The Elephant Vanishes

The Elephant Vanishes A collection of off the wall short stories by Japan s leading contemporary novelist An elephant vanishes hunger drives acouple to rob McDonalds an insomniac wife wakes in a different world hours

  • Title: The Elephant Vanishes
  • Author: Haruki Murakami John Chancer Rupert Degas Tim Flavin Teresa Gallagher Mark Heenehan Walter Lewis Jeff Peterson
  • ISBN: 9789626344064
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Audio CD
  • A collection of off the wall short stories by Japan s leading contemporary novelist An elephant vanishes hunger drives acouple to rob McDonalds an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.10 hours, 30 minutes, 40 seconds

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      Published :2018-08-12T17:22:26+00:00

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    1. 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-typically lazy character has time. Time to develop interests, time to contemplate deeply, time to be affected, to become . . . something. The short form, by its very nature, does not allow the same luxu [...]

    2. apatheticEvery protagonist in Murakami's books (though, I've only read this and 'Norwegian Wood') are apathetic. They just float through their lives, never really caring about what is happening, or if there is anything they can do to fix it.I think to some readers this could be quite tedious, but there is something real about these characters because of their apathy. Through the bizarre situations the characters face, the reader can relate on some level.The first few stories did annoy me, as man [...]

    3. Not only was the book amazing (I truly believe he can do no wrong), but one of my best friends and I saw an actual play of it several years ago at Lincoln Center. We had seats in the very front row. The play (as required, I'm sure) was balls-out crazy, all in Japanese, with a ticker doing subtitles at the the top of the stage. My memory sucks, but I think I recall a bunch of people with static-spewing TVs for heads, and some crazy shit with sideways sleeping people. Probably I should reread the [...]

    4. One cloudy night in April, in a habitual relay of stalking the profiles of strangers on GR, I found The 100% Perfect Girl.To be truthful, she wasn't especially beautiful in her profile picture. Nor did any particular part of her profile jump out at me. Her bookshelves were all over the place, and she didn't seem to be that active on GR any more. She hadn't written many reviews either. However, the moment I clicked on 'Compare Books', I knew. She is The 100% Perfect Girl for me. When I saw that o [...]

    5. You too can write like Murakami. Just remember the simple rules -1) Think of something weird. Multiply the weirdness by 10. I haven't slept for last 16 nights and 17days. Today is the 17th night. I couldn't sleep. I tried. But failed. I typed in Google Search "Insomnia". It took me to the Christopher Nolan's movie. I didn't watch that movie. I like Christopher Nolan, though. So does my cat. My cat doesn't watch any TV. But whenever a Christopher Nolan movie comes he gets glued to the TV. We all [...]

    6. 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 characters of nocturnal Japan - and I was hoping some of that mastery of story would show up in each one of these tales. I was sorely mistaken. My rating is based solely on the fact that I only liked 7 out [...]

    7. 3.8The wind-up bird and Tuesday's women: ****The second bakery attack: *****The kangaroo communique: ***On seeing the 100% perfect girl one April morning: *****Sleep: *****The fall of the roman empire, the 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's invasion of Poland, and the realm of raging winds: **Lederhosen: ***Barn burning: ****The little green monster: ****Family affair: ***A window: ***TV people: *****A slow boat to China: ****The dancing dwarf: ****The last lawn of the afternoon: ***Silence: ***The [...]

    8. Like the secretive, quiet fall of rain, they steal into the gloomThey say that surrealist author Haruki Murakami captures the 'common ache' of the 'contemporary heart and mind'. I thought this was a pretty spot-on description of some of his best short stories. I began reading Murakami in 2007, and he was a writer whose work and style resonated so strongly for me at that time where I'm confronted with the ambiguities of daily existence. He will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my [...]

    9. To Murakami's fans, I must apologize, because although I liked this collection of stories, I didn't love it. And from what I've heard, to read Murakami is to fall in love with him. However, if his novels mirror the dazzling, freakish, and surprising plot of Sleep,or have the tension that builds when you must follow outlandish characters, like the ones in The Second Bakery Attack, I'll read a Murakami novel again and again. Yet while I do admire the fragmentary poignancy of the narratives in this [...]

    10. There were some good stories, but overall I don't think Murakami is someone I would go to for short stories. He is terrible at conclusions for them, and only 1 or 2 stories left me wanting more. He is very very hit or miss with me and I'm finding a lot of misses with him lately. He has a very distinct style that shines through every novel he writes, but weirdly, I only like it sometimes.

    11. What can I say about Haruki Murakami? He is famous, both in Japan and abroad, although in the States those who know him tend to be Literary Hipsters who are interested in Asia. He writes novels and short stories, although his novels tend to be a bit disjointed and episodic, hinged like a Jacob's ladder. His short stories will always employ a simile at the top of the second page which may seem at times deep and yet simple. When I started reading The Elephant Vanishes, I wasn't really sure what I [...]

    12. The Elephant Vanishes (TEV) is a compilation of 17 short stories which largely features loneliness, isolation and the act of breaking off the chains of conformity to modern Japanese highly expectant culture. Out of 17 stories here, 13 stories were a hit and the rest were okayish/pleasant enoughP 5 favourites in The Elephant Vanishes:1. Sleep"This is my seventeenth straight day without a sleep."God, I really really really loved Sleep. It's raw, honest and invigoratingly refreshing. It tells a sto [...]

    13. Murakami here delivers a highly accessible and quirky collection of stories. Murakami's conversational narrative voice throughout provides for an intimate atmosphere with readers. As usual, I'll rate the stories individually below. Despite a couple of hiccups, I'd recommend the work. 3.5* The Wind-up Bird and Tuesday's Women. A quirky urban story.4* The Second Bakery Attack. A couple make a second bakery attack on MacDonald's. Murakami at his offbeat best.4* The Kangaroo Communique. An experimen [...]

    14. Finalmente riesco a leggere una nuova opera del mio autore giapponese preferito, Haruki Murakami. Stavolta divoro (anzi, assaporo) una sua raccolta di racconti. Ecco le mie brevi impressioni racconto per racconto:- Una lenta nave per la Cina; questo racconto non mi ha entusiasmato più di tanto, mediocre. - Granai incendiati; questo racconto mi è piaciuto.- Il nano ballerino; il titolo dice tutto: il protagonista della storia viene posseduto da un misterioso nano ballerino. Storia abbastanza cr [...]

    15. The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women: Entretenido, linda prosa. (3/5)The Second Bakery Attack: Me gustó mucho. Atrapante desde el comienzo y con una trama divertida. (3.5/5)The Kangaroo Communiqué: Relato ligero, sin nada de especial. (2.5/5)On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning: Hermoso cuento. Muy corto pero inolvidable. Una pequeña joya. Es el mejor del libro, sin dudas. (4.5/5)Sleep: Buena historia. Final raro. (3/5)The Fall of the Roman Empire, the 1881 Indian Upris [...]

    16. murakami short stories rock my socks. on a purely structural level, his sentence composition is brilliant. short, descriptive, simple, and undeniably beautiful in a way that perhaps only a writer with an eastern perspective could achieve. sometimes his sentences make you feel as if you are gazing from the summit of a mountain with no one else around. besides that, his blend of the absurd with the bitterly mundane is a juxtaposition that only the most skilled writer could pull off. with bizarre t [...]

    17. This collection of 17 short stories are all geniusly written. They captivated me instantly from the TV guys who consistently make a haunting appearance in ‘TV People’ to the housewife who no longer needs shut eye in ‘Sleep’, with ‘The Elephant Vanishes’ concluding the chain of whimsical happenings ever-so vividly illustrated. I’ve always felt a bit daunted going into short stories because reading them requires a certain type of reader. One who is able to remain completely absorbed [...]

    18. Mis favoritos:Sobre el encuentro con una chica cien por cien perfecta en una soleada mañana del mes de abrilA este puro relato le regalaría cinco estrellas, un jumbito y le cargaría la BIP a Murakami si viajara en transantiago. Un barco lento a ChinaNo se si me hubiese gustado tanto si no me sientiera cercana a la cultura china. Quizá no, pero como la realidad es otra, le doy 4 estrellas.El enanito bailarínTerror, humor y realismo "Murakamiano" at its best. 3,8 estrellas solo por su final n [...]

    19. Murakami manages to keep the mind riveted in ways that I don't even fully understand. If most of these stories were pitched to me as an editor, I'd think they were somewhere between banal and stupidly fanciful in the way of a story that a seven year-old might tell. But in his hands, they're transfixing. They'd be transfiguring as well, except that sometimes he leaves you with so little to hold on to at the end of a piece that you're left just with a feeling like "what just happened?" But then yo [...]

    20. Haruki Murakami has always his own kinda flavor !Short stories, melancholic stories, mostly weird stories . I feel so submerged into his characters that sometimes its hard to remember that I'm not them. I don't listen to jazz in the morning with a can of bear, waking up next my partner & feel so lifeless ! But you know, then I'm here in the reality. Which is even weirder but in a less interesting way :(

    21. Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer. His works include 1Q84, The Wind-up bird Chronicle, etc. which have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. To date, I have been eyeing to read some of his latest works including this novel, The Elephant Vanishes. And now that I've finished this, I can't totally picture how I'm feeling right now, it's like I finally found my missing Tom cat for four(4) years while leaning over the edge of a boat and look down to the bottom of the sea watc [...]

    22. 3,75/5Normalmente no suelo tener muchos problemas a la hora de puntuar una colección de relatos, pero está en particular fue Rara (y estamos hablando de Murakami, así que ya os imagináis cómo de raro).Ha habido relatos que han sido magistrales (El primero, el tercero y el último sobre todo), otros sencillamente buenos (el penúltimo y el segundo) y otros un pelín mediocres/demasiado extraños para ser clasificados (el de los chinos no tenía demasiado propósito, y el de los hombres de la [...]

    23. Murakami tiene eso de agregarte cosas totalmente extrañas en cada una de sus historias (pero que ahí tienen perfecto sentido!!) y creo que los cuentos son el escenario perfecto para eso. Son cortos, no hay que explicar mucha cosa. El autor es un muy buen cuentista y ésta es una interesante colección. Los que más me gustaron fueron:The second bakery attackOn seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morningBarn burningTV peopleThe silenceThe elephant vanishesRecomiendo no leerla de co [...]

    24. I've been deeply disappointed in Murakami before, and I seem to remember that they're always short stories that I have found useless. But this collection floats my boat. I agree with some reviews I've read that complain of the lack of variety in the protagonists' situations -- they're, almost to a one, loners, bored, alienated, and around 30. Most of them are experiencing some kind of freakish alteration in the world around them which, I take, we are meant to interpret as changes in themselves. [...]

    25. Some of the stories are unsettling, some are sly, and yet others offer an intensely introspective look at the world we live in. I have been reading Murakami for a long time and I can say with what little authority I have that this may be his finest work yet. I don't know where I read this but he is on record as saying that he finds short stories more fun to write than novels. His style is meticulous with a keen eye for details which can sometimes translate as being tedious and repetitive in nove [...]

    26. "Sleep" is one of the best stories I've ever read. I LOVE IT. I also love "Barn Burning" and "The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday's Women" (though neither quite reach the height and final impact of "Sleep"). There are others I like a lot ("TV People" and "Last Lawn of the Afternoon" (which could be a Ron Carlson story)) and then some that I enjoyed but didn't seem to add up to a whole lot and then a very few I actively disliked ("The Dancing Dwarf" and "The Little Green Monster"-- yick). In general: so [...]

    27. Rating it according to ' system, so two stars mean "it was okay".I don't understand the Murakami love, two or three of the stories were good, the others I didn't care for, I always zone out whenever his characters start talking about food or popular western music, please give it a rest.

    28. THIS is the second book of Murakami's short stories I have read and I've gotta say it was a bit of a mixed bag this time. There were a few that I loved and a few that I really didn't like but overall it was quite an enjoyable reading experience. The stories had spatterings of typical Murakami themes- there was a nostalgic air about them, characters struggling with isolation and reflecting on the past. A few of the stories dove a little further into magical realism than others which was fun. Defi [...]

    29. العالم الذي يأخذك إليه موراكامي، لا يشبه العالم الحقيقي؛ لهذا السبب بالتحديد موراكامي هو المفضل لدي."إختفاء الفيل" هي مجموعة قصص قصيرة لهاروكي موراكامي، وكنت أعرف أن موراكامي الذي يمتلك قدرة خارقة كقدرة في كتابة الروايات الطويلة سينجح في صنع عوالم باهرة صغيرة في القصص، وهذ [...]

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