The Elephant Vanishes (Paperback)Haruki Murakami (author)
A dizzying short story collection that displays Murakami's genius for uncovering the surreal in the everyday, the extraordinary within the ordinary
*Featuring the story ‘Barn Burning’, the inspiration behind the Palme d’Or nominated film Burning*
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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
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 - Sunday Times
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 - Independent
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This book had me well and truely entertained. Some great little stories and very interesting story lines. Very unique.
I really enjoyed this book :)
Got it because of burning. Some stories are great but most skippable
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