"It was a me outside of me... it was me in a form that shouldn't have been me!"

Two Worlds…

Thematically, Murakami’s work is often dream-like, with a mystical logic that is never fully explained. There are often two worlds (though we never see this other world, but things are a “different way”). Usually the protagonist ends up searching for a woman or a missing person who has gone to this other world. Other times something has happened in this reality to hint at the other one. Sometimes there is a “dark force,” or people loosely associated with some dark force that the protagonist either ignores or simply contends with. Sometimes there is a higher being/idea actively intervening in the protagonist’s life. Nothing really directly influencing LOST, but a little of the same kind of mystery driven story-telling.

A recurring theme in his work are mirrors. The Mirror is an example of a short story, which specifically talks about the concept of looking at oneself in the mirror and thinking that something isn’t quite right, or not quite how you “ought” to be, specifically in connection with this “other world.”

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