A dizzying collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinary
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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 irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.
How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration
Independent on Sunday
Enchanting...intriguing... All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone
Wall Street Journal
All the stories take place in parallel worlds not so much remote from ordinary life as hidden within its surfaces: secret alleys that afford unexpected - and unsettling - views
New York Times
Like the best thriller fiction, it nags you with the sensation that Something Nasty is about to happen
Most collections of short stories work by the interplay of different voices. This one offers the more satisfying rewards of a novel: unity of tone and a richness of recurring detail that creates its own texture: spaghetti, lawns, hamburgers, beer-drinking, kid sisters, Sunday afternoons, a man's name
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Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk ...