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Murakami Diary Review
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Needing a diary is up to you, but take a look at Murakami Diary for iOS
If the phrase Norwegian Wood conjures sounds of Mersey beat or Scandinavian forests, rather than taking you back to Sixties Tokyo and tales of awkward love, you’re not the target audience for this.
The point being that fans of Japanese author Haruki Murakami are the only ones who are going to appreciate what separates Murakami Diary from a standard, run-of-the-mill calendar that you can attach tasks to, because it is themed around the writer’s works.
Absolutely everything here has been designed with the Murakami fan in mind. The aesthetic has the same minimal motifs that have adorned the book covers of his Western releases, and Murakami passages are found on the majority of days throughout the year (though not on each day, oddly enough). These passages have been plucked from all of his works, including Kafka on the Shore, Dance Dance Dance and 1Q84, and those who are unfamiliar with the author will also be pleased to find links to his books, should any passage prove particularly eye-catching. Some short stories can be found on other days, while extra designs also punctuate further days on the calendar. Some days are left blank altogether, which helps contribute to the fresh, light, and clean look of the diary itself.
Is it worth picking up if you haven’t read Murakami’s novels? Only if you don’t already have a diary app of some kind, because there’s nothing here beyond a fan service that pushes Murakami Diary above the competition. The passages here are simply too light to give a full-bodied introduction to the author’s work, which is at its best when Murakami has room to set the atmosphere and mood.
Condensed to bite-size chunks, Murakami Diary offers an interesting window into his world, but not one that really conveys the genius of his work. And beyond that? It’s just a diary. A nice-looking diary, sure, but just a diary. No more, no less.
For fans, the touches make it a great diary, but for everyone else, it’s too light of an introduction.
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