The works of Kurt Vonnegut

Dear Mr. Murakami. After college, it was the works of Kurt Vonnegut that really got me into reading for enjoyment and expansion of my world view. Later, I was introduced to your works, and found myself consuming and enjoying them in much the same way. While you are both vastly different authors with vastly different styles and stories, I tend to see a lot of parallels between your work and Vonnegut's. Have you read Vonnegut, and do you agree with these observations? I believe it to be the insightful social commentary, the references to other works, and the dark comedic undertones. Any thoughts?
(Chris Paul、男性、34歳、Consultant)

Dear Chris,

In the late 1960’s, I was introduced to the works of Kurt Vonnegut and fell in love with them. They were so original, unique, funny and striking. Also I loved the works of Richard Brautigan. They were a kind of mentors to me, when I was in my teens. I have learned a lot from their writings.

As you wrote, my style and stories are very much different from theirs. But, I believe, in the roots, we are still sharing the same landscape of the late 1960’s, which were radical, brilliant and gentle.

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