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Well, what can i say. 'The Elephant Vanishes' is lacklustre. After reading the last story, i was left feeling very dissapointed. First off let me just say that i'm a huge fan of Murakami, and that there is literally no other writer out there who i have been more aquainted. I've read a lot of Murukami's work, and i found this collection of short stories boring, weak, and without a hook to make me fall in love with any of the characters. In comparison to Murakami's other short story collection 'Blind Willow, sleeping woman' (of which i felt was vastly better), there is nothing entertaining here. Only one story in this collection made me scream 'YESSS!, Finally, we're back to the Murakami we love and know', and this was 'The second bakery attack'. I thought this was one of the best short stories i've ever read - period! It was clever, witty, quirky, and engaging. The idea of a couple of believe they are cursed and hold up thier local Mcdonalds restuarant in a desperate attempt to break the bad streak of luck was, i found, ingenious. It didn't help that this story was the second in the collection so after reading it, my expectations were raised substantially. But then i came across horrible stories in this collection like 'The little green monster', 'TV people', 'The Dancing Dwarf'.
I love Murakami. His characters are usually always simple every-day people, who are lost, lonely, and in love with someone or something at the same time. It's a pity none of his stories here (with the exception of 'The second bakery attack') did anything to leave me impressed. I was left wanting more...and not more of the same. For those who are looking for a brilliant tale i highly recommend Murakami's masterpiece 'South of the border, west of the sun'. This novel/novella is outstanding. Other than that, 'Norweigian wood' is very good as well.