- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (6 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843432692
- ISBN-13: 978-1843432692
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Disarming, amusing and reveals his lightness of touch." -- Scotland on Sunday
"Murakamis fictional world is extraordinary". -- The Sunday Times, 16th July 2006
"Sharp but humane observation as unforgettable as it is untypical." -- New Statesman
"it will undoubtedly confirm his reputation as literatures answer to David Lynch" -- Times Literary Supplement
'An intimate pleasure.' -- Ruth Scurr, Times
Stunningly crafted -- Good Book Guide
a gripping chase thriller
-- The Economist
Funny but also sad and wise. -- The Sunday Telegraph, July 16th 2006
The second audio of an eclectic, eccentric and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the bestselling Japanese author
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The publication dates of the stories are not given and, as Murakami says in his introduction (a nice touch), many of the stories have been significantly revised since their first publication. Thus, there is little coherence and tracing the author's development of style and themes is almost impossible, even with the aid of the bibliography in translator Jay Rubin's very interesting biography/literary study (also published by Vintage).
Murakami's short stories are very good, sometimes excellent, but it is in the sustained brilliance of his novels where his true value as a writer lies. The stories in here are, on the whole, up to Murakami's usual standard.
As in his novels, truly bizarre and unexplainable occurs in these stories. The most bizarre here is a talking monkey hiding in the sewers of a Tokyo suburb, but this is only one example. The more I read Murakami, the more I think this mystical, seemingly meaningful, content actually means nothing at all. This only marginally lessens its interest and mystery, though. Maybe one day I'll change my mind and be able unlock these conundrums (`like Zen koans', as one of the characters in this collection notes).
Throughout Murakami's work, a regularly re-occurring theme is things going missing without any explanation. It's no different in these stories. Sometimes it's things (name tags), often men (stockbrokers), usually women (girlfriends).Read more ›
Not bad, but not great either.....
In many of these stories, narrative tension is heightened by a refusal to explain strange events; Murakami's ghosts and mysteries remain what they are. In "Nausea 1979" for example, the reader will never know whether a serial adulterer has been cursed, or whether his nausea has something to do with his predilection for deceptive seduction. Murakami never gives answers to the reader's questions, and the result is memorable if puzzling at times.
The stories in this collection have all of Murakami's characteristic strangeness, but they combine the bizarre with a tight structure. They show the author at his best; not as a cult literary figure but as a really first-rate writer of short fiction. Highly recommended.
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I am very happy with my purchase! It arrived fast and the book was in super good condition! Thanks a lot!Published 12 months ago by Tijana
I think that this author is very interesting.
His short stories are always different and have subtle twists. Ihave read several of his books.
Apart from some exceptions I didn't really feel that this collection of short stories by Murakami reached the high water mark of After the Quake. a bit hit and missPublished 21 months ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
An inconsistent collection, with more than its fair share of duds, but the last six stories find Murakami at his bestPublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Terrence O