Kindle めくらやなぎと、眠る女 Mekurayanagi to nemuru onna Autore Haruki Murakami
Woman is a collection of 24 short stories written by Haruki Murakami between 1981 and 2005 His written works were translated in English by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin and published in 2005 in English A conspiracy released that Jane Austen books were well edited by her editor and that makes her novel best selling she was accused of having too much wrong grammar and misspelled words but the point here is not about Austen as a bad writer Compared to Murakami which is his works were translated into English there is also possibility that his works were good because of the translators although the ideas of the authors were much important in a story And the big Why is that Murakami can speak and write English why not write his own story in EnglishAnother problem is that he usually copied his other short stories and pasted it to his other works especially novels while changing the characters and some details I don t find it as bad as plagiarism I don t now the proper term but I find it disappointing that he only copied some of his works and revising it like the story entitled Man Eating Cat he added the story in his novel Sputnik Sweetheart If you can still remember it was the story of Sumire and the cats that ate the old woman and so on My other speculation is that he added the short story to make the readers ask themselves about what really happened to the main characters because not all the story was copied It is a clue that will lead us to his other works that can answer our entire uestion and he had a very intriguing style of writingSince the book is a compilation of 24 short stories I decided to write short summary of my favorite short stories Usually I read a book a day but this book is exception to my new rule this one really pushed me to my limits in reading short stories1 Blind Willow Sleeping Woman An anonymous guy went to the hospital with his cousin who had this ear defect after a baseball ball hit him Then a flashback came when the guy waited for him It was summer and the guy and his friend went to visit his friend s girlfriend and bought some chocolates When they met his friend s girlfriend she talks about this weird tree that surrounded by flies and ones the flies entered your ear they will eat your body and died sleeping and it ended with a big uestion mark I liked the story but I can t get the whole point or the connection of his past and the present and his connection to his cousin2 Birthday Girl No matter what you wish for people will never be anything but themselves It was the waitress 20th birthday and her leave was canceled after her co worker got sick The manager always have this meal delivered to the owner every night and nobody Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic knows who s the owner fortunately she had this chance to meet the owner after the manager got a stomach ache When she came to the old man s room she s been asked about her birthday gift and nobodynows what was it 3 The Mirror A man greatest enemy is himself A man working in a university and he worked every night and roam around the school every 9 PM and 3 AM One night when he s trying to roam around the building he saw a mirror and he saw his reflection I forgot the exact scene but there is something wrong to his reflection because of his compulsive attack he broke the mirror When he came back again he saw nothing but a flashlight and a endo sword he left the night he saw his reflection4 A Folklore for My Generation A Pre History of Late Stage Capitalism There are stories that are funny but we can t laugh but we learned from them When Mr Anonymous was in his high school years he was the perfect guy of his class he s good at sport smart and good looking He had this girlfriend in the other class same with him they usually classified by other students as perfect couple But every time they make out they have rules to be followed they need to wear there shirt while having sex and hands only In the end the girl broke up with the guy she believes that a girl should marry a year older while a guy should marry less younger But the girl promised to have sex with the guy when she got married because deep inside she still loves her Beliefs and norms5 Man Eating Cats this is part Sputnik Sweetheart part Man Eating Cats There is a hole in the Sputnik Sweetheart what really happened to Sumire after she was lost like a smoke Like the main character in the story Sumire heard a very good music and she went to the top of the mountain were Miu and Sumire jogged every morning She contemplated until she asked herself who she really isthe story ends like that if we base it in the short story So uestion answered6 The Seventh Man This short story contradict the The Mirror man s greatest enemy is not himself but when you turn your back on it A massive typhoon came to another Mr Anonymous town when he was young he had this friend named K Anonymous and K went to the seashore and play like they always do everyday and Anonymous K and his dog was eaten by the massive wave Another massive wave attack him but everything stopped he saw K smiling inside the wave and when he wake up K s body was lost After that accident he always have this nightmare and went to Tokyo to study and work When his father died his brother sell there house and he gave him a small box full of drawings of K When he came back he realized that he need to face any trouble that surpass his life7 The Ice Man This is the story of a normal Japanese girl and an Ice Man God I can t imagine they re having sex and she felt like an icicle is pushing inside her vagina Her family is against her will to marry the ice man so her family disowned her and marry the Ice Man After several months and years of there relationship she decided to go to the South Pole and live until she realized that her husband become foreign to her eyes So she felt disappointed and went back to Japan with her baby on her womb8 Firefly This is a story of search love and letting go like a firefly inside a jar 9 Chance Traveler A gay man always visit a cafe every Tuesday and she met this woman who also reads the same book accidentally Until this woman fall in love to the man and he confronted the woman He lost track of the days and he decided to call his sister He lost connection with his sister when he tried to speak of his gender to his family and he was withdrawn lost from the connection between them His sister got an operation for Breast Cancer and it was successful and he was accepted by his sister and his sister s husband10 Hanalei Bay A mother lost her child from a shark while surfing in Hawaii after that tragic event she decided to go back to Hawaii annually to celebrate her son s death Until she met this two Japanese guy who can t speak English and she helped them The two Japanese surfer saw a single legged surfer in the beach and told the creepy story to the mother 11 The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday A short story writer who fall in love to a circus woman or something like that She works as a performer to tall buildings balancing like Libra Although she made it as a secret to the narrator soon the writer fall in love to her There is no impossible if you are determined to achieve your goal12 A Shinagawa Monkey A woman lost her name after a monkey stole her name tag After that event she asked a guidance councelor or a psychologist bout her problem in life Like she felt nothing about "her husband or she have doubt with the love she received "husband or she have doubt with the love she received her parents Until this odd monkey told her the truth and gave her back her name tag After the odd event she realized that she should accept things even they are bad or good I imagined myself reading this book in winter sitting in a bench while waiting for special someone Almost of his short stories always talks about loneliness and rejection at the end happy ending Like a bed time story tellingRating Blind Willow Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami 3 Sweets by calculating using percentage 12 the number of stories I liked 24 total amount of stories 5 total amount of sweets 25 or 3 Despite of my extensive reading and long vacant I can t finish the book for a day because I want to discover the inside meaning of his short stories But some were like irreleveant nonsense and short short stories I recommend for those people who like to read short stories before sleeping Borrowed from Ranee of Goodreads Filipinos Challenges Book 8 for 2011 Book 2 for Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011 Reading Murakami Haruki is ind of like dreaming This was a book of 24 of his short stories What I noticed is that unlike some Short Story Collections I story collections I read Murakami has the talent of writing a few first lines that just grab you and make you rush on with the story Reading the books of Haruki Murakami born 1949 is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa 1910 1998 The two are the most notable world nown artists in JapanIn "particular reading the 24 stories included in this "reading the 24 stories included in this Blind Willow Sleeping Woman is like watching Kurosawa s 1990 film Dreams three times The 8 stories in the film are said to be based on the actual dreams of Kurosawa In Murakami s Introduction to the English Edition of this book he said that Ice Man one of the 24 is based on a dream his wife had p xi Also one of Kurosawa s 8 dreams is entitled Crows while one of Murakami s short story The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes is about crows that now how to distinguish genuine and fake sharpie cakes With Kurosawa gaining tremendous popularity worldwide because of his earlier films Rashomon Seven Samurai Red Beard etc when Murakami was still a struggling novelist Kurosawa s influence to Murakami is not a far fetched possibilityKafka on the Shore The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Sputnik Sweetheart After Dark I read four of his novels before delving into his second collection of short stories Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Wrong move I guess I was in a hurry to finish the first two novels since they are included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I ignored the explanation of my friend prior to my reading Kafka on Shore that Murakami is first and foremost a short story writer The plot scenes characters conflicts uirkiness etc in these stories are also in his novels The list is almost endless the mysterious cats man cooking pasta the woman by the shore people and animals disappearing for no reason a couple going on vacation to Greece compulsive eating jazz lovers incestuous relationship gay love visit to a zoo etc. I atmosfere Murakami introduce in ueste storie non solo elementi fantastici e onirici nei uali miscela con calcolata ambiguità il sonno e la veglia; ma soprattutto dà vita a personaggi indimenticabili messi di fronte al dolore all’a alla sessualità vinti dalla bellezza o bisognosi di affetto e che nella loro vulnerabilità riconosciamo come nostri simili nostri contemporanei. ,
Haruki Murakami È 2 Summary.
This collection from Haruki Murakami was on my TBR explode list for March and I only meant to flip through it But after reading The Year of Spaghetti he pulled me in Other favorites include Birthday Girl Crabs and Chance TravelerI think I ve finally made it past the Murakami glut in my TBR pile chronologically at least for a while What is one to make of Murakami s short stories His translator has stated that his reputation was made by his stories in Japan apart from his super successful novels A brief survey of his total story output reveals that he is not interested in traditional story forms Though many of his stories remain untranslated we have so far received 4 volumes of them in English Blind Willow Sleeping Woman is probably my favorite of the lotIt i Here is a story of why I am the best friend everWay back in aught 5 or so oh my god how was that a decade ago I worked at Random House I was and am still a smoker I could and do tell so many stories about how smoking has directed and redirected the course of my life here s one about books Anyway There was a guy at RH I new a bit because we smoked at the same time and eventually I learned that he was like the head of marketing for a bunch of the big imprints At one point he made me a casual offer that if there was any book I wanted an advance copy of that was from one of the imprints under his auspices I had to but ask and he would find it for me My god I miss those days So first I swooned Then tentatively a few weeks later I asked him for the new Barrico And he got it for me Emboldened I then reuested Embroideries and later Karen Russell He continued to deliver nonplussed THEN many moons hence I heard that Murakami was coming out with a new book soon this was in early 2006 of course Trembling with anticipation I asked the fellow if there was any remote possibility that he might have a proof of it unearthable somewhere And spolier he did But not just any proof No the next day I was handed an UNBOUND FIRST PASS DOCUMENT In one of those clear binder things that you used for book reports in grade school 8 12 by 11 Crappy paper Pre production My hands shook when I touched itNow for the hitch Only a few days later I was to be on my way to a friend s wedding in Portland This is not just any friend but a really important friend one who has contributed hugely to my literary development by introducing me to such luminaries as Julio Cort zar Unica Zurn and yes now that you mention it our dear Haruki Murakami As is surely obvious by now this friend received Blind Willow Sleeping Woman in a spiral bound MS Word document months before publication as a wedding presentSmall consolation I read the whole thing on the plane ride to Oregon It is spectacular Mekurayanagi to Nemuru Onna Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Haruki MurakamiBlind Willow Sleeping Woman is a collection of 24 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami Contents Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Birthday Girl New York Mining Disaster Aerop Murakami s fiction is all about natural presence of the surreal in ordinary lives The outright absurd is readily accepted by many of the characters creating some cur I had heard a great deal about Murakami and I borrowed this book from my friend Reading this book was such a great experience The stories are so different from the work that I usually read and have a surreal dreamlike uality about them I cannot help but feel that I may have not been able to comprehend some of the metaphors used Nevertheless I enjoyed most of the stories included in this bookPeople are complex emotions and human behavior might not follow logic always Beneath the fa ade of success smartness attractiveness a person might carry an emotional burden Others look up to such a person might be awestruck or jealous but the person carries his burden Alone A Smart Academically Intelligent A smart academically intelligent at sports woman can blame her gender for her problems What can be terrifying to a man than his inner self How can a person trapped in a wheelchair and have his life dictated by others cope One can spend a greater part of his life carrying a heavy burden of guilt fear and grief and finally attain salvation through an unlikely act How fickle can fate be How a chain of events can break the barriers between a brother and sister and bring them close "ONCE AGAINI INTEND TO READ THE "againI intend to read the once again maybe a couple of years later I might be able to look at them in a new light and glean some new insights I have read good reviews about this book but I just couldn t relate to them The book picked up towards the end with really nice storiesBut one has to live through waste of time pieces throughout the book mostly for the first three uarters before one is treated to the nice ones what is glory without suffering Since this is a collection of short stories I ve decided to rate it by story and then take the average Average rating overall is 254 which technically translates to 3 stars if I am to be strict about rules on rounding off whole numbers However based on my overall impression and personal thoughts about the book plus the following statistics I am inclined to give this book just 2 stars Number of stories rated as 1 star 6 2 stars 7 3 stars 4 4 stars 6 5 stars 1 And 2 stars it is It was just really ok I don t like it overall so definitely not 3 stars1st story Blind Willow Sleeping Woman My rating 1 starA story about a young man who was living and working in Tokyo until his grandmother died and he had to go back to his hometown There he took to accompanying his deaf cousin on his visit to a new hospital Along the way he noted the bus they took were full of senior people had a sort of deja vu in the hospital cafeteria about a friend and his friend s girlfriend whom he had also visited in a different hospital many years ago Though very loose there was sort of an intertwining of the present with this episode in his past with a recollection of the girlfriend s story about the blind willow nad sleeping woman The story ended with him and his cousin boarding the bus back home from the hospital Call me dim witted but I don t get it What s the significance of the story What s the point of the comparison of the past and the present is it a lamentation on his part that he s not really moved on always eeping people company in hospitals What s the significance
the story about the blind and sleeping woman is it still all about not being able to move on sleeping until one is eaten away If the intent was to leave the answers to the reader s imagination there s nothing much of a story to start with actually It would have been nice if there was some solid foundation for the readers to bank on Again I don t get it2nd Story Birthday Girl My rating 4 starsThe story of a girl who had to work on her 20th birthday but had a chance to make one wish and have it come true What she wished for it was never mentioned but at the present time she is living a happy and contented life This story is a great lesson about how one creates hisher own circumstance in life as uoted from the story No matter what they wish for no matter how far they go people can never be anything but themselves 3rd Story New York Mining Disaster My rating 1 starAgain what s the point The title surfaced in the story only in the epilogue but then it had nothing to do with the whole story itself Unless the narrator is one of the miners that were trapped But there was no indication to this effect Loosely the story is about a 28 year old man who s had five friends who have died one after the other no one from the mine though unless the string of deaths is supposed to be likened to the string of death in a mining disaster He had to borrow a suit to wear to the funerals from another friend who fancies going to the zoo when there s a typhoon Towards the end of the story he met a woman in a new year s eve party who claimed that five years ago she illed somebody who looks so much like him That s it Another story a dim witted like me could not fathom4th Story Airplane My rating 2 starsA just so conversation between a married woman and her lover centering on the man s talking to himself like poetry He is not aware that he talks to himself any than the fact that he talks about airplanes Throughout the story the man ponders the characteristics of the woman specifically that she cries a lot and for a long time and that after she cries she would initiate their lovemaking He also ponders whether he s in love with her and her with him I m giving this 2 stars because it is but rational for two lovers to talk about just anything but as to where the conversation would lead to that s what s lacking in the story I believe5th Story Mirror My rating 3 starsAnother story in this collection that has sense and purpose As I uote from the story is it really true that the most frightening thing in the world is our own self I tend to agree with this It s like saying there is no greater motivator than one s self Once a person has overcome hisher fears then heshe can overcome anything6th Story A Folklore for my Generation My rating 3 starsThe story is related in the first person and I have assumed Murakami to be the narrator having referred to himself as an authornovelist He talks about the 60s and tells the story of a high school classmate and his girlfriend The values prevalent during the 60s especially those referring to sex and virginity were discussed at the start and this is a good ick off point for what the main story was all about Even if Murakami maintains that there are no lessons to be learned from this story I still gleamed some staying true to ones values and beliefs and Conjure In African American Society keeping promises7th Story Hunting Knife My rating 2 starsI am giving this 2 stars because the story was able to sustain itself until the topic of thenife came How ironic the title being Hunting Womens Political Activism in Palestine knife yet it was thenife itself that was the downfall of the story This is about a man spending a holiday in a beach resort with his wife They regularly see a mother and son pair with whom they have developed a nodding acuaintance until one night just before dawn when the man went out of their cottage and he chanced upon the son Mostly the son talked about his life his being confined in a wheelchair his relatives who own the resort The story was good up to this point then came the Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, knife I don t want to dwell on how thenife the title even ruined everything you have to go read it fo. Un dettaglio banale o un caso fortuito può far precipitare i protagonisti di ueste storie in una misteriosa malinconia come se in un gesto imprevisto indovinassero il lato oscuro o forse magico che la uotidianità nasconde Alcuni come il protagonista del Settimo uomo cercano di superare dopo molti anni la perdita del loro migliore amico altri sentono il bisogno di attraversare R yourself you might be able to glimpse some meaning from it which I did not get myself8th Story A Perfect Day for Kangaroos My rating 1 starA story about two friends who went to the zoo About a month ago they read from the newspaper that a baby The alphas abused mate kangaroo was born The girl wanted to see the babyangaroo in its monther s pouch At first she was disappointed because she thought that they should have gone earlier to visit because now a month after the baby Word Alchemy kangaroo looks a little big to go inside the pouch They resigned to eating at the concession stand and while there the babyangaroo hopped into the pouch so naturally the girl was very happy That s it9th Story Dabchick My rating 1 starOne probably has to be Japanese to understand this It s the story of a man starting on a new job a rather mysterious job he had to go through dark passageways to get to the workplace He needs a password to enter the workplace a password he has no idea about With the help from the doorman he was able to guess the password dabchick Turns out the boss was a dabchick How can a bird be the boss Is he cursed I guess that s left for the readers to imagine10th Story Man Eating Cats My rating 2 starsAgain I am lost in translation If there s one thing consistent about these stories it s that they all have a nice build up but the end always leaves me wondering if there was anything I missed or does it really just go downhill always This story is all about two lovers who fled to Greece after both their spouses found out about their affair In my opinion the man is not able to shake off the guilt of his unfaithfulness and that s the reason why he gets clammy imagining a host of bad things happening to him That is actually the only justification I can give for the 2 stars 11th Story A Poor Aunt s Story My rating 2 starsThe poor aunt as I understood it is a burden slumped on the author s back The weird thing is people see a physical being slumped on his back or probably it s all symbolic While the poor aunt is slumped on his back people shy away from him which is just natural people who are problematic all the time are not good company Maybe I got the meaning of this story rightProbably Murakami is just weird in a way that he won t give you the benefit of full understanding by injecting weird characters in his stories12th Story Nausea 1979 My rating 3 starsA story about a man who had vomiting spells for 40 days The vomiting was accompanied by phone calls wherein the caller just mentioned his name and hung up As sudden as it started the vomiting and the phone calls also suddenly stopped As to why this happened the narrator Murakami can only speculate no real conclusions arrived at Just for the structure and because it ept me guessing I m giving it 3 stars13th Story The Seventh Man My rating 4 starsSo far this is only the second complete story I ve read in this collection My favorite uote the only thing we have to fear is fear itself but I don t believe thatOh the fear is there all right It comes to us in many different forms at different times and overwhelms us But the most frightening thing we can do at such times is to turn our backs on it to close our eyes For the we take the most precious thing inside us and surrender it to something else 14th Story The Year of Spaghetti My rating 1 starIn 1971 the narrator cooked spaghetti every day of the year and ate the dish alone Towards the end of the year he got a phone call from a friend s ex girlfriend asking him about his friend s whereabouts He dismissed this phone call giving the excuse that he s cooking spaghetti I #think the story wants to highlight the narrator s lonesome life that # the story wants to highlight the narrator s lonesome life that and the focus on the spaghetti was to stress the fact that it was his only constant companion It was good that this story was very short just the same the topic of the spaghetti was dragged on through the end that it was really painful to read15th Story Tony Takitani My rating 2 starsAgain the signature style a good build up but a so so ending The whole story transcends two generations father and son both loners both good at their craft living their lives almost independent of each other thriving in their lonesomeness The son finds love eventually only to be taken away from him in a tragic accident After he has disposed of all of his wife s possessions and later on of his father s record collections he becomes truly alone To some that story would have been enough but not for meI "always have the uestion so what now I wonder if Murakami would like "have the uestion so what now I wonder if Murakami would like readers to finish the story for him16th Story The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes My rating 1 starLost in translation again I was actually at a loss whether to give this 1 or 2 stars I was looking for one significant thing I can find in the story but I could not find any so I don t think I can justify it if I give the 2 stars so there17th Story The Ice Man My rating 3 starsA love story between a normal woman and an ice man They were practically living all by themselves as the woman s friends and relatives have disowned her when she married the ice man and the ice man have no nown relatives or friends Out of boredom the woman asked the man that they travel to the South Pole What happened in the South Pole is for you to find out18th Story Crabs My rating 2 starsIf I am only to rate this according to structure it would get a couple stars but a story isn t just all structure The story is about a couple vacationing in Singapore They discovered a nice little restaurant serving good crab dishes They ate crabs for all the remaining nights that they were in the city On their 4th and final night while they were sleeping the man woke up and threw up all the crab he ate over the last few days until nothing is left This episode changed everything for him in ways I believe only Murakami can imagine He has great imagination yes and it often borders on absurdity and I guess I can only take so much 19th Story Firefly My rating 4 starsOne of the best I was reading it over lunch break and I was nodding off in some parts but I didn t get lost amazingly It talks about young love love lost letting go I like the metaphor on the firefly I don t want to spoil it by rambling on the story as I noticed I ve done in most of the previous paragraphs so just read it for yourself20th Story Chance Traveler My rating 5 starsBest story for me Why are all the nice stories in this collection lumped towards the end I love that this really happened based on Murakami s personal experience and that of his friend The story talks about coincidences chances probabilities Some are funny others are sad Whatever they may be it is really amazing how they weave into our lives21st Story Hanalei Bay My rating 4 starsA story about moving on and letting go The worst thing that could happen to a parent is to bury hisher own child as what Mrs Kennedy said This is the story of such a mother who started an annual tradition of visiting the place where her son died There she met a couple of Japanese hitchhikers who sort of look up to her because of all the help she has extended As I see it their relationship albeit short is something of a redemption of the failed relationship she had with her son In the end while letting the memory of her son linger I believe she is able to move on22nd Story Where I m Likely To Find It My Rating 2 starsI don t see the significance of the investigatorseeker in this story He didn t really do anything but loiter the stairs His specialty on finding things was not so much explained it would have been better if some examples of previous successful cases were given since he was not able to solve his current case23rd Story The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day My Rating 4 starsOne of the best in this collection Some things just cannot be explained and they are best left as they are accepted for what they re worth Throughout our lives we will meet people who will affect us in different ways just as we too will have an effect on other people This story talks about the actions that people choose to take or not to take because of things that happen in their lives Deep meanings and ramblingssort of surprising in a story that s actually so light and a breeze to read24th Story A Shinagawa Monkey My Rating 4 starsA serious story with a funny and weird twist One of the important characters in the story is a monkey who in every way is like a human being he can talk and reason except that he steals people s names The person whose name he stole would have episodes of forgetting their own names until the name is given back or returned by the monkey Really weird and I think it is for this reason that the author chose this character to be a monkey rather than human Again I won t spoil it by giving details here If you would take my word for it that this story is a good one so go ahead and read it I like to read short stories since the day I entered college because It takes me less time to finish them and plus I already feel the pleasure of reading A research shows that Filipinos were short story lovers because of our current condition fast paced world I don t now if I should nod while agreeing with the fact that we like short stories but in the darkest side I was one of the Filipinos who liked to read themWhat I really loved bout Murakami was his passion in writing novels and short stories and that was one of the things that in fact struck me after reading his English introduction of the book To put in the simplest possible terms I find writing novels a challenge writing short stories a joy If writing novels is like planting a forest then writing short stories is like planting a garden The two processes complement each other creating a complete landscape that I treasure The green foliage of the trees casts a pleasant shade over the earth and the wind rustles the leaves which are sometimes dyed a brilliant gold Meanwhile in the garden buds appear on flowers and colorful petals attract bees and butterflies reminding us of the subtle transition from one season to the next After that inspiring first paragraph of his book I decided to read the book before the others I always liked metamorphic descriptions of things even in simplest English to most complicated one and don t mention that I don t like poetry Yes but Murakami is an exception he writes like a poetry that even in your dream you can hear his voice narrating all 24 stories again and again Blind Willow Sleeping. L giardino zoologico nei giorni in cui soffia un forte vento Preparare da mangiare può essere una scusa perfetta per ignorare i problemi degli altri come nell’Anno degli spaghetti; ma a volte è la dura realtà uella che si impone è il caso della madre che in Hanalai Bay va a riprendersi il corpo del figlio surfista morto per l’attacco di uno sualo Maestro nella creazioneOF THE STORY ABOUT THE BLIND