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Men Without Women

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A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are v
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Bond Street Books (first published 2014)
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Kate The lines that appear in the book are not part of the actual Yesterday song by The Beatles. The Japanese phonetic translation of:
Yesterday / Is two…more
The lines that appear in the book are not part of the actual Yesterday song by The Beatles. The Japanese phonetic translation of:
Yesterday / Is two days before tomorrow / the day after two days ago
is: Kinō ashita no nichi maedesu nichi go no yokujitsu.
Moot U CZ2128 Delta Is that common profession. in Japan?

No, not at all.

She is said to be a housewife but having sex is part of service. Seems like a big cultural…more
Is that common profession. in Japan?

No, not at all.

She is said to be a housewife but having sex is part of service. Seems like a big cultural difference.

Again, you are completely mistaken. That sort of job would be regarded as much illegitimate/illegal/inappropriate in Japan as it would be in your country. (less)

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Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I saw Murakami yesterday. I don't mean that in a metaphorical way: I literally saw him in my home town of Odense, Denmark. He received the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award and made a few small appearances while he was here, one of which was at our local library. There were only 180 of us there, and I don't think anyone left the room afterwards thinking that the event had been so-so. I, at least, felt dazed and enriched and happy afterwards. We heard him read aloud from a short story (in Ja ...more
Bookdragon Sean
Men Without Women is a collection of stories about despairing men and loneliness; it depicts men who try to cope with the sorrows of life after their loved one has departed from them. Unable to move on, the men spend the rest of their days lamenting what they will never again feel.

So this is a sad collection, one that captures the harsh realities of human experience, at least, the experience some people will ultimately feel in the face of rejection. The feelings the men have here are not needy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THESE STORIES!!!! They penetrated through my ears and my thoughts. I was hanging on to every word walking around town completely captivated.

The only thing I didn't like -- only for a couple of minutes-is when switching to a new story... I wasn't ready to transition. Yet, they were 'all' fascinating & amazing!!!

Quick question? Do you think women drive different than men? And...
MEN: do you feel less at ease in the passenger seat with a woman driving - than when a man is?
Andrew Smith
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
When you delve into a Murakami book you’re never quite sure what you’ll find – will it be surreal and mind bending, like The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, or darkly realistic like Norwegian Wood? Well this collection of short stories certainly has more in common with the latter, though not entirely so.

The title gives away the linking theme, but that’s too simplistic. There’s longing and loneliness here but also a desire to understand, to discover. The tones are often deeply melancholic and are told
“HE WOKE TO discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa.”

Yes, that's right... Kafka in reverse!

This must be the best opening line that I have seen in a short story for a long while. It is not the first one in this collection, but it certainly grabbed my attention. This collection reminded me why Haruki Murakami is one of my favourite authors.

Here are some tasters:

Drive my Car
””… Performing allowed me to be someone other than myself. And I could revert back when the
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ja prosto obožavam ovog čoveka!
Savršeno, na njegov svojstven način upakovano.
Svaku sam priču doživela kao jedan mali roman.

❤ Imam osećaj da su njeno i moje srce nečim čvrsto povezani. Kad se njeno srce pomeri, ono sa sobom povuče i moje. Kao dva čamca vezano konopcem. Čak i da želim da presečem tu vezu, sečivo kojim bi se ona dala preseći nigde ne postoji. ❤

Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
"That's what it is like to lose a woman. And at a certain time, losing one woman means losing all women. That's how we become Men Without Women."
-- Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women


This is a soft Murakami. A lot of his novels are dreamlike, but this one seems more like an emotional smell than a memory. There just isn't a lot to grab onto. It reminded me of petting a sea anemone flower at a local aquarium. I knew I was doing it. I was even thrilled a bit as I was doing it. It just didn't registe
Loved it! I always love Murakami, even his less than perfect works but this is an excellent addition to his oeuvre. I generally prefer his novels to his short fiction but these stories are wonderful.

The stories all center around the loneliness of the male protagonists. There are missed connections and losses and a general inability to connect or stay connected to anyone, especially women. But these men seem generally isolated and lonely. Even their male friendships tend to center around lost or
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: haruki-murakami
Dreams are the kind of things you can—when you need to—borrow and lend out.

You know how, for many people, reading books is like travelling without leaving the comfort of their living rooms? For me, reading Murakami is like returning home after a long and exhaustive trip. His prose, his style, all the little well known things that make up his stories, feel like a cozy, dim-lit room with dark corners and telephones that ring menacingly, like an unfortold dark turn of events, in the middle of the
Mutasim Billah
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, short-stories
"But when I look back at myself at age twenty what I remember most is being alone and lonely."

Ahh Murakami and his endless alienated, lonely male characters! Men Without Women is a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami that came out in 2017 (not to be confused with Hemingway's short-story collection of the same name). Here, we have seven stories with male characters, each with varying degrees of despair, dread or loneliness from the lack or loss of women. There are themes of grief, betr
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Υπάρχουν δύο τρόποι να κοιτάξει κανείς τον Μουρακάμι: μέσα από το βλέμμα της δημόσιας, άμυαλης γνώμης, που σχηματίζεται αυθαίρετα, και θέλει τον Μουρακάμι εσαεί ηττημένο υποψήδιο νομπελίστα. Και υπάρχει και η άλλη, του αναγνώστη που θα δει τον Μουρακάμι μέσα από τα μάτια αυτών που αγαπάνε την γραφή του.

Αυτή η συγκρατημένη γραφή του, κάτι το μελαγχολικά ψυχρό πολλές φορές στον τρόπο που οι ήρωές του κινούνται και μιλάνε, ακόμα με κάνει να εκπλήσσομαι με την αναγνώριση που έχει παγκοσμίως. Αν και
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mua cuốn này đúng vào mùa Nobel công bố các hạng mục. Năm nay bác già lại trượt cái giải văn chương, không bất ngờ gì mấy. Bác là một thiên tài kể chuyện, không thể phủ nhận gì về điều ấy nhưng chỉ thế thôi là chưa đủ. Bác vẫn "thiếu", vẫn chưa thể đạt tới tầm của giải Nobel (mặc dù thiết nghĩ bác đã đạt tới tầm của một số người từng đoạt giải Nobel).
Trước ngày công bố, Svetlana Alexievich dẫn đầu trong danh sách của các nhà cái, cuối cùng bà ấy ăn giải thật. Thực sự thì chưa từng nghe tên bà ấy
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, lit-jap
Hay autores que cuando te enteras que van a sacar un libro nuevo lo celebras por todo lo alto. Esperas, cuentas los días, y corres el mismo día de su publicación para por fin tenerlo en tus manos. Lo observas, le das la vuelta, lo abres por la mitad y lo saboreas un poco más antes de ponerte manos a la obra con su contenido. Hombres sin mujeres es el último libro publicado de Haruki Murakami en nuestro país. En esta ocasión, Tusquets nos traen una colección de siete relatos, relatos, que conserv ...more
Aya Hamza
I don't read lots of short story collections because most of them feel too rushed, but in this one every single story is well written and complete.
I read many short stories by Murakami and really enjoyed it, but never read a complete collection by him. Now, I want to dive into the rest of his collections!
The stories are beautifully written. Murakami has such a way with words. He never disappoint me!
The stories themselves are amazing. There is no plot to them, but as usual Murakami writes chara
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-realism
Seven stories. All about pitifully isolated men, struggling with the loss of women in their lives, coming to terms, although at a snail's pace, with death and heartbreak - some even failing miserably at that. It seems to me, Murakami has been writing about them forever.

Merging all the characters that Murakami, over the years, breathed life into, we invariably discover a man, always the same man, the ultimate loner. Murakami has given him new names and effaced older ones. But there's no question
Sam Quixote
Haruki Murakami’s latest short story collection is also my least favourite of his so far. Out of the seven fairly longish stories, only one of them was half-decent while the others ranged from bleh to agonisingly dull.

Kino is the ok story where a recently heartbroken man opens up a bar and plays host to a strange man who comes in every week, reads a book and drinks his booze. Its focus meanders quite a bit from Kino to the stranger to some random woman and then back to the stranger, though it’s
ocell de foc
Nunca sé cómo valorar los libros de Murakami. Si hay una cosa que tengo clara, y que puedo admitir, es que no soy capaz de apreciar el arte de muchas de sus obras. Probablemente sea porque es un escritor de otra generación mucho más adulta que la mía y me cuesta sentirme identificado con los personajes de sus historias (a excepción de Tokio Blues, de momento).

Lo que sí puedo apreciar, sin duda, es un gran arte en su forma de escribir, con líneas muy claras, con un simbolismo refinado, y que siem
Betsy Robinson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am a Murakami fan (I’ve loved his novels), so I was surprised that I didn’t love this collection of short stories. I know they are said to be “new work,” but some of them seemed immature, and I wondered if they were earlier pieces that had been pulled out of a bottom drawer. Here are briefs written right after I finished each story—a very uneven mix:

“Drive My Car” is really a story about how we are all actors, briefly playing roles, then resuming something else which is different each time we
Leo Robertson
Quick! Name a famous Murakami! Haruki will be the first, sure, but please don't forget about Ryu, Takashi, and I'm sure there are others. LIKE, it's not even like Ryu and Takashi are like, a famous 90s Honda CEO and the inventor of sashimi respectively; they're both ALSO famous ALIVE artists with the surname MURAKAMI! There may be many other talented artistic geniuses named Murakami, but my copy of this book brazenly disavows their cultural existence with its shiny fucking font declaring MURAKAM ...more
Paul Secor
Men Without Women is the second collection of Murakami's short stories that I've read. The first, The Elephant Vanishes, was the reading equivalent of receiving a mixtape of wonderful music which I'd never heard before. Reading each of them was like being caught up in a delightful whirlwind that took me to somewhere I had never been before.
Men Without Women was an altogether different experience. The stories, even though they might have had disturbing subject matter in some cases, left me feelin
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
A somewhat disappointing book of short stories by Murakami. I suppose that this will be the last of his books that I shall read. After a great start, Murakami seems to have become a bad emulator of Murakami. Those quirky little things like the disappearing cat that once entertained me now stroke me as non sequetors that merely frustrate me. Seven stories that neither left an impression nor entertained. They shall quickly fade.
Franco  Santos
Para los hombres sin mujeres, el mundo es una mezcolanza vasta e intensa, es la otra cara de la Luna en su totalidad.
Qué buenos relatos. Los mejores, a mi gusto, son Yesterday, Un órgano independiente y Hombres sin mujeres. Me parecieron sublimes. Son cuentos que no olvidaré fácilmente.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always love Murakami's work. I sometimes do not understand it fully but his flow of words, his use of metaphor, and his writing is mesmerizing. Putting together seven short stories in this book, underlines this most talented author. Each one of them is a story of a man alone, without a woman to be their guide through life. Told in his usual mysterious style and with always a nod to humor, Marakami presents the reader with lots to think about as he takes us on this journey that his male charact ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murakami lo hace una y otra vez. Quizás mucha gente se haya cansado de leer sobre soledades, personalidades perdidas, bares llenos de whisky y los mismos elementos de siempre.
Sin embargo, yo le admiro poder construir tanto con poco. Los mismos elementos, las mismas ciudades y las mismas caras invisibles llenan estos relatos que se juntaron en un libro más de Murakami, otro acercamiento al tratamiento de la soledad, de la cotidianeidad japonesa y de cómo es no tener a quién amar, estar confundid
Paul Fulcher
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Suddenly one day you become Men Without Women.

That day comes to you completely out of the blue, without the faintest of warnings or hints beforehand. No premonitions or foreboding, no knocks or clearing of throats. Turn a corner and you know you're there already there. But by then there's no going back. Once you round that bend, that is the only world you can possibly inhabit. In that world you are called 'Men Without Women.' Always a relentlessly frigid plural.

Only Men Without Women can compreh
Caro M.
Very Murakami-sh collection of six short stories. I waited for it soo long. And I loved it. If you're not in love with his writing style you should rather avoid it, haha.
My only problem with it was that I've already read two stories in New Yorker, so I got only four new ones to enjoy. Bitching much? But of course. :)
мини тяло
Любимата ми дума напоследък е „интровертен“. Или ако не е любима, то явно навсякъде се срещаме. Взаимно си препречваме маршрутите, още несвикнали една с друга. Но това е то порастването, лишаваш се от някои дадености, оказваш се на пътя, сам, чакаш нещо да ти се случи и в чакането откриваш, че трябва да си го случиш сам.

Отърсваме се от себе си; не че не сме си необходими – но все такова е порастването, искаме да го усетим някак и безобразно се намразваме, зачеркваме се.

(...) размишлявах за сво
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El amado/odiado gen Murakami permanece intacto (si acaso reforzado) en los siete cuentos que componen el presente volumen. Ningún cambio radical ni revolucionario hay por descubrir en esta última tanda de relatos que nos trae el escritor japonés: sus personajes transitan los mismos y solitarios flujos narrativos, dejando a su paso un perturbador rastro de tristeza, melancolía y alienación especialmente contraindicado para individuos en bajo estado de ánimo. Tal y como indica su título, existe en ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murakami-mania
Let me quantify this low star rating.

1, I love Haruki Murakami, he is without doubt one of my favourite authors. This was my 8th book by him.
2, I have a really bad relationship with short story collections, although I am reading a classic short story/novel on a Sunday, to try and amend this. The only short story collection I've ever loved and given 5* to is In the land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman and all the stories in that book are connected.
3, My favourite books by Murakami tend t
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Additional Note: Hemingway also wrote similarly titled book which was also a set of short stories. His approach is different, and to me it was better (three star review from me) than Murakami's effort.
Original Review:
This is the tenth book I've read by this author, and thus Murakami enters a small group of writers with whom I've shared/read at least ten works. But none of them have won a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize (I have read nine books, though, by John Updike, and he has won two very deserving Pu
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