was formerly unknown to the English readers.

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
Books Haruki Murakami recommended – The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

It is Christmas time and Holden Caulfield has been barred from yet another school. Escaping from Pencey Prep he settles around New York City and seeks solace in strangers, hotels, roaming around in Central Park, getting wounded by pimps and cut down by previous girlfriends. The city is charming with its beautiful hollowness and sordid glamour, its fused sense of opportunity, and barrenness. Holden lives like a ghost, always remembering his small sister Phoebe who is the only one who understands him, and his willpower to run away from the phonies and find the true meaning of existence.

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami - The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
5 Books Recommended by Haruki Murakami – The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

This novel by Chandler focuses on a down-and-out drunk character named Terry Lennox. Lennox is facing problems in his life after the demise of his wife and all he wants is to move out of Los Angeles as soon as possible. So, for help and guidance, he turns to his only true friend Philip Marlowe, who by profession is a private investigator. Marlowe offers his help to Lennox but when Lennox commits suicide in Mexico things went downhill and dirty. To reach the truth Marlowe went inside the crowd of riches, alcoholics, and adulterers because he was certain Lennox did not kill his wife. How far Marlowe will go to find out the truth?

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