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Men Without Women
Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
The major new work of fiction from the internationally acclaimed, #1 NYT bestselling author--a dazzling collection of short stories. The much-anticipated new short story collection from the beloved Haruki Murakami--his first major new work of fiction since the #1 New York Times bestselling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage--Men Without Women showcases the author at the peak of his powers. Across seven tales, Murakami draws his piercing observation to 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 Haruki Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
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AkashPhoenix
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This is my favourite read of Nov 2019. Handcrafted stories that leave you speechless. Loved to see Murakami's version of Gregor Samsa, Justice Well Served! Kafka would be proud to see Samsa getting some well deserved love after a buggy life since 1915 :) Some quotes from this book hit you right at the spot 💘!
Now I have Percy Faith on loop thanks to Murakami!

#phirterikahaaniyaadaayi

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AkashPhoenix
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Just finished the first story and I'm loving it!

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Cathy_J
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Started this one a while back (at the snow ❄😊⛄) but couldn't really get into it. I finally finished it but did not enjoy it. A series of short stories that left me with more questions than answers. ⭐⭐

Usagi It seems that is the theme with his books. It leaves you with a lot of questions. 2w
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LionHeartLeo
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Murakami writes great short stories, but whenever I read them after one of his novels I feel a bit cheated or shorted after finishing one. I think because right at the point where I start to become invested & interested in a character, the story ends, sometimes abruptly.

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DMC_run8
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I didn't love every story but I do love his writing!

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Andrea4
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First Murakami and I enjoyed it. As often goes for short story collections, some more than others. I feel like Murakami's writing is for me a bit like when others read poetry, that is to say, you like it or you don't but can't necessarily explain why or even say if you "get it." I think some of the stories need more time than others to sink in.

mdhughes72 No more Pablo? 9mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 I'll get back to it, I promise! Lately I've been speaking a lot more Spanish with people and I've had so many headaches I think I was kind of taking a break. Actually, fun news - I'm going to Chile in less than a month so spanish overload will happen and hopefully Neruda overload too!!!😁😁😁🌞🌞 9mo
mdhughes72 Okay, now I‘m REALLY jealous! I hope you have a wonderful trip!! Didn‘t you say you have an abuelo there? 9mo
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Andrea4 @mdhughes72 hahaha thank you! And I did, my grandparents' farm is still there but they are passed. My uncle has more or less lived there since my abuelo's passing. It's time to clear out the house though or at least make a start at it. 9mo
mdhughes72 Sounds like a bittersweet trip then. Still, a great opportunity — I‘d trade places with you! 9mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 maybe a little but I think enough time has passed that it's still more sweet. I miss is there and I REALLY miss the sun and heat!!!!! 9mo
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edennugget
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Thoughts on Murakami's writing?

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Neptunes.Library
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So we begin the resurgence of our book club with one of my favorite authors 💛🧡❤️

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mrigasira
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The stories in this collection are about loneliness of men and how their lives are punctuated by women who are absent. The stories talk about missed opportunities and how the men find it difficult to stay connected without the women in their lives. Some of the stories appeal immediately, while others linger and start to make sense upon deep introspection. Not all stories are great, but there is a lot to like in the book.

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joshua828
Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami

“Curiousity, a thirst to know more”

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MaryJJ
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Cosa vuol dire amare? Quanta importanza ha una donna nella vita di un uomo ? Murakami tenta di dare una risposta a queste domande e lo fa attraverso una serie di racconti pressapoco brevi in cui vari uomini si scontrano col sentimento devastante ed essenziale dell'amore creando con esso un legame che sia altresì distruttivo o/e rigenerante.
Non so se quella di Murakami è una risposta o una supposizione ma leggerlo vale sempre la pena.

☆☆☆☆\☆☆☆☆

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read.run.travel
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I‘m moving to a new city in a month & I found a book club group on Facebook! Their motto: “We like to read, and we like wine. And food.” Does it get any better than this?! 📚🍷😍
I am sooo excited to try this out. Being a part of a book club has been something I‘ve been wanting to try for pretty much my entire life. I cannot wait to meet new people & talk to them about my favorite thing – books!

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fleeting
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And that's a wrap! Truly enjoyed these laid back reading days. When I was in grade school, my school had a "reading day." We had no classes; we were just to read all the books we brought with us the whole class day. How awesome is that? And how awesome is @24in48 for spreading reading 'round the world? Back to regular programming, but that doesn't mean reading ever stops. ? #24in48

KristinaRay That sounds like best school day ever! 1y
fleeting Indeed it was! :) 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Both surreal and real! My first Murakami, and definitely not my last. Good thing I feel this way, as quite a few of his works are on the #1001Books list (this short story collection isn‘t included in the list).

mrsh62010 He is my favorite author 1y
Kammbia1 Glad you enjoyed it. Try A Wild Sheep Chase, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and South of the Border West of the Sun. 1y
Kammbia1 A Wild Sheep Chase is my favorite Murakami novel. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-96-a-wild-sheep-chase-by-haruki-murakami/ (edited) 1y
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BarbaraBB I haven‘t even heard of this one, while i‘ve read a lot of Murakami. 1y
ValerieAndBooks @mrsh62010 I look forward to reading more by Murakami! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Kammbia1 I will keep my eyes open for him from now on (most of my books are acquired used)! I recently found In a Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart. Which of those two do you recommend? @mrsh62010 ? @BarbaraBB ? 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Kammbia1 that is a good review! Funny how you describe it as “surreal “, just as I did for this one! That must be his style, then?! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB this collection seems to have come out very recently, so maybe that‘s why. 1y
mrsh62010 I've only read the wind up bird chronicle, kafka on the shore, and 1Q84. Loved all of them a lot but 1Q84 was my favorite. I know that doesn't answer your question haha but I've heard a lot of praise for Norwegian Wood. 1y
BarbaraBB I would absolutely recommend 1y
Kammbia1 Valerie, I have not read those 2 Murakami novels you mentioned in your question. But, I've heard great things about Norwegian Wood. I believe that was his breakout novel in Japan as well. Thanks for the kind words about my review. He definitely has a surreal quality to his work. 1y
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Alisnazzy
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About time I started audiobooking at work. Of course it has to be my favorite author.

ValerieAndBooks I liked this collection; the first I‘ve read by him! 1y
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sailu112
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Men without women. This books takes you to a space you wouldn't be able to go by yourself.

RaimeyGallant Good to know! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
sailu112 @RaimeyGallant thanks Raimey. It's super helpful and handy. Nice to meet you 😀 1y
RaimeyGallant Nice to meet you too. :) 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊🌸 1y
sailu112 @Eggs thank you so much😀 1y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
sailu112 @DebinHawaii thank you so much 😁 1y
sailu112 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks a ton 😀 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @sailu112 you‘re welcome ☺️ 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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swatreads
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A good collection of short stories. I liked a few of them such as Kino, Drive My Car, Samsa in Love and Scheherazade. But none of them blew my mind like his other books. Definitely a good one time read for me. And it's a Murakami after all. His books are always worth the time😊 3/5
#murakamibookclub #murakamifanforever #murakamimarathon

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ValerieAndBooks
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Waiting to board— picked this up at the airport. This is my first Murakami.

Lmstraubie Safe travels! 1y
MichelleScott_author I love him! I haven‘t read this one, though. My fav is Kafka on the Shore. 1y
ephemeralwaltz I love Murakami! And I did love this collection. This is more on his 'realism' side in contrast to his 'magical realism' side which would be Kafka on the Shore which is also my favorite!! @Coffeeshopreviews! What a crazy read. 1y
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Billypar Ooh....enjoy! I haven't read this one, but I'm a big fan of his. 1y
Suet624 Where are you headed? 1y
DivineDiana Have fun! 1y
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TieDyeDude
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An excellent collection of short stories. My first Murakami, and certainly not my last. Kudos to the translators for their work.

DrexEdit Glad to hear your positive review. This book is definitely on my list! 1y
ValerieAndBooks I have been meaning to read him!! 1y
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izah.ahmad
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Trying to ease the brain with this one #holidaymode

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Morr_Books
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This is my third Murakami. I try so hard to like his books, but I just don't. I thought reading a short story collection might be more enjoyable for me, but it wasn't. Half the stories bored me and the other half I have no idea what was going on. Murakami had a tendency to end storied without a conclusion and it bugs the heck out of me. I dislike ending a book with more questions than answers. Sigh...

Aleida I recently finished 1Q84. It was a bear. I liked it, but it could‘ve have been about a quarter of the actual length. 1y
iread2much I also struggle to like his books. I try and I try and I try and I just can‘t 1y
Moray_Reads I find his style unbearable 1y
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Herschelian Giv n up even trying to read him, his writing style is just not for me - glad I am not alone! 1y
Morr_Books @Aleida I made it 400 pages in 1Q84 and then life got in the way and never finished but I was enjoying it. Will I be disappointed in the 2nd half? 1y
Morr_Books @iread2much @Moray_Reads @Herschelian I am so glad I'm not alone. My book club peeps all seem to love his work. 1y
Moray_Reads @Morr_Books I just get really bogged down in it. It seems to me he's one of those writers who had become so famous and popular that his publishers have stopped editing properly 1y
Aleida @Morr_Books you won‘t be disappointed with the story, but you‘ll have to work hard for it, haha. It‘s too long. But it‘s a satisfying end. 1y
iread2much @Morr_Books you are not alone! Many people I know also love his work, I just don‘t like it 1y
TiredLibrarian @Morr_Books I read this because title, and it's short & illustrated. I was baffled. I wondered if it would make more sense to someone who'd read more of his work. But you have to work hard to make me not enjoy a book about a library, and he did it. 1y
Morr_Books @TiredLibrarian I actually did read The Strange Library, and, while I enjoyed it more than other Murakami I've read, I by no means loved it. I think that is probably a strong sign that Murakami isn't for me. 1y
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swatreads
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If you don‘t know what you‘re looking for, it‘s not easy to look for it.

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Morr_Books
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Decided to take my coffee and book break outside this morning, as it is not too hot out yet. Hope I can finish this book before book club this evening, but after three Murakami books I might have officially decided that I am truly not a fan unfortunately. #bookclub

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TieDyeDude
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#whatchareadingwednesday

Audio: Star Wars Ahsoka
Lunch: Men Without Women
Home: Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism by Mike Mignola

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ingeniousretard
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Picked up this Murakami paperback at a local bookstore as I had no weekend plans. And it hasn't failed to amuse me. Some wonderful writing there!

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lovelybookshelf
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There were a lot of cringy male gaze moments in this collection but ehhh, it's Murakami. I freakin' love his stories, regardless. (Plus I got a bingo, ha!)

RaimeyGallant This bingo looks super fun. 2y
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shivamp
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Aren't you a little young to be the voice of reason or something?

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 2y
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Sha0102
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Great short stories book. The stories are fluid, interesting and so well written. Murakami is a master in the art. #Sha2018

ju.ca.no Great cover! 2y
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Jamesmelvinmitchell
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Working on this one, what a stupendous author I've loved everything else he has written. Windup Bird Chronicles and After Dark are fantastic.

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I don't read a lot of short stories because I feel they are a bit rushed. But, in this one every story is well written and complete in Murakami way.i really enjoyed reading the stories.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
Chelleo I just read Uncommon Type and a few stories felt rushed 2y
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agnussdei
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Mehso-so

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I think my brain wasn't ready for this. I liked some of the stories but the rest of them left huge question mark above my head. At one point I even thought "Was this guy on drugs while he was writing this?". Too many metaphors for my taste. Regardless, I'll read another book by Murakami.

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agnussdei
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We have finally met, Mr. Murakami.
So far, so good.

Craftylikefox Welcome to Litsy 😊 2y
agnussdei Thank you @Craftylikefox 2y
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SoniaC
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Truly loved these short stories. I find his writing magical. I love how he uses language. He is able to tell the simplest stories with such nuance.

EllieDottie I read my first Murakami this year and I loved it! 2y
SoniaC @EllieDottie He is brilliant. 2y
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Lyanneee
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"Dreams are the kind of things you can—when you need to—borrow and lend out."

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Lyanneee
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Examining your own heart, however, is another matter. I think it‘s possible to see what‘s in there if you work hard enough at it. So in the end maybe that‘s the challenge: to look inside your own heart as perceptively and seriously as you can, and to make peace with what you find there. If we hope to truly see another person, we have to start by looking within ourselves.

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Lyanneee
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"But the proposition that we can look into another person‘s heart with perfect clarity strikes me as a fool‘s game. I don‘t care how well we think we should understand them, or how much we love them. All it can do is cause us pain."

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Book recommendation!! It‘s a short story collection by my favourite living author of all-time, about the lives of men without women. Has Murakami‘s signature strangeness amid magical realism elements. I like that it‘s contemplative, a bit dark at times with humour to match, and overall just damn good. 👍🏽👍🏽

#diversebooks #litsygram #harukimurakami #japanese #ownvoices #shortstories #magicalrealism

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Kathrin
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As with so many short story collections, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. Overall, I felt like the Murakami magic was missing.

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Abailliekaras
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A good collection of stories about men who are alone in some way, male friendship & cheating wives. Their relationships with, & generalisations about, women are troubling at times. But Murakami's easy prose is so clear, his conversational style a pleasure to read, and his characters have depth. He can distill profound questions into a single paragraph & these moments of illumination are a treat. Not always brilliant but much to enjoy.

sisilia I haven't read any Murakami this year 😐 2y
merelybookish Is he being critical of these generalizations? 2y
Abailliekaras @sisilia I'm such a huge fan (especially of his novels)! @merelybookish no I don't think so 😕 2y
bedandabook I‘ve only read one Murakami, and absolutely loved it. This sounds very interesting, so might have to add it to my TBR pile. 2y
Abailliekaras @bedandabook this is good but I'd recommend wind up bird chronicle & Kafka on the shore if you haven't read those. 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Back home and it's spring. Reading in the front garden in the evenings watching the world go by (such as it is in the suburbs 😉) is one of my favourite things to do. 🌷🍸📖

batsy Ahhh, bliss 🍷📙🌿 2y
RachelO It's 9.30 am here, and that looks really appealing already! 2y
Abailliekaras @batsy @RachelO 😊 it was short lived - not long before the kids descended and peace was broken 😉 2y
Beckys_Books Lovely photo 2y
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Opening line: “Based in the many times he had ridden in cars driven by women, Kafuku had reached the conclusion that most female drivers fell into one of two categories: either they were a little too aggressive or a little too timid.” #menwothoutwomen #murakami #harukimurakami #harvillsecker #bookgnome #bookcover #firstline #book #instaread

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ChrisSeddon
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Been a while since I read any Murakami so it was great to get stuck in to this book of short stories. He writes loneliness so well you almost start longing for solitude.

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AudreyMorris
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Short stories out of the lives of men without women--yes, that's what the main characters in the arch of these stories have in common. They are single, divorced, widowed. Each has shaped his life around that fact. Most of the stories are snippets of time--there is no real resolution to anything. Some are very odd, but no spoilers from me!

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AudreyMorris
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Next up for fiction! This is the final book from my last big library book haul--I've finished all the others! #shortstories

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ChrisSeddon
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Love the positivity in Murakami's writing!

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ChrisSeddon
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It's been a while since I read any Murakami, and after the first story in this book, it feels good to be back!

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QuintusMarcus
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Panpan

This book is a total failure. Murakami's flat, affectless prose style is perfect for his wild flights of fancy. But these stories of sad sacks with girl problems just come off as banal and deadly boring. I had no idea Murakami was even capable of being dull - I hope it's just a phase he is going through.