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Birthday Stories: Selected and Introduced by Haruki Murakami Hardcover – January, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Pr (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843431599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843431596
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The perfect year-round present" Time Out "Brilliant...Murakami introduces all these stories with grace and lightness of touch" Sunday Herald "A memorable collection. Voices and settings as diverse as the authors, but they are all concerned with the arbitrary yet immensely significant way in which we mark the passing of our lives" Observer "The quality of storytelling is exemplary... There's darkness enough here for the hardiest of cynics, but enough heart to charm" Word --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Wong on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Birthday Stories, edited by Haruki Murakami, is a slight dose of morphine for those who are waiting for the English translation of his latest novel, Kafka on Shore. This "timeless anthology" of short stories brings the readers to see birthdays at different angles. There are sober birthdays, and also sweet ones. Stories are selected to provide a wide range of writing styles, from contemporary writer Andrea Lee and Ethan Canin to the famous Raymond Craver, Paul Theroux and Murakami himself. Personally, my favourite picks in the book include: "The Moor" by Russell Banks (a man meeting a woman accidentally on her birthday thirty years later and a love affair involving an age difference of decades is revisited); "Timothy's Birthday" (about how Timothy draws away from his parents after his homoosexual partner died in the previous year); "The Birthday Cake" by Daniel Lyons (a mother who insists on not giving away a cake for their children who are not coming home for celebration); "The Bath" by Raymond Craver (the parental worries on concern on the car accdient of their beloved birthday son; the ending is particularly thought-provoking) and "Close to the Water's Edge" by Claire Keegan (an eminent Harvard student failing to change his lifestyle on his birthday).
The first book I picked up by Ethan Canin was his collection of short stories called The Palace Thief. His writing style already haunted me at that time. What amazes me more in his "Angel of Mercy, Angel of Wrath" is his fast-paced plot and the delicate treatment of the psychology of a paranoid and ignored birthday mother. The dialogues are simple but powerful, short by revealing.
Let's talk about the dose of Murakami morphine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TK on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Someone gave me this book for my birthday. Read it cover to cover on a Sunday afternoon.

Every story is unique, full of life, joy, smiles, longing, and deep melancholy. A most read, and certainly a wonderful birthday present!
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By Osiris on March 27, 2014
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Fast shipping, good read to take to places where you know you'll be sitting a couple of minutes.
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By Karla Cid on November 8, 2014
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I have always been a fan of Mr. Murakami's work. This is just another book in my collection!
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