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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
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Nov 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: asian, read-2009

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 of the stories lack resolution or obvious resolution. They leave you thinking... the last few lines of text radiating ever wider and overlapping like ripples in a pond. It's like when you dream and all of these seemingly unrelated people and things and places interact and you wake-up thinking 'wow' that was a cool dream. Although the dream made no sense when you woke up, you can't help but think about it, and sometimes tell your best friend. That was this book. My alarm clock is going off now...
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Reading Progress

November 10, 2008 – Shelved
March 31, 2009 – Shelved as: asian
April 18, 2009 –
page 151
April 19, 2009 –
page 249
74.77% "One dream after another..."
April 20, 2009 – Shelved as: read-2009
Started Reading
April 21, 2009 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Dan (new)

Dan I haven't read this one yet. Your words have made me want to read it soon though.

message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben Loory yes. brian's words are powerful. my eyes are like spinning saucers. luckily it is too hot to go to the bookstore.

oh wait, no it's not.

Patty I think the story about the kidney shaped stone is possibly my favorite Murakami story every. I read this a couple of years ago, and that stone still follows me around.

Thatsbadshiva A good review. I agree with what you said about his stories starting simply, being most of the times about nothing, and very much like a dream!

Defne This review is accurate for all of his works.

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