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There are many reasons why Murakami’s novels and short stories are so comforting for me to read. As a writer, I love his narrative style and metaphysical concepts. As an artist, I love his surreal plots and music references, from classic rock to jazz to classical. As a foodie, I love that he includes such thorough descriptions of food, kind of like they are characters in themselves.

But as a quiet and quite-average person, I guess I’m also just really appreciative of the fact that he allows his most normal, average, ordinary human beings to be the protagonists of his stories. They can be apathetic as hell, lacking in friends, perhaps dull in personality, but they are still the main characters and narrators. They are still special enough, despite their apparent overwhelming ordinariness, to deserve their own little spotlight and voice. That’s kind of comforting. 

We all view ourselves in comparison to the best features of those around us, but in reality we’ve all got a little something that makes us us. 

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Finally got the English translation! And pardon the design porn but as usual, this book is just visually stunning. Now don’t mind me I’ll be reading the rest of the day. 
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"I closed my eyes and felt the warmth on my eyelids. Sunlight traveled a long distance to reach this planet; an infinitesimal portion of that energy was enough to warm my eyelids. I was moved. That something as insignificant as an eyelid had its place in the workings of the universe, that the cosmic order did not overlook this momentary fact. … Some limited happiness had been granted this limited life."

- Haruki Murakami Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hey you are not insignificant and you should all do this today/everyday.

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"Life’s no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe’s my own to fool with."
Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland
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"Sometimes, maybe once a month, he would wake at an odd time in the night with a feeling close to panic. I’m never going anywhere, he would tell himself. I can struggle all I want, but I’m never going anywhere. Then, he would either force himself to go to his desk and write, or drink until he could no longer stay awake. Except for these times, he lived a quiet, untroubled life."
"Honey Pie" - After the Quake - Haruki Murakami
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"It’s pretty thin, the wall separating healthy confidence and unhealthy pride."
Haruki Murakami
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"To deal with something unhealthy, a person needs to be as healthy as possible. That’s my motto. In other words, an unhealthy soul requires a healthy body."
Haruki Murakami - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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"I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void."
Haruki Murakami - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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"What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of the darkness inside me. I just happened to catch sight of it, and followed it, and clung to it, and in the end let it fly into still deeper darkness. I’m sure I’ll never see it again."
Haruki Murakami - “All God’s Children Can Dance” 
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"I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world."
Haruki Murakami 

(Source : theparisreview.org)