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With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that driWith the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities -- and to come back bearing treasure....

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The Elephant Vanishes Reviews

  • Forrest
    2019-04-15 14:11

    Some authors excel at writing novels. Others excel at the short form. A few are equally adept at writing novels and short stories. From my reading of The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami is not one of those people. Here’s why:Murakami’s novels are lush affairs. By that I mean that his proto-typically lazy character has time. Time to develop interests, time to contemplate deeply, time to be affected, to become . . . something. The short form, by its very nature, does not allow the same luxuries. So when Murakami’s prototypical ambivalent protagonist shows in a short story (which they often do, in this collection), the results are unspectacular. What one might consider “breathing space” in a Murakami novel, a place where the reader can coast through the reading before returning to the more meaty, idea-heavy sections, becomes a void in his short work. Unfortunately, once in the void, there are two options: float silently away into space or explode as the vacuum’s pressure differential kicks in. More often than not, these types of stories simply fade away into an unsatisfying whisper. I can appreciate the difficulty in transitioning from one form to another. I started off as a short story writer, then pushed my way through novellas, then novels. It’s not an easy task to switch from one mode to another, and I’ve failed myself, many times. My notebooks are full of half-finished longer work and ideas that never really coalesced into full-formed novels. Murakami seems to have the opposite problem, soaring in his novels while stuttering in his short stories.Thankfully, there are exceptions. The collection starts off well enough with “The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women,” an ethereal tale about a loveless marriage and a strange encounter in the lot of an abandoned house. This literary dream is the sort of thing Murakami is famous for, and rightfully so. This is a story that wraps itself around your head and doesn't let go.“The Second Bakery Attack,” incidentally, the second story in this volume, is a downright wacky escape from responsibility, one of those adventurous, spur-of-the-moment, nearly psychotic events that you've always wanted to orchestrate, but never had the guts to carry out. It's a rampage, of sorts, but a darkly funny rampage.The story “Sleep,” about a woman who loses the ability to sleep and seems to be none the worse for wear because of it, could have been brilliant. But the ending was terrible. It was just too abrupt and jarring, like the evil twin of deus-ex-machina descending out of an unseen trapdoor in the ceiling to drop on the reader with an unwarranted assault of the intellect. Reading this ending, I felt insulted. So much wasted potential!“Barn Burning” had the tone of The Great Gatsby, but nowhere near the same depth of substance. A good story, but not great.My favorite story of the collection was “A Window”. This one blew my socks off. It is one of the shortest works in the volume, and the most powerful. The main character is a young man who is hired to read and edit letters sent to him by women who want to become better writers. There's little to excite in the plot itself, but the emotion is deep and often poignant. Absolutely the most moving story in the book. This is one that should be anthologized for the sake of the next generation of readers.“The Dancing Dwarf” came in a close second. It is a modern fairy tale, replete with spiritual possession, diabolical contracts, and the dire consequences of living up to such a contract. This one pushes beyond magic realism into the realm of fabulism. Its mood is different than any other story in this collection, truly horrific, and I wonder if Murakami couldn't fit this into a collection of darker work. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.The title story is a very interesting tale, ostensibly about a vanishing elephant, though I suspect that the impetus for the story came from questions about quantum mechanics, probability, and scientific observation. But those philosophical underpinnings lie beneath many folds of pachyderm skin. As the elephant vanishes, the implications grow. A fitting ending to a short-story collection, no?While the stories I've mentioned are strong and would have made an excellent collection on their own, the others detract from the “oomph” I like in short story collections. I'm a bit disappointed, to be honest, but the stronger stories hold the overall product up at an acceptable level. Don't bust the bank to purchase a copy, but do seek it out at your local used book store or library. It's worth that much, as well as a few hours of your time (if you're a slow reader like me). Recommended, with reservations.

  • Fiona McCandless
    2019-04-17 10:24

    apatheticEvery protagonist in Murakami's books (though, I've only read this and 'Norwegian Wood') are apathetic. They just float through their lives, never really caring about what is happening, or if there is anything they can do to fix it.I think to some readers this could be quite tedious, but there is something real about these characters because of their apathy. Through the bizarre situations the characters face, the reader can relate on some level.The first few stories did annoy me, as many of them didn''t seem to end properly. However I soon appreciated these stories for not being complete 'Disney-like' narratives where every story has to have a villain, and a happily-ever-after ending. Murakami finishes his story when he has nothing left to say. The characters flit through their lives, and Murakami flits through their stories. No need to ponder if you don't want to. Just take it or leave it. The perfect book for reading on a crowded bus, i thought.The one thing that did bug me about this book was Alfred Birnbaum's translations. Some sentences I had to re-read in order to understand. The first few times I thought this was just due to the bumpy bus i often read this book on, but when it occurredonly when I read his translations, I stopped blaming myself. Some sentences seemed like they weren't quite finished: the words were in English, but the sense was convoluted. He also occasionally uses 'trendy' words that, frankly, aren't all that trendy. I got the impression Birnbaum is not one who would often ride the bus to get places. Whereas Murakami does take the bus, and quietly reads over your shoulder.

  • Oriana
    2019-04-11 15:10

    Not only was the book amazing (I truly believe he can do no wrong), but one of my best friends and I saw an actual play of it several years ago at Lincoln Center. We had seats in the very front row. The play (as required, I'm sure) was balls-out crazy, all in Japanese, with a ticker doing subtitles at the the top of the stage. My memory sucks, but I think I recall a bunch of people with static-spewing TVs for heads, and some crazy shit with sideways sleeping people. Probably I should reread the stories and much more will come back to me. It was one of those incredible New York nights, me and Joe and Murakami madness, all dressed up because we could, and then after the play it was raining, but not too hard, and it was spring and we were only about fifty blocks and crosstown from home, and our heads were so filled with that crackly, delirious intensity you get after experiencing something purely astonishing, so we walked, him in a bit of a suit and me in as close as I get to heels, these like hemp platform sandals which I still have and are tinged with mold from how soaked we got that night, slipping into each other and going over and over everything we had just seen, eyes huge and brains sizzling and rain everywhere and bliss.

  • Junta
    2019-04-06 16:23

    One cloudy night in April, in a habitual relay of stalking the profiles of strangers on GR, I found The 100% Perfect Girl.To be truthful, she wasn't especially beautiful in her profile picture. Nor did any particular part of her profile jump out at me. Her bookshelves were all over the place, and she didn't seem to be that active on GR any more. She hadn't written many reviews either. However, the moment I clicked on 'Compare Books', I knew. She is The 100% Perfect Girl for me. When I saw that our tastes are 100% similar for the 1000+ books we had both rated, my heart shook as if the earth rumbled beneath my feet, and my mouth went as dry as a desert.It might be that you have certain types of girls you like. For example, girls who are into the classics, girls who write witty reviews, or girls who love Dostoyevsky, or for some obscure reason, girls whose average book rating is below 3.00. Of course, I too have certain preferences. I've even once printed out all of the 'Favourite Quotes' of a girl whose profile I fell head over heels for, and stuck them on my wall.However, it's impossible for anyone to typify The 100% Perfect Girl. Unfortunately, there's no way that I can recall where she was from. Hell, I don't even remember her name. All I can remember is that her profile wasn't especially enticing. Things are strange sometimes.'You know, I found The 100% Perfect Girl last night', I might say to someone.'Oh?' he answers. 'Was she beautiful?''No, not especially.''But she was your type.''The thing is, I don't remember. I can't even remember what colour her hair was, or whether she was smiling in the picture.''Strange.''Yeah, it is.''So...' he drawls, sounding bored. 'What did you do, did you send her a message, or send her a friend request?''Nope, didn't do anything.' I said. 'All I did was stumble upon her profile.'She was online in one part of the world, while I was online in an airport of another, using up my quota of free Internet on a computer in the terminal before boarding my flight. I like being one of the last passengers to board so I don't get stuck in a slow-moving queue.I think, how nice would it be to exchange messages with her, even one? I'd want to find out what kind of person she is, and I'd certainly hope that she asks about my life. And more than anything else, I'd want to unravel, say, the hands of fate leading to us finding each other on this humble website on a cloudy night in April, 2015. There must be a warm secret lying beneath the covers there, like an old typewriter from bygone days.We would exchange pleasantries like those, and then get to the more personal questions. The flow of messages accelerates each day, and eventually we add each other on Skype. If things go smoothly, we might even talk about meeting in person. Possibilities knock on the doors of my heart.I've already clicked on 'send message'.How should I begin the conversation?'Hey, how's it going! I hope you don't mind me sending this message :)'No, that would be too casual. It could be the start of a lifelong love.'Excuse me for intruding, but I happened to notice you are fond of the very same authors as me.'No, this sounds too awkward - better sound familiar than frigid.Maybe I should just come out with the truth. 'Hello there. You are The 100% Perfect Girl for me.'No, that won't do, how creepy do I want to sound? Even if she sees the 100% match, she might not be that keen on talking to me. Even if I'm The 100% Perfect Girl for you, you aren't The 100% Perfect Guy for me, I'm sorry, but - she might reply. That's entirely plausible. And if I were to have such a reply thrust upon me, I would be hopelessly confused. I might never get over the shock. I'm 23, and before I know it, I'll be fondly reflecting over my student years - such a retort is part and parcel of growing up and entering the real world.Nonetheless, I type up a dignified, yet stylish message, and I'm looking over it for typos and mistakes. The repercussions of this implicit love letter flash before my mind's eye. We'll get married, live in a cosy house, and have a big room just for books. The cursor hovers over the 'send' button. This is it.As my finger starts to descend on the mouse's left click, I hear my name boom out of the terminal speakers. 'Mr. Junta _____, your flight is waiting for you. Please board the flight at Gate 17 immediately. This is the last announcement.' I panic, and look over at the gate where the airline staff are looking around for me, frowning.'Shit!', I say as I physically and mentally curse myself for losing track of time over the message. I have to just send this message off and run.I look back at the screen. The one hour time limit is up, and I've been redirected to the homepage. I hear voices from the direction of the gate, 'There he is!', and quickly approaching footsteps.Of course, now I know what I should have typed in my message to her, how I should have begun my acquaintance with her. But it's such a long message, maybe I wouldn't have made it inside the one hour anyway. Just like in this story, the things I come up with are always impractical.Anyway, the message begins with 'Once upon a time', and ends with 'Don't you think that's a sad story?'*********************************************************To read the second half (and actual first half, where he meets her on the street) of the original story, On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning, get your hands on The Elephant Vanishes or another one of Murakami's short story collections which includes this piece.I've always liked reading, but for some reason or other, I didn't read too many novels through my teenage years. A friend got me back into it in my second year of university, and Murakami was the first author I really got hooked on then, going through all of his novels in the following 12 months.My first favourite was Kafka on the Shore. Then, A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance. I would read his novels and short stories in Japanese and English (sometimes both), and went onto his other works, including non-fiction.A few years later, my love for reading is at its peak, and I look back fondly at the times when I was captivated by his novels. After some re-reads over the years, Kafka has been demoted to 4-star, while AWSC/DDD was also demoted for a while.The Elephant Vanishes, although it is entirely different to his novels as a short story collection, I've felt quite safe in maintaining the 5 stars. I haven't read the English translation, and I'm sure the Japanese original cannot be beaten, but I recommend this short story collection to people new to Murakami. Not all of the included short stories (there are 17) are amazing, but many of them are great, pleasant reads. My favourites areThe kangaroo communiqueThe aforementioned storyA windowBarn burning, andThe elephant vanishes.I occasionally pick this book off my shelf, and re-read one of the stories, not to look for anything new or necessarily follow the story, but more to enjoy the language and writing. As much as his novels can be thrilling, this anthology is where I come back to time and time again to enjoy Murakami's portrayal of everyday life, magical realism, dialogue modern Japanese in spirit, and the adventures, large and small, of the mediocre, apathetic and indifferent people any one of us could be.May 1st, 2015

  • S.Ach
    2019-04-24 14:02

    You too can write like Murakami. Just remember the simple rules -1) Think of something weird. Multiply the weirdness by 10. I haven't slept for last 16 nights and 17days. Today is the 17th night. I couldn't sleep. I tried. But failed. I typed in Google Search "Insomnia". It took me to the Christopher Nolan's movie. I didn't watch that movie. I like Christopher Nolan, though. So does my cat. My cat doesn't watch any TV. But whenever a Christopher Nolan movie comes he gets glued to the TV. We all have something in common. We all love darkness. 2) Give it an erotic angle As I can't sleep, I took a walk. I walked in the dark alleys. I normally don't go to the strip club. But there was something on the neon display that attracted me. I went inside. There were two other customers. A couple. They were sitting on the corner. There was a strip dancer performing on the stage. The couple seemed not interested in the dance. They were talking to each other. I took a chair. A topless waitress came to take order. Her breasts were little saggy. Probably, when a stripper becomes old, she becomes a waitress.3) Make it as intriguing as possible. The waitress asked me if I wanted a drink or a lapdance. I said, both. She took me to a room. The room had orange light. There was a stripper sitting on the bed. As soon as I sat on the bed, she started performing. I was not interested in her dance. I looked around. The wall had photos of naked women. There was a photo lying on the table in the corner. A man. From the attire, he looked like some sort of a king. He was a wearing a crown and a big moustache. I asked the stripper about the photo. She looked at me and started sobbing.4) Never commit on anything. Obfuscate as much as possible. I didn't ask her why she was crying. It's not that I didn't want to know. But I didn't want her to stop crying. It was like she was letting out her emotion. I sat there for a long time. The stripper crying her heart out holding the photo. I was terribly thirsty. But I didn't ask her about my drink. I don't know what time it was. I had lost track of time. I was not sure if I was hungry. Probably I was. 5) Don't come to any point. Let the reader decide what he/she makes out of it. After a long time, she said, "You know. I don't belong here." Her voice was sweet. "I know" was all I managed to say. I don't know why I said that. Probably, I didn't want to hurt her. She smiled at me and left. I lied down on the bed. And I slept. My 17 days and 17 nights insomnia had come to an end. But I didn't sleep for long. I woke up in 5 minutes. I don't know why I woke up. I just woke up. But the sleep I had in those 5 minutes was deep. I was just kidding. I really don't think I can write ever like Murakami. After all he is going to get that Nobel, sooner or later, isn't it? I was little frustrated to read similar writing pattern in all his books. When I first read Murakami I became his fan. I wanted to read more by him. But slowly as I am reading more of his writings, I am losing interest. I don't know if I will read one of his book again. May be I will. I don't know. Definitely not soon.

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-04-13 18:24

    This is my third Haruki Murakami read and by far my least favorite. After Norwegian Wood and After Dark, I felt this author could do no wrong. Those two novels were vastly different from each other - one a simplistic-yet-moving coming-of-age story and the other a mindtrip into the streets and characters of nocturnal Japan - and I was hoping some of that mastery of story would show up in each one of these tales. I was sorely mistaken. My rating is based solely on the fact that I only liked 7 out of 17 stories. The ones I like are as follows:The Second Bakery Attack (5 stars)Sleep (4 stars)Barn Burning (4 stars)The Little Green Monster (5 stars)TV People (5 stars)The Dancing Dwarf (4 stars)The Elephant Vanishes (5 stars)The seven stories listed above are great distractions, but not worth the price of admission (Basically, I paid an illogical $11.99 on Amazon for seven stories). Had the book consisted of only those seven stories at half the price, I would have been pleased with my purchase. Tacking on the other ten titles felt like padding so that the publisher could charge for a novel-length outing.The other stories get between 1 and 2 stars each and are not worth noting whatsoever, as they were completely unremarkable. Suffice to say they were all either mind-numbingly boring or horribly repetitive. A man meets a woman and his viewpoint of the world changes. That's fine two or three times in one collection, but ten times is too much for my tastes.In summation: Some authors are good novelists, some are good short story writers, and a few are both. Murakami joins Neil Gaiman on my list of authors who should stick to novel writing. I highly recommend the two novels I listed in this review, but I cannot recommend this collection.Final Judgment: Like watching your crush take a shit.

  • Chris_P
    2019-04-05 15:14

    3.8The wind-up bird and Tuesday's women: ****The second bakery attack: *****The kangaroo communique: ***On seeing the 100% perfect girl one April morning: *****Sleep: *****The fall of the roman empire, the 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's invasion of Poland, and the realm of raging winds: **Lederhosen: ***Barn burning: ****The little green monster: ****Family affair: ***A window: ***TV people: *****A slow boat to China: ****The dancing dwarf: ****The last lawn of the afternoon: ***Silence: ***The elephant vanishes: ****The Elephant Vanishes and so do your brain cells with this collection by Haruki Murakami. The more I read the guy, the more I come to understand what his stories are all about. The main theme of his work is how different people deal with certain situations, like marriage and their place in it, changes in the world, dysfunctional human relationships etc. Thing is, you have to train your brain to interpret his symbolisms. See, with Murakami, it's all about symbolisms.Some of the stories in this book are perfect (Sleep and TV People had me screaming, for instance). Others are just good. None of them is bad. All of them left me wondering if there's ever gonna be a time when I won't praise Murakami. : /

  • Keely
    2019-04-18 14:28

    Like the secretive, quiet fall of rain, they steal into the gloom...They say that surrealist author Haruki Murakami captures the 'common ache' of the 'contemporary heart and mind'. I thought this was a pretty spot-on description of some of his best short stories. I began reading Murakami in 2007, and he was a writer whose work and style resonated so strongly for me at that time where I'm confronted with the ambiguities of daily existence. He will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my favorite writers, although I will honestly say that over the years I've grown less affected of his stories than when I was a teenager which I think is for the best.However, since life is indeed fickle, I once again found myself in another low point last year, and thus continue to heal from that to this day. Reading The Elephant Vanishes was a most welcome endeavor then, because if there was any author that understands how inexplicable and often unknowable one's self is, it's Murakami-sensei.Composed of seventeen enthralling tales with the titular story as its ending piece, this anthology is possibly one of the more interesting collections from Murakami. It opens with an excerpt from his thick work The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and becomes more engrossing and weird by the time The Second Bakery Attack rolls around which was just hilarious, followed shortly after by the creepy correspondence-styled prose The Kangaroo Communique. Anecdotal stories like On seeing the 100% Perfect Girl one Beautiful April Morning, Lederhosen, The Little Green Monster, A Window and Barn Burning were simple in concept but layered with more meaning and symbolism, heightened by the Murakami treatment said author has become famous for. Barn Burning was personally chilling as endearing as Lederhosen has been. The Little Green Monster was a piece I re-read at least thrice to fully enjoy and comprehend, however. These tales were especially intriguing.The rest, particularly TV People, A Slow Boat to China, The Silence, The Lawn of the Afternoon and The Fall of the Roman Empire... were puzzling enough to see all the way through the end, but I will probably include them as the Murakami stories that least appealed to me in this collection. The Dancing Dwarf and The Elephant Vanishes are stories with a more surreal quality that is on par with The Little Green Monster, and reminded me that Murakami's biggest influence after all is Franz Kafka. He truly delivers with these three stories from the anthology that marks his Kafkaesque sensibilities.There is a lot to enjoy and appreciate for this book, and each story is a matter of perspective and acquired taste for a reader. In saying that, my two favorite stories have to be Sleep and Family Affair. These stories are interpersonal and relationship-oriented as contextualized with their impact in one's identity and self-actualization. Both narrators of stories feel a sense of unraveling where their own personal freedom is at stake by forces outside of their control. The narrator for Sleep is an ordinary married woman whose chronic insomnia began to affect how she viewed her own mortality and family, while the narrator for Family Affair is an eternal bachelor whose close relationship with his sister and lack of discernible stronger emotional ties aside from it have made him internalized the hollowness of his individuality. I think these are my favorite stories because--at point or another in my life--I was these two people. I understood the narrators' baffling repugnance towards their own loved ones; how lackadaisical Family Affair's narrator was about his singlehood and how it affects how he relates to other people in general; how Sleep narrators feels as if her life has been prolonged by the restlessness of her mind and spirit that everything and everyone else felt small compared to her own tragedy. These tales for me were so horrific and sad, and deftly written and portrayed by Murakami.I liked these stories because they simply held a mirror to reflect my deepest, darkest fears and anxieties about my life and its contents including its relationships and dysfunctions. Though there are more clever and interesting stories in the anthology, Sleep and Family Affair struck the right chord in me and this is why they are the tales that are most valuable and insightful for me here in The Elephant Vanishes.RECOMMENDED: 8/10DO READ MY REVIEWS AT

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-04 18:06

    To Murakami's fans, I must apologize, because although I liked this collection of stories, I didn't love it. And from what I've heard, to read Murakami is to fall in love with him. However, if his novels mirror the dazzling, freakish, and surprising plot of Sleep,or have the tension that builds when you must follow outlandish characters, like the ones in The Second Bakery Attack, I'll read a Murakami novel again and again. Yet while I do admire the fragmentary poignancy of the narratives in this collection, as well as the bizarre trajectory of these stories, I found myself lost in some of the translation (Jay Rubin's translations were my favorites). And then there was the annoying issue of voice--one "voice" seemed to hover over all of these stories, creating the allusion of a novel of different stories. Yes, yes, this all sounds trivial when talking about a beloved Murakami piece, so to offer reprieve, I will simply say this, I do believe I started with the wrong title.

  • Mel
    2019-03-25 11:07

    There were some good stories, but overall I don't think Murakami is someone I would go to for short stories. He is terrible at conclusions for them, and only 1 or 2 stories left me wanting more. He is very very hit or miss with me and I'm finding a lot of misses with him lately. He has a very distinct style that shines through every novel he writes, but weirdly, I only like it sometimes.

  • E.H.
    2019-04-15 12:23

    What can I say about Haruki Murakami? He is famous, both in Japan and abroad, although in the States those who know him tend to be Literary Hipsters who are interested in Asia. He writes novels and short stories, although his novels tend to be a bit disjointed and episodic, hinged like a Jacob's ladder. His short stories will always employ a simile at the top of the second page which may seem at times deep and yet simple. When I started reading The Elephant Vanishes, I wasn't really sure what I was getting into. The first story, "The Wind-up Bird and Tuesday's Women", is a good litmus test for the book as a whole: a man gets a strange phone call from a woman, fails to find his cat, and makes dinner. If this holds your attention, the book will be totally your thing. If the thought of listening to this narrator rattle on and on about the alleyway behind his house makes you cringe, you're better off going back for something else.I'd divide the stories into two categories, the real and the magically real, and most of the ones that fall into the latter category ("Sleep", "Barn Burning", "A Slow Boat to China", "The Dancing Dwarf", and "The Elephant Vanishes") are among the best in the collection. Which is not to diminish the others - "The Silence", a story about a boyhood fight, is one of my favorites of the group, and definitely contains none of the surreal elements the others exhibit.Murakami's narrators tend to be men and women in their early thirties, married or in a place where they feel they should be married but aren't, with families which seem largely inconsequential to the action. Over the course of any given story, they will generally make a similie, listen to music (classical and classic rock, generally), eat spaghetti, and have awkward conversations with people which may or may not be typically Japanese. The thing is, despite the reviews on the back which claim that Murakami is showing "Japan as it's experienced from the inside", I don't see a lot of Asia here, at least not the Asia that I know and live in. The Japan portrayed here will be familiar to Westerners, because the strange emptiness the characters experience, the search for meaning, is the same in both worlds. This has some interest in itself, especially if you happen to be interested in the congruencies that have grown between cultures as a result of globalization (why do all his characters listen to Western music and read Western novels?). In summary, read it for the spaghetti, read it for the magical realism. If you're looking for classical Japanese culture, go somewhere else.

  • Nabilah Firdaus
    2019-04-08 18:08

    The Elephant Vanishes (TEV) is a compilation of 17 short stories which largely features loneliness, isolation and the act of breaking off the chains of conformity to modern Japanese highly expectant culture. Out of 17 stories here, 13 stories were a hit and the rest were okayish/pleasant enough.TOP 5 favourites in The Elephant Vanishes:1. Sleep"This is my seventeenth straight day without a sleep."God, I really really really loved Sleep. It's raw, honest and invigoratingly refreshing. It tells a story of a woman who has lost the ability to sleep which wasn't insomnia, she simply couldn't sleep. This event resulted in her isolating herself from her own husband and son and the society. But on a brighter side, she gained her independence and succeed in breaking off the chains of societal conformity which was expected as a woman and a housewife.2. Barn BurningBarn Burning tells a story of an encounter of the narrator and a girl who was "peeling a mandarin orange". The narrator then became an acquaintance with the girl's boyfriend who loved to burn barns. At the end of the story, I caught myself asking: Does he really burn barns?3. TV People"It was Sunday evening when the TV People showed up."This particular story reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell. Both stories are glaringly different but the vibes they gave were totally the same - creepy and disturbing as fuck. It tells the story of the narrator, who suffered migraine and began to hear things: KRZSHAAAL KKRZSHAAAAAL KKKKRMMMS and whose house were visited by the TV People who were "reduced" 20 or 30% in size. Weird and creepy.4. The Dancing Dwarf"A dwarf came into my dream and asked me to dance,"Once I finished this piece, I know it will stay with me for a very long time. I loved everything about this story. The dancing dwarf, the elephant factory, the smallest details such as putting records in the wrong jackets and above all, the symbolism and the powerful messages conveyed in this story: freedom, human desire for control, conformity.5. The SilenceThe Silence chronicles a story of a quiet, warm and easy-going boxer who had once punched out his former schoolmate who was everyone's eye candy in an argument and - something happened . I loved how the conflict changed the narrator for the better, more sensitive to the people around him, and most importantly, he became unshakeable.All in all, this collection is truly a gem. Actual rating: 4.2/5 stars. It leaves you questioning the mundane/mediocre life you are currently living in. Will you ever get out of it?

  • A. Dawes
    2019-04-01 18:28

    Murakami here delivers a highly accessible and quirky collection of stories. Murakami's conversational narrative voice throughout provides for an intimate atmosphere with readers. As usual, I'll rate the stories individually below. Despite a couple of hiccups, I'd recommend the work. 3.5* The Wind-up Bird and Tuesday's Women. A quirky urban story.4* The Second Bakery Attack. A couple make a second bakery attack on MacDonald's. Murakami at his offbeat best.4* The Kangaroo Communique. An experimental tale pulled off strongly.3.5*On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Evening. A very short story in which a man walks by a 100% perfect girl and later contemplates his passivity after passing by. 3* Sleep. An Insomniac's tale.4*The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, and The Realm of Raging Winds. History and life intermingle in a man's unreliable diary entries. 3.5* Lederhosen. A marriage breakdown over lederhosen. Fairly strong tale, both tragic and comical. 4.5* Barn Burning. One of my favourites. A strong story about a man encountering a barn burner. Unique, intriguing and clever.2.5* The Little Green Monster. Reads like the title but literally rather than figuratively. The weakest of the collection, and a low point.4* Family Affair. Strong story about individuals within families and a realisation that self-perception isn't always accurate. 3* A Window. Too short to be effective. A man reflects on whether he should have slept with a woman. Rather tiresome story.4* TV People. A modern day fable relating to our viewing. Enjoyable and odd.3.5* A Slow Boat to China. Another solid story of gradual revelation.4.5* The Dancing Dwarf. A modern day folk tale, reminiscent of Rumpelstiltskin. Dark and wicked, with the traditional dark folktale tradeoff, in this case there are ominous signs as the protagonist deals with a dancing dwarf to impress a girl. Brilliant.4* The Last Lawn of the Afternoon A potentially intimate urban story. Murakami makes the mundane interesting here in another strong story. 4* The Silence. Strong exploration of perspective and judgement.4* The Elephant Vanishes. This collection ends superbly with the title story - yes, it's literal...And it's brilliant in the way it's normalised. Shades of Ishiguro and our casual acceptance of the world we live in.

  • Frahorus
    2019-04-01 13:29

    Finalmente riesco a leggere una nuova opera del mio autore giapponese preferito, Haruki Murakami. Stavolta divoro (anzi, assaporo) una sua raccolta di racconti. Ecco le mie brevi impressioni racconto per racconto:- Una lenta nave per la Cina; questo racconto non mi ha entusiasmato più di tanto, mediocre. - Granai incendiati; questo racconto mi è piaciuto.- Il nano ballerino; il titolo dice tutto: il protagonista della storia viene posseduto da un misterioso nano ballerino. Storia abbastanza creepy ma godibile.- Il messaggio del canguro; il protagonista va allo zoo e quando guarda i canguri gli viene voglia di scrivere. Strano racconto in stile epistolare.- Vedendo una ragazza perfetta al 100% in una bella mattina di aprile; solo per il titolo merita il primo premio come titolo più strano inventato da Murakami. Racconto brevissimo.- Le piace Burt Bacharach?; altro racconto breve, dove il protagonista incontra una signora che gli prepara un hamburger indimenticabile.- L'ultimo prato del pomeriggio; il protagonista ci narra di quando arrotondava tagliando i prati alla gente. Bel racconto.- Lederhorsen; altro racconto che mi è piaciuto, una signora ci narra di come ha lasciato il marito mentre era in vacanza in Germania.- L'elefante scomparso; che da il titolo a questa raccolta di racconti. Storia interessante, dove scompare un elefante col suo guardiano.- Il secondo assalto a una panetteria; altro racconto bizzarro in cui il protagonista decide, con la moglie, di assaltare un McDonald's. "Quello strano senso di vuoto dentro di me - la presenza di qualcosa di inesistente - assomiglia al terrore paralizzante che uno prova quando sale in cima a una guglia altissima."- Il mondo del vento scatenato; racconto che non ho ben compreso, ma questa frase mi è piaciuta: "i panni sbattevano rumorosamente nell'aria come la coda strappata di una cometa."- Affare di famiglia; al protagonista non piace il fidanzato di sua sorella. - L'uccello giraviti e le donne del martedì; questo racconto è praticamente il primo capitolo, con qualche frase diversa, del romanzo L'uccello che girava le viti del mondo sempre di Murakami. Rileggerlo mi ha dato tante belle sensazioni e, non so se a voi succede, quando leggo Murakami mi si risvegliano nell'intimo tante cose, è come se alcuni nodi che ho dentro iniziassero a sbrogliarsi. - Sonno; la protagonista non riesce a dormire per diciassette giorni, e per ingannare il tempo si legge e rilegge Anna Karenina. Altro racconto lungo che mi è piaciuto e che mi ha fatto venire voglia di leggere il romanzo russo appena citato. Potenza della lettura!- Gli uomini Tv; altra storia bizzarra e non sense, in cui il protagonista, solo lui, vede dei tecnici della tv che sembrano dei folletti.- Il mostriciattolo verde; racconto breve, in cui la protagonista incontra una sorta di coccodrillo che sbuca dal sottosuolo. Forse Murakami voleva rappresentare le nostre paure inconsce?- Silenzio; il protagonista ci narra di quando picchiò un compagno di scuola e di come il rimorso gli è rimasto nel cuore e nell'anima per quel suo gesto violento.Tirando le fila, sommando i voti per ogni racconto letto, penso che tre stelle siano sufficienti. Peccato, se non vi erano alcuni racconti gli avrei dato anche 4 stelle, ma bisogna essere onesti nelle valutazioni. Leggere dopo un po' di tempo il mio Haruki è stato piacevolissimo e rinfrescante, sì, il termine esatto è proprio questo: rinfrescante. E tale lettura mi ha fatto venire voglia di leggere un suo romanzo. Vedrò di comprarne un paio questo anno, ma non subito.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-04-10 12:12

    The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women: Entretenido, linda prosa. (3/5)The Second Bakery Attack: Me gustó mucho. Atrapante desde el comienzo y con una trama divertida. (3.5/5)The Kangaroo Communiqué: Relato ligero, sin nada de especial. (2.5/5)On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning: Hermoso cuento. Muy corto pero inolvidable. Una pequeña joya. Es el mejor del libro, sin dudas. (4.5/5)Sleep: Buena historia. Final raro. (3/5)The Fall of the Roman Empire, the 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, and the Realm of Raging Winds: Mmm, pointless. Un desperdicio de tiempo. (1.5/5)Lederhosen: Algo cómico, con un ritmo rápido y ameno. (3/5)Barn Burning: Es de los que más me gustaron. Muy buen relato. Genial conclusión. (3.5/5)The Little Green Monster: No me gustó. (2/5)Family Affair: Otro buen cuento. Para pasar el rato; no le encontré nada de extraordinario. (3/5)A Window: (2/5)TV People: Este trabajito me hizo acordar a la Little People, de 1Q84. Ameno, confuso, raro. (3.5/5)A Slow Boat to China: De mis preferidos de la antología. Gran pequeña obra. Excelente final. (4/5)The Dancing Dwarf: Muy bueno. Cuento que tiene algo de terror y un toque del mito fáustico. (3.5/5)The Last Lawn of the Afternoon: ??????? (1.5/5)The Silence: Me gustó mucho. Me atrapó desde la primera oración. (4/5)The Elephant Vanishes: El relato que le da el título al libro. Está bueno, pero esperaba un poco más del cierre. (3/5)

  • Joe
    2019-03-28 16:05

    murakami short stories rock my socks. on a purely structural level, his sentence composition is brilliant. short, descriptive, simple, and undeniably beautiful in a way that perhaps only a writer with an eastern perspective could achieve. sometimes his sentences make you feel as if you are gazing from the summit of a mountain with no one else around. besides that, his blend of the absurd with the bitterly mundane is a juxtaposition that only the most skilled writer could pull off. with bizarre touches of humor and obscure russian literary references, whats not to love?

  • Delphine Lurin
    2019-04-03 10:14

    This collection of 17 short stories are all geniusly written. They captivated me instantly from the TV guys who consistently make a haunting appearance in ‘TV People’ to the housewife who no longer needs shut eye in ‘Sleep’, with ‘The Elephant Vanishes’ concluding the chain of whimsical happenings ever-so vividly illustrated. I’ve always felt a bit daunted going into short stories because reading them requires a certain type of reader. One who is able to remain completely absorbed by the story, taking in every vital detail, and automatically being rewarded by the moment of ‘epiphany’ when everything falls into place and seems to make sense, despite the absurdity if one chooses to evaluate the story from a realistic, and perhaps ‘dry’ perspective. I’m naturally a novel-reader in which I often like to pause, sometimes skip seemingly insignificant passages and description, and skim through later chapters in hopes of having my readerly anticipations fulfilled. This cannot happen with a short story, which is probably why I’ve always shied away from picking one up. Upon reading The Elephant Vanishes however I’m looking forward to more short-story-reading in the future.Murakami naturally excels in both the novel and short story form where his majestic tone and surrealistic treatment of his characters succeed in creating a world is at the same time a fantasy and a truth. Dare we call him the contemporary Lewis Carroll or our time, with perhaps a twist of J.K. Rowling ? The personalities of his characters, from the starving couple in ‘The Second Bakery Attack’ to the teenager who mows lawns because he loves to mow lawns in ‘The Last Lawn of the Afternoon ‘, to the dancing, sadistic dwarf in ‘The Dancing Dwarf’ are clearly constructions of a world that is distinct, yet still with resonance in our everyday experiences. Murakami’s lyrical flow and the situations that he confronts his reader with are psychologically thrilling in their representation of completely made up affairs such as vanishing animals, figures that blur the boundaries between dreams and awakenings, and actions that question good and evil. Because I’m a bit of a ‘ditzy’ reader who constantly finds herself getting distracted, pausing, rereading – many of the stories, upon finishing, had me a bit lost and in need of an extreme glossing and rereading to make sense. And at times, such as after turning the last page of ‘ TV People’ I was like « say whah ? What is the purpose? I don’t get it! ».Murakami is definitely not for all you babblers. He is at once apathetic and raw in his dialogue and descriptions of things. However, are we not, as readers, supposed to be carried off into a land where nothing is quite as it seems? In’t there always a moment of reflection, epiphany, and sometimes misunderstandings as well as complete confusion ? Yes! Um.. duh!Murakami renders time, sleep, dreams, thoughts, love – life all subject from scrutiny by means of imaginative creations. Despite my moments of disorientations and desperate wantings to babble with strangers around me just to escape from my bookish struggles, I thoroughly enjoyed The Elephant Vanishes just for its mystery and romantic creepiness.

  • Victoria Mars
    2019-04-02 15:24

    Mis favoritos:Sobre el encuentro con una chica cien por cien perfecta en una soleada mañana del mes de abrilA este puro relato le regalaría cinco estrellas, un jumbito y le cargaría la BIP a Murakami si viajara en transantiago. Un barco lento a ChinaNo se si me hubiese gustado tanto si no me sientiera cercana a la cultura china. Quizá no, pero como la realidad es otra, le doy 4 estrellas.El enanito bailarínTerror, humor y realismo "Murakamiano" at its best. 3,8 estrellas solo por su final no me llenó.El resto de los relatos son, a mi gusto, bastante flojos. Con todo lo que me gusta Murakami, siempre engancho menos con sus libros de cuentos.

  • James Curcio
    2019-04-04 18:17

    Murakami manages to keep the mind riveted in ways that I don't even fully understand. If most of these stories were pitched to me as an editor, I'd think they were somewhere between banal and stupidly fanciful in the way of a story that a seven year-old might tell. But in his hands, they're transfixing. They'd be transfiguring as well, except that sometimes he leaves you with so little to hold on to at the end of a piece that you're left just with a feeling like "what just happened?" But then you come back to it a month or ten later and realize that it was transfiguring, and that oftentimes we are the last to know, when it comes to our own change. It is just more subtle than, say, an acid trip, which might grab your head and force you to look at what you'd rather not. As a writer, I had long thought that the central method of the short story was the revealing, twist ending. "Everything was not as it seemed, but here's the big reveal." I'm happy I've had that illusion dispelled. In fact, with most of these stories, it's quite the opposite. Everything is not as you think it is, but you're left not with a revelation but rather a haunting feeling that won't go away. The depth of our uncertainty is itself unfathomable. That is, maybe, one of the central themes in much of my own work, but it was only made clear when I had a mirror that let me "see around corners," in Jung's terms. That may seem like a leap for some, but you'll find that a Jungian reading of symbols is relevant for much of Murakami's surrealist ("magical") realism, as is discussed somewhat directly in his book Kafka On The Shore. The bottom line is that if you are looking for a fascinating, troubling, deep look at banal reality, this is a great opportunity for it.

  • Noshin Syara
    2019-04-17 11:15

    Haruki Murakami has always his own kinda flavor !Short stories, melancholic stories, mostly weird stories . I feel so submerged into his characters that sometimes its hard to remember that I'm not them. I don't listen to jazz in the morning with a can of bear, waking up next my partner & feel so lifeless ! But you know, then I'm here in the reality. Which is even weirder but in a less interesting way :(

  • Salymar
    2019-04-13 12:06

    Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer. His works include 1Q84, The Wind-up bird Chronicle, etc. which have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. To date, I have been eyeing to read some of his latest works including this novel, The Elephant Vanishes. And now that I've finished this, I can't totally picture how I'm feeling right now, it's like I finally found my missing Tom cat for four(4) years while leaning over the edge of a boat and look down to the bottom of the sea watching as the water's calm surface reflected in the blue sky with thirty (30) orders of McDonald's Big Mac inside my mouth and a whole bunch of wind-up story of four(4) Kangaroos, a random Sandman carrying a 100% Perfect Girl who is not that pretty and a little green monster observing the yard as an enormous elephant began to disappear in thin air exactly rolling inside my head, satisfying. And that, my friends, came out of nowhere, but those weird and random things originally puked from The Elephant Vanishes. Ha ha ha. Puked, sorry, I just. Ha ha ha. Oookaaay, enough of that.This is the very first time I met a book that is hilariously written (that explains my mess up feelings above). The Elephant Vanishes is a compilation of stories that seems to be unreliably weird and unexplainable but once you think about it, the stories are about the simple and boring things or events people experience on a daily life basis, for example, the story of the Kangaroo Communiqué, if you look at it normally, it's about a bored employee who received a complaint from an ungrateful customer. As you can see, most of our life experiences really get in our nerves; Murakami tries to remove those stress and pushes us to leap into an exciting experience and separate those unreliable realities into a different one. "True, luck may rule over parts of a person's life and luck may cast patches of shadow across the ground of our being, but where there's a WILL-- much less a strong will to swim thirty laps or run twenty kilometers -- there's a way to overcome most any trouble with whatever stepladders you have around." --The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami

  • Andrea Tome
    2019-04-11 13:10

    3,75/5Normalmente no suelo tener muchos problemas a la hora de puntuar una colección de relatos, pero está en particular fue... Rara (y estamos hablando de Murakami, así que ya os imagináis cómo de raro).Ha habido relatos que han sido magistrales (El primero, el tercero y el último sobre todo), otros sencillamente buenos (el penúltimo y el segundo) y otros un pelín mediocres/demasiado extraños para ser clasificados (el de los chinos no tenía demasiado propósito, y el de los hombres de la tele y el del enanito saltarín eran DEMASIADO rarunos).Muy Murakami todo. Un poco de sueño y otro poco de pesadilla. Mucho realismo mágico (del bueno). Mucha sugestión. Y una prosa y unos diálogos inmejorables.

  • Meera
    2019-04-08 14:07

    I want to be able to be in two places at once.That is my one and only wish...

  • Agustina
    2019-03-27 10:00

    Murakami tiene eso de agregarte cosas totalmente extrañas en cada una de sus historias (pero que ahí tienen perfecto sentido!!) y creo que los cuentos son el escenario perfecto para eso. Son cortos, no hay que explicar mucha cosa. El autor es un muy buen cuentista y ésta es una interesante colección. Los que más me gustaron fueron:The second bakery attackOn seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morningBarn burningTV peopleThe silenceThe elephant vanishesRecomiendo no leerla de corrido, sino abrirlo cada tanto y disfrutar uno de los cuentos, como una tacita de café.

  • Amari
    2019-04-02 12:07

    I've been deeply disappointed in Murakami before, and I seem to remember that they're always short stories that I have found useless. But this collection floats my boat. I agree with some reviews I've read that complain of the lack of variety in the protagonists' situations -- they're, almost to a one, loners, bored, alienated, and around 30. Most of them are experiencing some kind of freakish alteration in the world around them which, I take, we are meant to interpret as changes in themselves. This kind of theme and this kind of protagonist simply doesn't lose its fascination for me, however, so I can keep plowing through these stories with aplomb. If you have trouble sleeping, like I do, just don't read "Sleep" before going to bed. A premonition led me to read that one during the day, and I'm glad I did.

  • Nafiza
    2019-04-16 18:10

    Some of the stories are unsettling, some are sly, and yet others offer an intensely introspective look at the world we live in. I have been reading Murakami for a long time and I can say with what little authority I have that this may be his finest work yet. I don't know where I read this but he is on record as saying that he finds short stories more fun to write than novels. His style is meticulous with a keen eye for details which can sometimes translate as being tedious and repetitive in novels but in short stories, especially the ones in this volume, the details stop just shy of being overwhelming. I cannot pinpoint a favourite though the one that lingers the longest is called "The Silence" where a man recounts how his 15 year old self was ostracized. The layered poignancy, resignation and fear of recurrence makes for a compelling story that will leave you thinking and musing. If you haven't read any Murakami yet, I say start with this because the collection showcases Murakami's varies interests and styles perfectly.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-04-07 15:00

    "Sleep" is one of the best stories I've ever read. I LOVE IT. I also love "Barn Burning" and "The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women" (though neither quite reach the height and final impact of "Sleep"). There are others I like a lot ("TV People" and "Last Lawn of the Afternoon" (which could be a Ron Carlson story)) and then some that I enjoyed but didn't seem to add up to a whole lot and then a very few I actively disliked ("The Dancing Dwarf" and "The Little Green Monster"-- yick). In general: someone witnesses or is involved in an unsolvable mystery, which mystery then exacerbates (and becomes a metaphor for) their apathy/depression/alienation/existential loneliness. I think I like Murakami more in novel form-- it gives you time to sink in and really absorb the atmosphere-- but "Sleep," though-- man! Amazing story. Just keeps building and building and then, wow A++

  • Eadweard
    2019-04-08 18:02

    Rating it according to Goodreads' system, so two stars mean "it was okay".I don't understand the Murakami love, two or three of the stories were good, the others I didn't care for, I always zone out whenever his characters start talking about food or popular western music, please give it a rest.

  • Caroline
    2019-04-15 18:00

    THIS is the second book of Murakami's short stories I have read and I've gotta say it was a bit of a mixed bag this time. There were a few that I loved and a few that I really didn't like but overall it was quite an enjoyable reading experience. The stories had spatterings of typical Murakami themes- there was a nostalgic air about them, characters struggling with isolation and reflecting on the past. A few of the stories dove a little further into magical realism than others which was fun. Definitely recommend this book! Here are my individual ratings:The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women - 3/5 starsThis story is actually the beginning of his book The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle which I've read and quite enjoyed. I have to say I enjoyed it better as a whole book and don't think the story offered much in the short form.The Second Bakery Attack - 5/5 starsOne of my favourites! This was a funny little story about a newlywed couple who rob a McDonalds at 2am one night. It was light and funny and very Murakami in its surreal silliness. The Kangaroo Communique - 2/5 starsI found this story to be kind of boring and think it went on for far too long considering it was just the kind of creepy ramblings of some guy. Quite meh.On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning - 5/5 starsAnother one of my favourites! This was a very short story and absolutely the most bittersweet thing. It reminded me in a way of the poem 'Masks' by Shel Silverstein and I really loved it.Sleep - 4/5 starsThis is one of those stories that I think went on slightly longer than it needed to but was still really good. It was all about a woman who finds herself completely unable to sleep for no apparent reason. It was strange and interesting and I quite liked it.The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, and the Realm of Raging Winds - 2/5 starsI just din't enjoy this one. The odd title is a reference to the characters journal and phrases he uses to recall things that happen on certain days. This was just a forgettable story, it was odd. There were also some random as fuck similes mixed in there but there's a chance that they were translation errors or something.Lederhosen - 5/5 starsThis was a really funny and charming little story within a story! It's about a marriage that fell apart over a pair of lederhosen. I really enjoyed it, the tone was great and it had some great humour.Barn Burning - 4/5 starsI feel like there was a point to this story and I didn't get it or something haha but I still liked it. Our narrator meets a man who, when high, talks about his love for burning barns. It was well-written and interesting. I liked that the tone was somewhat darker. The Little Green Monster - 4.5/5 starsThis was one of the shorter stories about a little green monster which burrows up through a woman's backyard because he's in love with her. I really loved it! It was bizarre, funny and short.Family affair - 4/5 stars This story was (I think) the one that felt the most Murakami. It was incredibly reflective about adulthood and family and what shapes us to be the people we are, flaws and all. I enjoyed it a lot and found it very relatable. A Window - 3/5 starsVery relaxed and nice as a story but not particularly memorable and a bit on the boring side.TV people - 2.5/5 starsI found myself skimming parts of this story, especially towards the end. It was odd and disjointed but not in a way that I enjoyed all that much.A Slow Boat to China - 5/5 starsThis was a longer story but it was up there with my favourites. It elicited some genuine emotion in me and was incredibly well-written. Just a really great story!The Dancing Dwarf - 3/5 starsThis one was so completely weird! It was bizarre and fun and had an odd/ sudden ending.The Last Lawn of the Afternoon - 3/5 starsSlower than the other stories. I enjoyed that it was very reflective (that always seems to be an aspect of Murakami's writing that I really love) but overall I found it din't leave a lasting impact and was a bit of a nothing story.The Silence - 5/5 starsThis was a great story! While waiting for a delayed flight, one man tells another about the only time he has punched someone. It was a really great story and I loved the way it developed. There was the reflection in it that I loved as well.The Elephant Vanishes - 4/5 starsI thought I would like this one a lot more than I did. The first half was really good and I like the mystery surrounding an elephant that had literally vanished but the conclusion wasn't as satisfying. It was still an entertaining story though!

  • Rema
    2019-04-24 10:10

    العالم الذي يأخذك إليه موراكامي، لا يشبه العالم الحقيقي؛ لهذا السبب بالتحديد موراكامي هو المفضل لدي."إختفاء الفيل" هي مجموعة قصص قصيرة لهاروكي موراكامي، وكنت أعرف أن موراكامي الذي يمتلك قدرة خارقة كقدرة في كتابة الروايات الطويلة سينجح في صنع عوالم باهرة صغيرة في القصص، وهذا ماحدث.كنت قد قرأت قصتين قصيرتين نشرهما موراكامي في الصحف وكانتا جيدة لكن لم تصل معي لحد الدهشة حتى أنني نسيت تفاصيلهما، بينما القصص المنشورة في هذا الكتاب بالتحديد تتجاوز الحد الرائع!كعادة موراكامي سوف يُدخلك في عقول أشخاص لا تعرفهم حتى تكاد تشعر أنك تعرفهم حق المعرفة، استطاع موراكامي في هذا الكتاب أن يجعلني أقرأ بدهشة وانتباه عن فيل يختفي فجأة! وعن قزم يهوى الرقص، وعن نوافذ تتفتح في عقولنا لا نقوى على إغلاقها، بالرغم من أنني قرأت الكتاب باللغة الإنجليزية لعدم صدور ترجمة عربية حتى الآن، إلا أنني سأنتظر بشدة صدور نسخته العربية وسأحرص على إقتناء الكتاب، إنه من الكتب التي تود أن تعود إليها مرارًا وتكرارًا.موراكامي لا يخيّب ظني