Haruki Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto?

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Haruki Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto?

May 21, 2020, 4:39 pm

The writing styles of these two hugely popular Japanese writers have often been likened and compared to each other.

Which one do you prefer? Is there a reason why you prefer them?

May 22, 2020, 5:20 am

To be honest I really neither like either one.

I will say I believe Yoshimoto to be the better writer, however. She's much more fluid with her writing, and can write beautiful prose and express difficult emotions.

Murakami just writes a story and I feel doesn't much care about the beauty of his writing.

Edited: Jun 23, 2020, 12:43 am

I enjoy both authors, but have all the Murakami books, in both English & Japanese.

Murakami book Kafka on the Shore is my personal favorite.

But there are indeed stronger writers--- in my collection, I re-read Kokoro by Soseki annually. Also, I find Ibuse, Masuji, Dazai, Osamu, & Tanizaki to be great...

Murakami's short stories can be delightful.

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