The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

  • by Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by John Chancer
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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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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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- marina

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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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-07-2006
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks