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?
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.