A collection of short stories by the worldwide now-famous Haruki Murakami; this book will take you to another world if you read it with your heart rather than your rationale.
The elephant vanishes contains a number of short stories that are preciously written with earthly and yet heavenly words. There is no beginning or end here since it is the reader who can choose a point of depart and a point to end. No matter where you begin, or how fast you read, each of the stories will take you to a world that may not make much sense, and yet you may recognize easily yourself as being part of it.
The little green monster, a creature from the deeps of the world and a common human that encounter each other at the woman’s door, is a story that shows how easily power can become a weapon of destruction. Although not everyone may think of this story in these terms, there is certain malice in the woman’s proceeding to get carried away by her disgust when finding the little green monster’s intentions towards her. The woman, who can be portrayed as arrogant or as a regular citizen, – which will also depend on how you feel towards the characters – demands to be released from the monster’s good feelings towards her. How dare he love her? How dare he come to her to say that? How dare he even think there is a possibility for them to even consider accepting such a feeling as that of love? This is only one example of why Murakami is a must-read in modern times. Not only his imagination assigns him fame, but his simple a human-like style makes him a modern classic.
In Slow boat to china, Murakami guides us to a story of a young man who accidentally deceives people without intending it. To be more specific, this phrase may only refer to the third Chinese. Do not assume this is a story trying to show any sort of discrimination towards the Chinese, it is just a coincidence that the main character ends up interacting and remembering his three Chinese. At the one point of the story, the reader can visualize the young man sitting up gazing at the great city of Tokyo in his loneliness, full of nothing but ideas about China, full of reflection and quietness. Whatever the story may make you feel, it is a unique type of interaction the author has mastered in writing to the heart.
It would be rather hard to label this book as good or bad since there are rumours that you can either love or hate Murakami, no middle ground. I suspect this may be the case with the majority of people who read between work and normalcy; however, when read in silence and apart from a society corrupted by “normal life,” I doubt hating this author would come as an option. Haruki Murakami deals with the contemporary pain we all suffer these days, in a world that looks less human-like than a fiction story, he will raise you from the ground towards a world only familiar to your soul.