Summary

A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.
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©1994 Haruki Murakami (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Welsh Mafia on 13-04-09

When I think about short stories?.

I met a cool guy for the first time, in a cool bar that I visited for only the second time last week. He?d read Kafka On The Shore and I felt cool because I knew Murakami?s work?did I betray myself or the writer in these feelings of self-pride? Well, yes, sort of. But he smoked rolled cigarettes and liked the 70?s rock music that a local band were playing
This collection of short stories are taken from the early to mid 1980s, pre-date Haruki Murakami?s substantive novels and are of real interest to those, like myself, who are taken with his much later and contemporary work. The patina of detachment runs through the narrative voice of all the stories, there are dips into a now familiar Kafka-esque world of invention and the style and flair of Fitzgerald. Measured only against Norwegian Wood and Dance, Dance, Dance it is true to say that this collection only glimpses the nascent talent which has come to dazzle ? but by any other standard that his own, each story is competent and some are bewilderingly brilliant.
Roll your own cigarettes and 70?s rock may never die?but the cool, crisp short story is an art form we can all love. And I did love this ? particularly The Dancing Dwarf.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By marina on 03-09-13

Weird In A Good Way

If you like magical realism, Japan and stories that are quirky and sometimes desolate you'll love it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 18-09-06

Beautiful Collection

I was amazed at the variety and significance of this collection. Yes, if you stop at the first story then, no you may not like it but some of the best gems are later on...A couple of these stories were even able to help me readjust my paranoia about turning 30. :) The last one in particular is a terriffic small mystery that keeps you guessing. I enjoy stories that focus on quirky and flawed characters, this is an excellent example of such a collection. No, many of them dont "go" anywhere, or you feel as though it stops just at the best part, however, it definetly allows you to use your own imagination to fill in the blanks or finish the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, it was a terrific comanion piece to read just after Kafka on the Shore.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By A. Webber on 10-11-06

Wonderful Listen

I really enjoyed this collection. Murakami has a wonderful way of painting characters with incredible detail. I especially loved the Dancing Dwarf, a story with so many unexpected twists it kept me completely intrigued. I would highly recommend this one.

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