First of all.. Thank you Amazon for the amazing delivery within 24 hours.. talking about this book.. well I have just started it.. but looks like a very light and beautiful set of stories by Murakami :)
Most of the stories here are characteristic of Murakami: Deeply evocative and thought provoking... Sleep makes you wonder whether you can pass through such a phase although I am sure we all have had our sleepless nights. The 100% perfect girl embodies the month of April - sweet, breezy and full of love longings.
The Kangaroo Communique is very light and I found it humorous. All entertaining stories.
Four years ago, I discovered Murakami (Haruki) with more famous Murakami(Ryu*) I was about to graduate from my high school then. Kafka on the shore was the first I read (a hard copy from a local bookstore near golpark, kolkata). That people who like reading books or shows love for literature seems to have taken a wealthy place too, hence this love for books. However once you find the genre you like, it's almost impossible to put down a book or the author you started reading.
Very nice book quality. delivered in time by Amazon.
If you like the way he puts his universe in front of you, then it's a pretty delightful collection of short stories for you. But in case you're a newbie for Murakami, then reading this one after Hard-boiled wonderland or A wild sheep chase would be better-ish.
It was a crowded Delhi Book Fair hall when Puneet picked up a copy of Murakami and handed it over to me. His first book fair, a little bored and uncomfortable, he got lost and suddenly met a girl who recommended Murakami to him. Not a book lover, it got passed on to me. And that’s how I met The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami.
This is my first novel by Murakami, and I am totally mesmerized. A collection short stories, The Elephant Vanishes combines 17 short stories by the author. Stories, short and simple, to the point actually. Daily life stories which one may pick up from random conversations, but these stories stand true to human nature. Each and every story is detailed and leaves a message in your heart. Some of them might be too difficult to catch, others will be simple enough but with a powerful message that will swell your heart with content.
From the book, I found 3 stories to be the best ones.
Story 1: Sleep. A story about a woman who is not able to sleep from last 17 days. And she doesn’t tell anyone about this problem, not even to her husband. But then she utilizes this time to do things that she has forgotten to do after her marriage. Simple things like Swimming or reading to the core of her heart, which got neglected due to her gradual descent into family life. Lack of sleep made her meet her old self once again. But also puts her in a condition in which she feels that she can do anything and everything is possible in her world of semi-consciousness.
Story:2 The Second Bakery Attack. Now this was one crazy story. A couple at midnight started having hunger pangs. And they had nothing to eat at their place. The husband shares a feeling of Dejavu with his wife, that he and his friend once felt the same hunger pangs and to curb the feeling, they both robbed a bakery to satisfy themselves. Excited by the idea, the wife pushes husband and they both plot to hold up Mc Donald’s to get themselves some burgers. And yes they did. This story has been a complete assault on normal by Murakami. And as much as it may sound crazy, you never know this might have been happening right now somewhere.
Story: 3 The Silence. A story about a man who chose silence over hitting someone. A boxer, he would have easily kicked the ass of people who crossed him for wrong reasons. But then he chose silence over violence. Why? Because it’s not just about violence, it’s about investing your energy into something important and good. Bad people will always be there, it is totally up to us whether to own up to them or to simply walk away from them. The story reveals a totally different kind of people, who lay low until the right moment, and then latch onto opportunities by messing with people’s mind.
After reading this book, I have realized that Murakami is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s different in its own way. Simple, subtle with a little hint of crazy in every story. Some of the stories are a direct attack on normal, therefore, hard to register in every reader’s mind. Even I had problems with few of the stories, but overall the book has turned out to be an amazing read. And after this, I am so bulk ordering all Murakami’s available books.