Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami
Published by: Bond Street Books on May 9th, 2017
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Contemporary, Japanese Lit
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): 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: I can’t stop reading Murakami’s short story collections. I read After the Quake and have yet to review it on this blog as I have no idea how to review a short story collection. This collection had 7 stories that were focused on men and how women effect their lives (or at least that what I hope I got out of it). Some of them feel very real and some of them feel supernatural in a way. Each one of them is different and have no relation to the one previous or the one that follows. I get so wrapped up in each story and I feel sad when they end because I want to know what happens as some have a hanging ending.
These short story collections are perfect for those (like I was) in a little reading slump. I managed to read one story a day and completed this within a little more than a week. Like I previously mentioned, I haven’t really read short story collections before but I have grown fond of them (at least Murakami’s) and I can’t wait to read more in the future.
Now I really have to just hunker down and continue on with Murakami’s 1Q84!