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First Person Singular
First Person Singular: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Some novelists hold a mirror up to the world and some, like Haruki Murakami, use the mirror as a portal to a universe hidden beyond it. The Wall Street Journal A mind-bending new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami. The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory. . . all with a signature Murakami twist.
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Zoes_Human
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Mehso-so

Wistful, soothing, and utterly forgettable.

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claudiuo
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After reading a few months ago The Strange Library, I bought Kafka on the Shore
but decided to try some short stories first. I've seen his work characterized as surrealism and magical realism and some of the stories are in that realm (and reminded me of a great Romanian writer that I love, Mircea Eliade) but others are different; all have in common a great sensibility and beautiful writing. Add to this his love of jazz and I'm sold. 😃
A pick!

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks Interestingly enough, this book is making me go back to the start of the maze (and since this is my second pass through the maze it is also the 3rd time here - so cool!):
A2: A Spindle Splintered -> D3: Batman: Overdrive -> E2: Transmission -> F2: First Person Singular... and back to A2 😁
Thank you so much for coming up with such a great idea!

(edited) 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm so glad you're enjoying the maze!! I set it up so that each space had 3 spaces that could send you there... so there are three different prompts that tell you to go to D3, three different prompts that can send you to E2, etc. But somehow I have ended up at H3 three times 😂 I've been to 14 different squares but not a single on in C or D! I'm so intrigued about where I go in my own maze LOL 8mo
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DMC_run8
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Mehso-so

I liked most of the short stories in this book but I really disliked the last one. Not my favorite Murakami.

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Pinta
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^^A privileged man in an expensive suit feeling REMORSE? Seems very unMurakamian. Thankfully, feeling doesn‘t last long, easily washed away w/ vodka gimlet until some nasty woman confirms… Narrators with such ego, such centered perception, but still asking the big questions: am I who I say I am, how did I get to THIS first person singular? “If I‘d chosen a different direction, most likely I wouldn‘t be here. But still—who IS that in the mirror?”

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Pinta
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Mehso-so

A somewhat more mellow Murakami, still same obsessions (Beatles, jazz, baseball, symphonies). Alienation & distancing. Women=odd, unknowable, sexual creatures, judging & judgeable, who should only ever be young & desirable. Can memory be trusted? Can monkeys steal women‘s names? Can appointments be made & kept? Vodka gimlets & strangers more memorable than loved ones. Great mysteries, less mysterious when told for the umpteenth time. Trans 2020

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LionHeartLeo
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Mehso-so

I feel terribly guilty for saying this, as I‘m a huge Murakami fan & have read them all...I was not a fan of this one.
I think I only truly liked “Charlie Parker Play‘s Bossa Nova”.
His short stories are hit or miss for me, but I LOVE his novels.

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sailu112
Pickpick

I am always in awe of Haruki Murakami's writing. This is a short story collection. Loved all the short stories.
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Fridayfilms
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Can‘t think of a better Sunday

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QuintusMarcus
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Mehso-so

Not bad, but kind of … meh, I suppose. Strange, dislocating mysteries, noodles, bells, jazz — the usual Murakami props all present and accounted for. No holes in the ground, though, I guess that was missing. I could say the stories are very writerly — tightly focused, perfect detail, compact. Getting really sick of how he writes about women, though: he needs to wise up and knock it off. Doesn‘t he read the newspapers?

Cathythoughts I like your review 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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Ange44
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My library hold finally came in! I‘m so excited to dive in.

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