Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
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From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.




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About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 9, 2007 by Vintage. 382 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Unrequited or lost love, unrealized dreams and bizarre experiences that unfold into deeper mysteries, in 25 stories drawn from the prominent Japanese writer's entire career.

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[Signature] Reviewed by Lily Tuck One of my favorite Haruki Murakami stories is "The Elephant Vanishes"&

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A career-spanning grab bag of short stories from Haruki Murakami.

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A career-spanning grab bag of short stories from Haruki Murakami.

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The earliest stories are so surreal as to be almost impossible to summarise: "A 'Poor Aunt' Story" is - sort of - a story about an author who tries to write a story about a subject of which he knows nothing, poor aunts, and is cursed for his presumption with a phantasmal poor aunt who clings to h...

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[Signature] Reviewed by Lily Tuck One of my favorite Haruki Murakami stories is "The Elephant Vanishes"&

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Book Reporter

In each of these stories, characters fumble around.

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Entertainment Weekly

They gorge every night, congratulating themselves on their discovery, until the shellfish become — through an abrupt twist that is both banal and horrific — the instrument of their alienation from each other.

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People

Murakami reports that he finds writing novels a challenge, while writing stories is a joy.

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Bookmarks Magazine

ISBN: 1400044618 "There is no author more adept than Murakami at capturing the void of life lived under what he calls ‘late-stage capitalism.’" Joan Mellen Dallas Morning News 4 of 5 Stars "Although [Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman] doesn’t have the coruscating brilliance of Kafka on the Shor...

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BookRack

The book, a collection of short stories, all of which are set in Japan, is a treat for lovers of surrealism.

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But, the stories brim with originality.I don’t think I have read any compilation of short stories that has the range this book has.

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Sour Grapes Winery

Instead, the very simple exchanges that say more in what isn’t said are powerful, as in the title story or “Hunting Knife.” Haruki MurakamiAnother astonishing strength in these stories is the idiosyncrasies some of the characters cling to, such as the wife in “Tony Takitani” with her fatal obse...

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