Book Report: “Men Without Women” By Haruki Murakami

A dazzling new collection of short stories–the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

Review:

It’s very rare that you get transported to a place and time that is so authentic that you feel like you never want to leave when you are in the confines of a book.  Murakami is the Master when it comes to introducing the reader to a space and time that is completely foreign to western readers but yet shares the sensibilities that we all can relate to.  “Men Without Women” by Haruki Murakami will not disappoint when it comes to capturing these nods.

‘The image of her in another man’s arms as stuck in my mind, as real as life.  As if there was a demon with nowhere else to go clinging to a corner of the ceiling, eyes fastened on me.  After my wife’s death, I expected the demon would disappear if I just waited long enough.  But it didn’t.  Instead its presence grew even stronger.  I had to get rid of it.  To do that I had to let go of my rage.’

Introspectiveness and sensitivity is what Murakami articulates with the finiteness of the best calligraphy pen.  His words are chosen with the detail of a farmer’s market fiend and with intent that evokes an emotional response.  “Men Without Women” By Haruki Murakami reads like a painting.  It is brimming with textures and angles that will encourage reflection that perhaps may interrupt your reading flow.  It is a well deserved purchase and a transformative read.

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