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The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
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May 29, 12

really liked it
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Read from February 07 to March 28, 2012

Loneliness like a bottomless well, and a haunting sense of something missing. Always true, I guess, of Murakami.

Favorites are The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women; The Kangaroo Communique; On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning; and Sleep (a devastating horror story; I can't shake it).

"...I have packed into a trunk my faithful little outfielder's pride. I sit on the stone steps by the harbor, and I wait for that slow boat to China. It is due to appear on the blank horizon. I am thinking about China, the shining roofs, the verdant fields.

Let loss and destruction come my way. They are nothing to me. I am not afraid. Any more than the clean-up batter fears the inside fastball, any more than the committed revolutionary fears the garrotte. If only, if only...

Oh, friends, my friends, China is so far away." - "Slow Boat to China" (p. 239)

Keeping; as if I ever part with the short stories.

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