The Elephant Vanishes, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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 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.




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More hit than miss, but not many bullseyes either. Haruki Murakami's collection of short stories is a must for fans of the Japanese author (myself included), but probably not a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn why he seems to have attracted a legion of dedicated followers. The usual ingredients of Murakami's novels are all here, but in too brief a form to be anywhere near as captivating.

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Not being that much of a short story reader, but being a hardcore Murakami fan, I wondered what would carry more weight: the short stories or Murakami.Turns out that even if Murakami writes them, short stories are not my thing. They seem to be the start of a great story but then suddenly end. Just like that! The first story in this collection is living proof: as a story it doesn't go anywhere, but later on Murakami used it as the start of The wind-up bird chronicles, which is - in my opinion - a great novel. Having said this, I did like some of the stories in this collection. Most of all "The silence" and "The dancing dwarf".

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