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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Vintage International) Paperback – October 9, 2007
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If you are new to Murakami, I think that his short story collections (either BWSW or The Elephant Vanishes) are the best place to start. Murakami's works are best "felt" rather than "analyzed" and short stories are the best way to get acquainted with his talent and style. If you like his short stories, try a novel. Which one is a matter of personal taste ... interestingly, while Wind-Up Bird is typically his most popular work in the West, it is his earlier works (notably Norwegian Wood, Hard-Boiled Wonderland, and Dance, Dance, Dance) that remain even more popular in his native Japan to this day.
If you are an old Murakami hand, you might be wondering what is next. Unfortunately the future is a little murky.Read more ›
The stories exhibit quite a range, too. Some are very early works of Murakami's when his style was still in its formative stages, others are quite recent and show the sure hand of an experienced craftsman. Some are clearly allegorical while some are more confusing than anything.Read more ›
It's hard to pick among twenty-four terrific tales for personal favorites. Two of the best, "Firefly" and "Man-Eating Cats", were revised later to become separate chapters in Murakami's novels "Norwegian Wood" and "Sputnik Sweetheart". Another compelling story is his realistic fantasy "The Ice Man", which could have been written by Harlan Ellison. "Dabchick" is an intriguing, almost Kafkaesque, battle of wits between a young woman and a receptionist in the office of a mysterious Japanese tycoon. "Hanalei Bay" is an emotionally riveting tale about a woman's ability to cope with the loss of her only child, a son killed by a shark while surfing in Hawaii.Read more ›
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I fell in love with Murakami's stories through 1Q84 and Norwegian wood. I thought a collection of his short stories might be a good change of pace. Read morePublished 3 months ago by anntieem
Books rated three out of five are always hard to review. Anything higher and I can tell you why you should drop everything you're doing and head to the bookstore; anything lower,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sreesha Divakaran
Harukisan, you've done it again. What a master! I have always loved your novels and have read them all. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristina Jones
The stories develop unique highly personal perceptions of small day-to-day seemingly incidental moments in the lives of each narrator. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J Doe
I often make the mistake with short story collections of reading them end-to-end, like a novel, so that I am struck by the discontinuity of the tales – which typically have unique... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stan Prager
When I read Murakami, I sometimes feel that he is living inside me taking notes on my feelings and my observations about people I’ve met years ago or even this morning. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe Da Rold
This is a book of short stories and Murakami is a much beloved Japanese author. He writes beautifully, but do not expect to see any "aha!" moments. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Murakami is one of my favorite writers for good reason. I currently have ALL his translated English works in my collection. I've read them each at least four times. Great buy.Published 12 months ago by Osiris