The Elephant Vanishes: Stories
With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite... show more
With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard. By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities -- and to come back bearing treasure. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publish date: August 11th 2010
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...