The Elephant Vanishes

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Random House, Oct 10, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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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'The reason why death had such a hold on Tsukuru Tazaki was clear. One day his four closest friends, the friends he’d known for a long time, announced that they did not want to see him, or talk with him, ever again'

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The writing is good but the storytelling falls short. - Goodreads
... than for any blew-my-mind writing shit. - Goodreads
easy to read even though heavy on the imagery. - Goodreads
good introduction to marukami's writing style. - Goodreads
Great selection of quirky short stories. - Goodreads
Wonderful characterization in every story. - Goodreads

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bunch of weird wtf stories from our all time genius Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Mysterious and surrealistic. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.

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