March 7, 2017

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

From the bestselling writer of Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up poultry Chronicles comes this brilliant number of twenty-four tales that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the shape. From the surreal to the mundane, those tales convey his skill to rework the total diversity of human event in ways in which are instructive, brilliant, and relentlessly wonderful.

Here are lively crows, a legal monkey, and an iceman, in addition to the goals that form us and the issues we would want for. no matter if in the course of an opportunity reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a vacation in Hawaii, or within the grip of lifestyle, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the very unlikely distances among those that must be closest of all.

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Its birds seed-fed . . my mother humming— Her voice so soft . . , so far-off-hearted, Like the sound of the grass lying down. Couldn’t we be happy Here? The rain is just beginning to fall. The sky gives up its water like an old woman wringing The life out of her son. The drops hit the still surface of the koi pond And shatter it, the ripples and rings sparkling [24] Like little moonlit Mirrors of despair. [25] M E D I TAT I O N O N A B L U E VA S E I have a blue vase but no flowers. I never have any flowers, not one of my neighbors has ever given me flowers.

What you’d like is a more Attentive lover, I suppose—. Too bad that slow, Wet scorch of orange blossoms floating towards The storm drain is not a vein of stars . . we could Make a wish on one of them; not that we would Wish for anything but the impossible. [15] I N T H E T I M E O F D R E A RY M I R AC L E S 1 in the time of dreary miracles—before the coming of moonlit humidors and prehistoric orchards in the time of dreary miracles—before the coming of piebald lizards and succulent lumberyards in the time of dreary miracles—before the coming of seismic pineapples and republican guitars in the time of dreary miracles—before the coming of lissome picnics and translucent pubic hair alcoholic trolley cars made love in glacial lakes 2 alcoholic trolley cars made love in glacial lakes—beware the sunburned humming birds!

It’s Like they were never here. [23] L I T T L E M I R R O R S O F D E S PA I R It is the end of a beautiful summer—. It is going to rain and my mother is humming. The closely cropped leaves of the boxwood reflect an oncoming moonlight; the breeze carries it across The koi pond. Is it really so bad, this garden with its koi fish ponded . . its birds seed-fed . . my mother humming— Her voice so soft . . , so far-off-hearted, Like the sound of the grass lying down. Couldn’t we be happy Here? The rain is just beginning to fall.

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