Tournament of Short Stories II–Murakami vs. Hardwick or “Goodbye, Haruki!”

I never thought it would come to this. It’s not like I don’t still love Haruki Murakami.  I do. Maybe not like I once did– maybe the honeymoon is finally over, though it lasted many years. Many, many terrific writers essentially write the same story over and over again.  Some put the same narrator into slightly different situations but basically repeat themselves each time they … Continue reading Tournament of Short Stories II–Murakami vs. Hardwick or “Goodbye, Haruki!”

Murakami for Beginners: After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

If you’re one of the many people out there hesitating before you try a Haruki Murakami novel, After the Quake may be just the book for you. Every so often, I read a comment from someone wondering where to start with Haruki Murakami.  Wind-up Bird Chronicle or Kafka on the Shore?  Both are fairly hefty novels which can intimidate people nervous about magical realism. The six stories weighing in … Continue reading Murakami for Beginners: After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

A Short Story Omnibus Edition

I’ve reviewed short stories here and at my old blog for many years now.  Not quite on a weekly basis, not all the time anyway, but pretty close.  These are some of the reviews I ran at Ready When You Are, C.B. in the years 2009 to 2011.  I’m slowly migrating all of my old posts over to this new site.  I just can’t bare … Continue reading A Short Story Omnibus Edition

Henry James vs. Haruki Murakami: A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge.

This post concludes my first round of the Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge. While I expected to finish back in August, I have enjoyed the challenge so much that I’ve already set up, and started on, a second set of stories and essays.  I’ve added essays to the challenge for  Non-fiction November. For this final round in my first deck I had only … Continue reading Henry James vs. Haruki Murakami: A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge.

John Hersey vs. Haruki Murakami

For this round of the Deal-Me-In Short Story Challenge I drew John Hersey’s “To the End of the American Dream” and Haruki Murakami’s  “Man-Eating Cats.”  At the risk of making this a Haruki Murakami week I decided to go with what the cards dealt and give him another go, even though I just finished his new book.  Scroll down for the review. The title held out the … Continue reading John Hersey vs. Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

I’m please to say that Haruki is back!  Most of us were less than fully satisfied with Haruki Murakami’s last novel, 1Q84, most of us didn’t even  make it through to the end, so I suspect we were all a little nervous about this new one. But I’m pleased to say that Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, translated from the Japanese by … Continue reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami vs. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge this week I drew two of my favorite novelists. Novelists. As far as short stories go, well, one of them is pretty good. The thing is both of the stories I read this time around,  The Arrangers of Marriage by Adichie and The Year of Spaghetti by Murakami both feel like sketches done in preparation for a larger … Continue reading Haruki Murakami vs. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Haruki Murakami vs. John Hersey: A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

John Hersey was better. For this round of the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge I drew “Firefly” by Haruki Murakami and “A Game of Anagrams” by John Hersey. I did do a little “Yes!” when I drew a short story by Murakami.  For a long time my deck has been dancing around the Murakami cards, getting close, tempting me to stray from the rules. … Continue reading Haruki Murakami vs. John Hersey: A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami is a twin narrative of isolation and connection. While on a class trip to the mountains during the second world war, Nakata and his classmates fall into an inexplicable coma-like sleep. Their frantic teacher goes for help and returns to find that all of the students but Nakata have woken up. Weeks go by before Nakata wakes, but … Continue reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Visits Bordertown

I thought this one would be easy. For this weeks Deal Me In Short Story Challenge I drew “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”, the title story from Haruki Murakami’s anthology and “We Do Not Come in Peace” by Christopher Barzak from the anthology Welcome To Bordertown. Find a way to link Haruki Murakami with a fantasy story set at the edge of fairy land. Should be … Continue reading Haruki Murakami Visits Bordertown

Grace Paley, Meet Haruki Murakami, A Deal-Me-In Short Story Challenge

I was so happy to finally draw something by Haruki Murakami this time around.  Glad to have Grace Paley again as well.  Paley has been a discovery. Murakami is an old friend. “A Perfect Day for Kangaroos” by Haruki Murakami is a very short, slip of a story about a young man who is finally taking his girlfriend on a long promised trip to the … Continue reading Grace Paley, Meet Haruki Murakami, A Deal-Me-In Short Story Challenge

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

  I’m going to be haunted by this book for some time and I don’t know why. I’m not really  sure what this book is about. I may not even know what really happens in the story but I keep thinking about it. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami tells the story of Toru Okada who is looking for his wife’s missing cat. But this is just a McGuffin, to borrow Hitchcock’s … Continue reading The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami