Elephant Vanishes: Stories, The

Haruki Murakami
With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities -- and to come back bearing treasure.

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Reviewed: 2018-08-16
Fifteen tales encompass the story of a man obsessed with the disappearance of an elephant from a local zoo and that of a young mother whose sleeplessness provides her with a foretaste of death
Reviewed: 2015-07-09
The individual stories are a delight, almost to a one, but together they... there's just something about the collection that drained me, and not in a positive way. I had to really push to finish it - but, again, I don't think that has anything to do with the individual stories themselves. Although it does make me really believe that Murakami is a long-form writer more than he is a short story writer. His worlds should be luxuriated in like a bath, not briefly dipped into like a stone skipping across the surface of a pond.

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