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  • Publisher : Knopf; First American Edition
  • Published : 23 Nov 2021
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN-10 : 0593320425
  • ISBN-13 : 9780593320426
  • Language : English

Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Murakami takes readers through a sartorial journey, sharing memories and musings through the lens of the clothes he has accumulated over the years."--Anna P. Kambhampaty, The New York Times

"Murakami T: The T-shirts I Love, is part ode, part exhibit that reads with restrained affection for his accidental accumulations...The diaristic entries have the simplicity of a show-and-tell, with Murakami's spare prose offering a material history of his closet...Haruki Murakami's understated love letters to his T-shirts convey how we give life to our things and vice versa."--Charlene K. Lau, The Atlantic

"This lively peek into his collection provides some surprising insights into the humble, real Murakami...A playful, witty, nostalgic journey with an acclaimed novelist." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Murakami's charming, utterly self-effacing eccentricity-one of the hallmarks of his fiction-shines brightly here..." -Bill Ott, Booklist

"Murakami's many fans will eat up this charming ramble." -Publishers Weekly

Readers Top Reviews

I read this in an hour. The ‘essays’ are lifted from a series of magazine articles Murakami wrote. They discuss for the most part where he was when he bought the t shirt. No real insights into his writing. The book itself is quite nicely designed. What would be much more interesting would be to have the two books on jazz that Murakami has written translated and published.
Jay Quintana
I would say this is about as good as a book about T-shirts can be, but, there's nothing all that special about Murakami's collection. Other than they reflect his whimsy and eccentricity. There are only a couple of shirts here that I wish I had. Of course, this book is more about Murakami's take on them than the shirts themselves. His takes are fun, off beat, and not meant to be taken seriously. As long as you don't expect this to be more than its title, I think you'll enjoy it. Bear in mind that while this would probably be called a coffee table book, its dimensions are smaller than most books in that genre.

Short Excerpt Teaser

I'm not particularly interested in collecting things, but there's one sort of running motif in my life: despite my basic indifference, objects just seem to collect around me, of their own volition. Stacks and stacks of LP records-so many I'll never listen to them all; books I've already read and will probably never open again; a ragtag assemblage of magazine clippings; dinky little pencils so worn down they don't fit into a pencil sharpener anymore-all kinds of things just keep on piling up. Like the character Urashima Taro in the Japanese fairy tale, who can't help himself from rescuing a little turtle on the beach, I find myself somehow resigned to it. Carried away by some emotion I can't even name, I wind up gathering things around me. Though I'm well aware that collecting hundreds of stubs of pencils doesn't serve any possible purpose.

T-shirts are one of those objects that just naturally pile up. They're cheap, so whenever an interesting one catches my eye, I invariably buy it-plus people give me various novelty T-shirts from around the world, I get commemorative T-shirts whenever I finish a marathon, and I pick up a few at my destination when I travel, instead of bringing along extra clothes... Which is how, before I even realized it, the number of T-shirts in my life has skyrocketed, to the point where there's no room in my drawers for all of them anymore and I've had to store the overflow in stacked-up cardboard boxes. It's not at all like one day I simply made up my mind that Okay, I'm going to start a T-shirt collection. Believe me, that's not the case.

I doubt this book will be that useful to anyone (much less being of any help in solving any of the myriad problems we face at present), yet, that said, it could turn out to be meaningful, as a kind of reference on customs that later generations could read to get a picture of the simple clothes and fairly comfortable life one novelist enjoyed from the end of the twentieth century into the beginning of the twenty-first. But then again-maybe not. Either way works for me. I'm just hoping you can find some measure of enjoyment in this little collection.