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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
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Oct 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

This short story collection has some masterpieces (New York Mining Disaster, Man Eating Cats, etc.) along with some other nice stories. Still, one can say the collection has a uniform quality. What struck me most is the mental state of Murakami's characters. They don't much discuss their inner problems and most of them are ordinary people, but then sometime along their ultra-ordinary lives you realize their harrowing alienation. They do their jobs and have wives and children but really they are disconnected from the society in so many ways. The affairs, suicides, divorces and all other “emotional peaks” of the stories happen with such tranquility and in such a natural way that they seem as extensions of everyday life; there are no suicide notes left, no divorce lawyers and shouting matches, nothing. Interestingly, the word alienation is not mentioned in the entire book, but somewhere in the middle of the book you feel its a priori quality of Murakami's protagonists. The flow and rhythm of the stories are unlike typical modern western short stories. Instead of a build up of events to forming into a climax, everything is calm and the punchlines are delivered when you least expect them. I surely would recommend this to anyone interested in literature.
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