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The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
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Nov 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: asian-interest, fiction, short-stories, classics-book-club
Recommended for: Japanese and Murakami enthusiasts.
Read from November 24 to 28, 2010 , read count: 1

This is a brilliant collection of short stories that serves as a gateway to much of Murakami's later fiction. The earlier set in the collection explores the tenuous relationships that exist between man and wife. The pacing and settings of Murakami's novels seem so placid, that every little disturbance, whether it be an event, image, or action is recalibrated to seem more important than one would otherwise expect it to be. At times the stories use fantastical or supernatural elements to comment upon personal life or society: in this respect I read "Sleep" and "The Dancing Dwarf" as fairy tales taken to the next level.

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