Book Review: The Elephant Vanishes (1993) by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: The Elephant Vanishes (1993) by Haruki Murakami
Do you enjoy the art of the unexpectedness in writing? Well, I do and by reading Murakami’s books for a while, I can say with a pinch of bitterness that I have almost mastered the ability of predicting the “goin’ ons” of the next page quite often. This needed unexpectedness is served nicely in a story collection like “The Elephant Vanishes”, which contains 17 short tales of either realism or surrealism published in Playboy, The New Yorker, and other magazines between 1980- 1991. Paradoxically, the collection’s first edition was released in English in 1993, followed by the Japanese release in 2005.

To work out the riddle of the Elephant, we must pinpoint a few things that differentiate this collection from his more ambitious projects. First and foremost, the flow of the words is different. The absence of the famous Murakami rhythm is present. It seems that the writer didn
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