The Elephant Vanishes Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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"How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration" (Independent on Sunday)
"Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone" (Wall Street Journal)
"All the stories take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces: secret alleys that afford unexpected - and unsettling - views" (New York Times)
"Like the best thriller fiction, it nags you with the sensation that Something Nasty is about to happen" (Sunday Times)
"Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name" (Independent)
A dizzying collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinarySee all Product Description
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I was really drawn in to this book and couldn't put it down. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is that there are a few stories I didn't really get a lot of out but it certainly wasn't a chore to read them all the same.
I'm definitely going to go out and buy another book by this author. I hope that this is helpful to you!
Haruki Murakami, one of the most original and brilliant authors writing today, gives us an entirely different look at life in Japan in his collection of short stories, The Elephant Vanishes. These stories show us Japan "from the inside." What might seem exotic to both Americans and Europeans, such as oyster hot pot or pillows filled with buckwheat husks, becomes, in these stories, the stuff of everyday life. In fact, Haruki Marakami's Japan could be "anyplace," and one has to read eleven pages into this collection before the first reference to Japan is ever made.
In The Elephant Vanishes, Murakami's narrators are as much "Everyman" as are the narrators of his novels. They are young, urban and charmingly downwardly mobile. And, they are more likely to eat a plate of spaghetti than soba noodles. They listen to Wagner and Herbie Hancock but eschew Japanese rock music. They read Len Deighton and War and Peace rather than Kobo Abe and The Tale of the Genji. They are Japanese, to be sure, but all their points of reference seem to be exclusively Western and signature Murakami.
In the world of Haruki Murakami, bizarre events take place with striking regularity and, also with strikingly regularity, they are accepted as simply the stuff of everyday life. In The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women, the narrator's search for a missing cat leads him to a closed-off and neglected alleyway passing between the backyards of parallel houses.Read more ›
It's the first Murakami book I've read, and from now on I got addicted to his books. Murakami 's deadpan genius. King of the bizarre realm.
His stories take place in Japan, but could as well be everywhere else.
I found myself enthralled by the way he writes, captivated
To his ideas, fascinated by his way to see the unnatural in a so natural way.
The confusion of the young people in his stories is funny, touching and so familiar. Everything could happen; anything is for real if you can see it in your head. Everyone's normal, just the circumstances aren't...
It left me with the taste and desire for more! One by one I swallowed all of his other books.
I had never got disappointed from any of the others, but I found these short stories as the essence of all that I like about his books, and I keep reading it again and again.
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I am a big Murakami fan. But I prefer his longer work such as IQ84. The problem with short stories is that if one is good, it ends just as you are getting into it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S WESTLAND
dont really like short storys so not as good as some of the others by him i have read.but still good.Published 3 months ago by linda
Bought as a present for husband as he is a fan of this writer,he's very happy.Published 6 months ago by Laura Watts
Brilliant! Really weird. The characters are bizarre and the stories too. Would be a great one for a book club.Published 11 months ago by JennyB
I'm not even half way through, yet I love it already! Fantastic!Published 13 months ago by Mr. L. Le Brun
short stories, some are 'sketches' for later works. I did not enjoy this book as much as many of his othersPublished 13 months ago by Sting