Friday, June 1, 2012

Haruki Murakami Bingo

I've spent the last few years devouring the books of Haruki Murakami. Twelve novels, three short story collections, and one memoir later, I came up with this comic. If you have yet to experience the genius of Murakami, keep this Bingo card handy as you delve into his work. I recommend starting with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, or Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. You can find this comic in print in Sunday's New York Times Book Review.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely, thanks, though I kinda of missed "listless, unemployed protagonist", and "reveries of Tokyo student life during the revolutionary sixties."

Toni P said...

^ agree! activism in the 60's/70's

Anonymous said...

Cutty Sark

Anonymous said...

+1 Cutty Sark

also: The Cleaners

Grant said...

How could I forget Cutty Sark?!

Anonymous said...

Will this be available as a poster? I must have it.

Grant said...

Anonymous: Yes, it is available - just follow the ordering instructions at my poster shop.

Anonymous said...

No sheep? How could there be no sheep?

Crosby Kenyon said...

Hey Grant,

Looks like congrats are in order. I just discovered your strip for the first time in the NYTBR--April 1st edition. Very cool.

Reno said...

Murakami is one of my 'new' favourite authors - I've worked my way through five of his novels so far. This made me smile.

NellieVaughn said...

I love Murakami!

João said...

Another fan here!

Ellen said...

Awesome! I love Murakami. This bingo card is great! :)

Anonymous said...

spaghetti dinner...

Anna said...

Uh you mean John Gall cover, right? Come on :)

Great piece!

mtsut said...

What about sexy nurses in remote Japan sea coast nursing homes (1Q84)...?

Idlan said...

I'd recommend starting with A Wild Sheep Chase.. didn't quite enjoy Kafka on the Shore but 1Q84 was a brilliant comeback :)

renduh said...

A absolutely love it! It needs to be on a t-shirt immediately.

Antonio Sarabia said...

Where's the 'suicide' space?

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! Though, I am missing sheep. Can't believe there isn't a box for sheep. Really like the "cats", "talking to cats" and "vanishing cats" boxes though.

I am totally going to play this the next time I read a Murakami novel.

jaseinspace said...

I was in Tokyo with an old friend this weekend and we had a good laugh over your poster. If you have it made into a t-shirt, I'd snap up a couple. Cheers. My faves were the "ears" and "urban ennui." Really clever and fun. thanks.
jasontannenbaum@gmail.com

JIm said...

I think lift and library would be good additions - nice work!

Dany M said...

Thank you very much for this! It will be helpful since I plan to start reading some Murakami soon!

bllk said...

I disagree:

my tic tac toe goes:

-wife mysteriously leaves
-her creepy brother in law
-boils pasta and opens can of beer -and watches TV baseball

and:

-precocious teenager

Anonymous said...

The shape of the breasts??

The Laughing Eon said...

Good one but honestly, no Sheep?!?

Anonymous said...

everyones smoke: seven stars :)

Purificacion Menaya said...

Great! I recognize manya novels of Murakami.

Anonymous said...

surprised nobody said lesbian moment

Anonymous said...

Hi! I work in a swedish library, I think this bingo is great. I wonder if I could print out a handful of this comic (with full credits and link to this blog) and put the bingo on display together with Murakami's books in the library? I will of course respect your answer and not print out anything without your consent.

Kind regards
Britta

Gerardo Rosiles said...

How about single child or unhappiness with chosen major or job.