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:

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

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

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  3. +1 Cutty Sark

    also: The Cleaners

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  4. How could I forget Cutty Sark?!

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

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

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  7. No sheep? How could there be no sheep?

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  8. 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.

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

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

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  11. spaghetti dinner...

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

    Great piece!

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

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

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

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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

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

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

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  20. 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

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  21. The shape of the breasts??

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  22. Good one but honestly, no Sheep?!?

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  23. everyones smoke: seven stars :)

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  24. Great! I recognize manya novels of Murakami.

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  25. surprised nobody said lesbian moment

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  26. 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

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

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