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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,774 Ratings  ·  1,305 Reviews
From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles comes this superb 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 entertaini ...more
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 08, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Ranee
Shelves: anthology
Reading the books of Haruki Murakami (born 1949) is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998). The two are the most notable world-known artists in Japan.

In particular, reading the 24 stories included in this collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is like watching Kurosawa's 1990 film, Dreams three times. The 8 stories in the film are said to be based on the actual dreams of Kurosawa. In Murakami's Introduction to the English Edition of this book, he said that Ice Man, one of the 24,
May 07, 2014 Oriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a story of why I am the best friend ever.

Way back in aught 5 or so (oh my god, how was that a decade ago), I worked at Random House. I was and am still a smoker; I could and do tell so many stories about how smoking has directed and redirected the course of my life (here's one about books!).

Anyway. There was a guy at RH I knew a bit because we smoked at the same time, and eventually I learned that he was like the head of marketing for a bunch of the big imprints. At one point he made me
Jan 15, 2011 Nenette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenette by: Gift from KD
I have read good reviews about this book, but I just couldn’t relate to them. The book picked up towards the end, with really nice stories…But one has to live through “waste of time” pieces throughout the book (mostly for the first three quarters) before one is treated to the nice ones (what is glory without suffering?)

Since this is a collection of short stories, I've decided to rate it by story, and then take the average. Average rating overall is 2.54, which technically translates to 3 stars
Apr 20, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, asian
Reading Murakami (Haruki) is kind of like dreaming. This was a book of 24 of his short stories. What I noticed is that unlike some short story collections I've read, Murakami has the talent of writing a few first lines that just grab you and make you rush on with the story. But then what seems straightforward, say a simple love affair, ends up being just a firefly stuck in a jar or an endless trip to the south pole; the end sometimes has no relation to the beginning or no apparent relation. Some ...more
Kwesi 章英狮
I like to read short stories since the day I entered college, because It takes me less time to finish them and plus I already feel the pleasure of reading. A research shows that Filipinos were short story lovers because of our current condition, fast paced world. I don’t know if I should nod while agreeing with the fact that we like short stories, but in the darkest side, I was one of the Filipinos who liked to read them.

What I really loved bout Murakami was his passion in writing novels and sho
Franco  Santos
No pude formar un vínculo con estos relatos. Solo cuatro los considero buenos, entretenidos, que se pueden disfrutar. Pero los demás me resultaron insípidos, aburridos y pesados, con personajes cuyas vidas no me conmovieron ni me interesaron.

Lo que menos me gustó fue que tuve que transitar en cada cuento por una historia anodina o tediosa y que, al llegar al final, el autor, en vez de darle un sentido a todo lo que había leído (soportado), me haya demostrado que el relato era, en efecto, un inc
Oct 03, 2011 Noce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E c'è ancora gente che quando vuole evadere guarda la Tv

Per questa volta eviterò di annoiarvi con le mie solite manifestazioni stucchevoli di cieco amore nei confronti di Haruki.

Vi lascerò soltanto una profondissima perla di saggezza che ho maturato nella mia innata modestia a fine lettura. ù_ù

Murakami sta al lettore come una donna di vent'anni sta a un suo coetaneo maschio (e sottolineo coetaneo).

Ossia: la donna a parità di condizioni afferra e vede cose che l'uomo può appena intravedere solo c
Ahmad Sharabiani
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami (1949)
عنوان: درخت بید کور و دختر خفته (مجموعه داستان)؛ اثر: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: مونا حسینی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، قطره، 1391، در 89 ص، شابک: 9786001195938؛ کتاب از متن انگلیسی اثر ترجمه شده، چاپهای سوم و چهارم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان ژاپنی، قرن 21 م
Vishal V
Jan 19, 2013 Vishal V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murakami's fiction is all about natural presence of the surreal in ordinary lives. The outright absurd is readily accepted by many of the characters, creating some curious protagonists, bizarre stories, and a thoroughly entertaining read.

This is my first attempt at his short stories and frankly I am confused over some of the metaphors and symbologies in "Blind Willow, Sleeping Women" and a few others, but that I believe, is in itself the beauty of his writing. In most of his tales we are always
Apr 13, 2009 Lausº rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to think a way to define this book ... I cannot think otherwise than as a "Short story Matryoshka" (Cultural information: matryoshkas are those typical russian wooden dolls of different sizes placed one inside the other). Because as the reading progresses you'll find stories inside other stories, maybe this is part of the originality of the writer.

His style stands out even from the way he entitled the stories, the titles are as imaginative as: The year of spaguetti, A perfect day for ka
Elida Karaivanova
I love Murakami’s characters and their loneliness, the silent suffering they go through and the fact that you are never really sure whether they are daydreaming, dreaming, having superpowers or are just being highly sensitive. Yet again, loneliness is one the main topics in Murakami’s work and this book is no exception – “Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was actually loneliness ?”, or the final paragraph of “The Year Of The ...more
مونا حسینی
چاپ پنجم 11/93
Jan 30, 2016 Amena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed dipping in and out of these short stories. The symbolism and clarity he writes with is unreal. Love this guy.
Camille Stein
—El corazón de las personas es como un pozo muy profundo. Nadie sabe lo que hay en el fondo. Sólo podemos imaginárnoslo mirando la forma de las cosas que, de vez en cuando, suben a la superficie.

Él y ella pensaban en lo mismo. En un avión. En el avión que el corazón de él construía en lo más recóndito de un bosque lejano. En su tamaño, en la forma que tenía, en el color del que estaba pintado, en el lugar al que se dirigiría. Y en quién montaría en él. En el avión que estaba esperando a alguien
I love short stories and I enjoyed Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart, so I decided to try this collection.

Reading these stories was like listening to a stoned student at some cheap beer joint which is usually full of such individuals. As you might or might not know, they're usually full of bullshit. Same can be said for most of these stories. They're just agonizingly dull. With each next one, I grew more and more bored. They're all just a flash of idea, a half-bred plot or character; there's little
Only Murakami can write a poignant story about a monkey stealing people's names.

I concur with Goodreaders who've given this collection otherwise mediocre reviews that with the exception of "Birthday Girl" in the beginning, the most complete and fulfilling stories are all lumped right at the end. "Chance Traveler," "The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day," and "A Shinagawa Monkey" are excellent, especially if you're as disheartened by the rest of the collection as I was.

I'm surprised that
Jan 13, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-edition, 2010
It turns out I've read a bunch of the stories in "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" before -- almost half of them, I'd guess, and likely all in The New Yorker. It was nevertheless enjoyable to revisit a few of those, including "The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day," which I had strong memories of reading even before I read this book, and "A Shinagawa Monkey," which I'd forgotten about until I began rereading it.

Reading Murakami's book was not, however, a completely enjoyable experience. I've
Sep 09, 2007 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite authors. His postmodern work alternates between full length novels and short story collections and they are always wildly innovative and thought provoking. Often compared to Kafka and Camus, his work has unexplained mystical events, mysteries that are solve with intuition rather than solid clues and unexpectedly funny moments. These stories are epiphanies in which the characters wander through surreal or magical experiences and end up with a new understandin ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Donatella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c'è niente da fare, Murakami mi piace. Ancora di più nella veste di scrittore di racconti. Apprezzo soprattutto quel tono di "tutto normale" che colora i racconti più bizzarri, come se le cose più anomale e insolite fossero un'esperienza quotidiana. Molti racconti, come ho già scritto, sono inoltre delle vere e proprie finestre: si intuisce l'inizio e non esiste una vera e propria fine che si snoda al di là della nostra visuale, come un'auto che passa oltre il riquadro. Coglie spesso il punt ...more
Fahima Jaffar
Jan 25, 2011 Fahima Jaffar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعةٌ من أربعٍ وَعشرين قصّةً قصيرةً للكاتبِ اليابانيّ هاروكي موراكامي. رغم فتنةِ السردِ فيها، ما زلتُ أجرّ خطاي في الأربعِ الأخيرةِ منها. تمتازُ أحداث قصصه عن بعضها البعض لكنَّ شخوصه – في معظمها- تتقاطعُ في انشغالها بذواتها أكثر من اهتمامِها بالعالم، أو – تحرّياً للدقةِ – في التفاتِها للعالم خلال انهماكها في ذواتِها. ليسَ الانهماكَ الذي يعزلها عن الآخرين أو يقيمُ بينها وَبين محيطها حاجزاً.. لكنْ يبدو أنّها تنمو في معزلٍ عن تأثيراتِ محيطِها المباشرة، أو تظهرُ في النصِّ مكتملةً كالمخرجاتِ الأشدّ ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Rapariga que Inventou um Sonho” é uma coletânea de vinte e quatro contos, publicados entre 1981 e 2005.
Pequenas histórias tão simples e diretas, como fantásticas e surrealistas… bem ao estilo de Haruki MuraKami.
Rosa Ramôa
Aug 16, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Muito mais que um sonho...A proximidade!
Samir Rawas Sarayji
It's the first time I could put down a Murakami book and read other books in-between, rather than wait eagerly for the next opportunity to pick it up and zap to the end. Unlike his other two short-story collections After the Quake (my favourite of the three) and The Elephant Vanishes, this one was too much of the same. That's right, I'm stating the obvious because other than Norwegian Wood, most of Murakami's fiction is the same. I know this at the start, which is probably why I pick a book of h ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Ayunda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out the full review at my blog Tea and Paperbacks.

I expected that Murakami's short stories in this book are realistic, but I was pleasantly surprised to find some of them also had fantasy elements to it. I really enjoyed the themes he put into the short stories, and although all these stories aren't connected to each other, they really have that similar feel and tone that I know is special only to Murakami's style.

One of my favourite to read for me was Birthday Girl, A Folklore For My Ge
Ubik 2.0
Jun 24, 2015 Ubik 2.0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
Murakami in pillole

In discordanza con altri commenti che ho letto, a me non pare che la dimensione “racconto” si addica particolarmente alla narrativa di Murakami, sebbene possa trattarsi piuttosto di una mia personale scarsa propensione a tale genere di formato.

Nei racconti di “I salici ciechi e la donna addormentata” i temi cari al grande autore giapponese ci sono tutti ed anzi alcuni spunti sembrano prefigurare il canovaccio da cui lo scrittore trarrà, con ben altra avvolgente potenza, uno de
Oct 03, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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این فکر همیشه در ذهنم جان می گیرد که: ترسناک ترین چیزی که در جهان وجود دارد، خود ما هستیم. شما چه فکر می کنید؟
حتما متوجه شده اید که من در خانه ام حتی یک آینه هم ندارم. باور کنید یادگیری اصلاح کردن بدون آینه کار چندان ساده ای نبود.
داستان آینه
Sarah Sammis
Mar 01, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released, review-copy
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is the first book by Haruki Murakami I've had the pleasure of reading. It won't be the last. This slim book contains twenty-four short stories that range from subtle character studies of ordinary folks to journeys into the surreal.

These stories were translated beautifully by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin who have translated many of his other books. Gabriel did the English translation of Kafka on the Shore, for example.

My favorite story is "Chance Traveler" which recou
Joel Lacivita
Mar 21, 2015 Joel Lacivita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best book of short stories I've ever read. I had intended to read a couple here and there but I found I couldn't stop reading them. Just about every story had me thinking about their meaning long after I read them. I had no idea his short stories were so incredible.

There are some common themes through out. One character will have a parallel with another character and there are many themes in regard to family members, spouses, and old friends who are not as close they normal
Jul 09, 2012 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensione di “I salici ciechi e la donna addormentata” : Per me Haruki Murakami e’ un genio; la sua capacità di combinare realtà e fantasia, divertimento e malinconia, paradossi ed emozioni, è unica.
Può darsi che i riconoscimenti valgano quel che valgano, ma trovo ingiusto che non gli sia ancora stato assegnato il Nobel per la letteratura, come ogni tanto ipotizzato. Fine della recensione.
Aug 14, 2015 Ananya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Haruki Murakami is a wonderful writer, nobody is denying that. But I don't really appreciate a culture which normalizes infidelity. It just doesn't appeal to me. and Murakami does that a lot. The stories did not ring a bell, except for the last one, A chance traveller, that one being a good one because it introduces Murakami's own self to the story. It seems to be autobiographical and I like such stories. His ideas are so extraordinary, the writing so simple that it would appeal to a Murakami fa ...more
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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