The Elephant Vanishes
When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset; a couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's; a woman finds she is irresitible to a small green monster that burrows (through her front garden; an insomniac wife wakes up to a twilight... show more
When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset; a couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's; a woman finds she is irresitible to a small green monster that burrows (through her front garden; an insomniac wife wakes up to a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of the stories that make up "The Elephant Vanishes" Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal. He has a deadpan genius for dislocating realities to uncover the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Publish date: 2003-02
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Magical Realism
, Short Stories
, Japanese Literature
I've had a tough time putting my finger on my feelings about Murakami and his writing. Before investing in this collection of short stories, I've read two of the author's more celebrated works, as well as the author's terse answers for The Secret Miracle project. I'm still not convinced of Murakami'...
This is my third Haruki Murakami read and by far my least favorite. After Norwegian Wood and After Dark, I felt this author could do no wrong. Those two novels were vastly different from each other - one a simplistic-yet-moving coming-of-age story and the other a mindtrip into the streets and charac...
Murakami ma specyficzny styl pisania. W niektórych opowiadaniach na tacy wiadome o co chodzi, w innych niestety, choćby się bardzo chciało, nie można zrozumieć sensu fabuły. W tym zbiorze znajdziemy różne opowiadania, mniej lub bardziej trafiające do odbiorcy. Oceniam książkę na takie 4+.
Z autorem spotkałam się wcześniej tylko raz. Pamiętam, że „Po zmierzchu” trochę mnie rozczarowało. Co sądzę o „Zniknięciu słonia”? Cóż, prawda jest taka, że… nie wiem. Za dużo w tym wszystkim absurdu, za dużo abstrakcji. Nie będę czarować - część opowiadań zrozumiałam, innych nie potrafiłam za nic z...
Some authors excel at writing novels. Others excel at the short form. A few are equally adept at writing novels and short stories. From my reading of The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami is not one of those people. Here’s why:Murakami’s novels are lush affairs. By that I mean that his proto-typica...
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