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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.
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I have always enjoyed reading Murakami, but ‘the elephant vanishes’ is utterly meaningless and boring. How can the author and publisher publish something like this. Is it greed? I will think twice before I read another Murakami!
Reminiscent of R A Lafferty in places, a nice collection of short stories in the usual mystical Haruki Murakami style. Well narrated, too. Very enjoyable.