Author: Haruki Murakami
Publication: August 29th 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 333 pages
Category: Adult, Romance, Short stories
Collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining. Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.
LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts rating)
Warning: Possible Spoilers
These stories could be categorised as weird or mind blowing. Weird and Mind blowing because after reading some of them you realise it could really happen even if it seems unrealistic. There are also some symbolism stuff which I made reading this book a bit complicated.
Why I like this collection of stories:
- The stories were very random. They don’t concentrate on one topic. It could vary from death to name stealing monkeys.
- I like how the author compared the process on making a novel and a compilation of short stories
“If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden. The two processes complement each other, creating a complete landscape that I treasure. The green foliage of the trees casts a pleasant shade over the earth, and the wind rustles the leaves, which are sometimes dyed a brilliant gold. Meanwhile, in the garden, buds appear on the flowers, and colorful petals attract bees and butterflies, reminding us of the subtle transition from one season to the next.”
- All of the stories have a deep meaning. It is a slow burn read because every word needs to be digested.
- I think I should better read Haruki Murakami’s when I have a lot of time to reflect and understand the whole story.
- They are beautifully written because simple words were used which made comprehending them easy but understanding the story was a bane.
- It is a book better shared with friends because we could share ideas about how we understood the story.
What I did not like?
- True to Haruki Murakami writing style, it has a lot of symbolism and while I was reading this I was not in the mood for something complicated.
- My mind was so mind blown that I was not able to understand some of the stories well.
While I was doing this post I realised that when reading a novel, short story or biography by Haruki Murakami, it is best to have time to really read it. I should a lot time for reflection and really read it word for word. His books are not meant to be read in a fast pace. So with this I still give this book a 4.5 hearts rating because it was a easy book to read even if I did not understand the symbolisms. Maybe if I read these stories again I would be able to digest it better. Also, the writing style was really beautiful despite the weird direction of the story.
BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, because it is a collection of short stories which would tickle your brain
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami . The book photo and synopsis here is from goodreads.com.