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Birthday Stories
Birthday Stories: Selected and Introduced by Haruki Murakami | Haruki Murakami
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What will you get for your birthday this year? A chance to see into the future? Or a reminder of the imperfect past? In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers of recent years, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. Including stories by Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Claire Keegan, Andrea Lee, Daniel Lyons, Lewis Robinson, Lynda Sexson, Paul Theroux, William Trevor and Haruki Murakami, this anthology captures a range of emotions evoked by advancing age and the passing of time, from events fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy. Previously published in a Japanese translation by Haruki Murakami, this English edition contains a specially written introduction.
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Alisnazzy
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With today‘s arrival of Birthday Stories, I have finally acquired all of Haruki Murakami‘s books. This is the dorkiest thing to tear up over, but I love this author so much.

TrishB Seems more than reasonable to me 😁 1y
britt_brooke Lovely!! 1y
ju.ca.no Awesome! I‘m missing only like two or three more of his books, hopefully I‘ll be able to say I own them all as well somewhen soon😍 1y
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Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎊🎉 📚📖 1y
RealBooks4ever Congratulations! He's quite the prolific author! 💜 1y
Bklover Haven‘t seen you post for a while. Hope you‘re well- just wanted you to know you‘re missed! 1y
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swatreads
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Mehso-so

This book was pretty much a disappointment for me. I did like 3 to 4 stories but found others quite boring. It took me a long time to complete this book. Murakami's story The Birthday Girl was good and the others that I liked were The Bath, Angels of Mercy and Angels of Wrath and The Birthday Present. Overall an okay read. Nothing really impressed me. 2.5/5

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swatreads
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Just arrived!! I have officially become a die hard Murakami fan! Obsessed with his books!😍😍

mellissimo I love many of his books as well but I'm not sure if I would like this one yet. I'm curious for your review ;) 2y
swatreads @mellissimo Yeah I actually ordered this thinking it's a collection of his short stories. But later realised it's an anthology of several authors and only 1 story in the book is written by Murakami! Now hoping that I like it! Will definitely post a review once I'm done😊 2y
callielafleur This is on its way to me and I'm so excited! 2y
swatreads @callielafleur I love that excitement when bookmail is on its way 😍😍 hope we enjoy the book😀 2y
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m.galehuxley
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We couldn‘t wait until tomorrow to cut the cake, but we did wait until midnight. 😂 They let me choose what I wanted on my cake. I wanted “you‘re a disappointment” because I thought it‘d be funny, but the family said no. They did let me right this. Great American Cookie called to make sure it wasn‘t a glitch. So yummy

CarolynM Happy birthday 💐 2y
KrystleTheBookSlayer Happy Birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎁🎈 2y
GripLitGrl Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 2y
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Ash11hope Happy Birthday!!!! 😄 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom Happy birthday!! 2y
Pamwurtzler Happy birthday!🎁🎊🎂 2y
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎈🎂🎉 2y
m.galehuxley Thank you all!! 💜♥️ 2y
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DiruVamp
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Happy birthday to Haruki Murakami 🎂🎈🎁

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a collection of short stories selected by Murakami with the theme #birthday, each story a snapshot of life on a single day. Stories are by Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, among others, and one by Murakami himself. Some stories are quite sad, a few are bleak. This was my second Murakami read.

#tuneintonovember @Robothugs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Beautiful photo! I tried Murakami and he wasn't for me 😔 2y
Cathythoughts Ahhh that‘s lovely 💕 2y
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BookishBrooklyn
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Hello litsy friends, sadly I've been doing very little reading as of late because I've been having dizzy spells and my mum hasn't been well but I wanted to quickly show you these books by Murakami that I got yesterday in the mail. I'm excited to read them and now my book ban is on 🙃 #bibliophile #murakami #bookworm

Sophoclessweetheart So exciting. I was stupid enough to buy from wordery again and yet again my parcel hasn't arrived... I need to find another book store 😔💁🏼 2y
BookishBrooklyn @MythicReads that's horrible! 😓I recommend the Book Depository 👌💗 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Blah. They take too long 🙈🙈 2y
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BookishBrooklyn @MythicReads that's true. To be fair it's up to 14 days to get to good ol Oz 😂 2y
Sophoclessweetheart It takes about 4-7 days here but like, I want next day shipping most of the time 💁🏼 and if I don't need the books quickly I still don't want to be waiting a week 😂😂 2y
BookishBrooklyn @MythicReads there's an aus book store I might switch to in the future, it only bothers me though that shipping is charged here whereas it's free from the U.K. 😂😂 2y
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Simona
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My slowly growing Murakami collection for #KostovaGiveaway
I can easily identify myself with his overthinking and alienated characters. Even though, I want to meet him, I probably wouldn't be able to speak ...

Spiderfelt This collection is new to me. Sounds like an interesting premise. 3y
Simona @Spiderfelt It's new to me too and yes, looks like very interesting short stories anthology ... I just ordered it on the Book Depository. 😊 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I love him and great collection!👍🏻💕 3y
Simona @Graciouswarriorprincess Thanks! It's collection in constant progress ... He's a very productive-oriented 😉 3y
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jenniferw88
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I'm jumping on @Cinfhen's bandwagon & doing my own musical book #challenge as May is my #birthday month! Feel free to do whichever one of the challenges you feel like & sorry for the cheesy pop tunes! Also I don't know what happened with the formatting but that's what happened when I saved it to my phone. I'll repost nearer the time but this will hopefully give you ample time to plan for the first few days. Tag is #melodicmay

CrowCAH Have fun; can't wait to see the posts! I've also "boarded the ship" and will be hosting a Pirates of the Caribbean photo challenge next month for the new movie coming out Dead Men Tell No Tales. 3y
rabbitprincess This sounds awesome! 😎 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

An anthology of thirteen stories specifically chosen and edited by Murakami around the theme 'birthday', this is not a book for everyone. Most stories are dark and sad. I only enjoyed a few of the stories, including Murakami's own little gem, but I'm glad to be introduced to other authors whom I've never read, like Raymond Carver, William Trevor and Daniel Lyons. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#24in48 #readathon

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Onto my next book for #24in48 while snacking on crisps.
#randomwordofthemonth #currentread #readathon

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suvata
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Lacythebookworm 🎉🎉🎉😊 3y
Desha ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Desha すごいね! 3y
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