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Haruki Murakami bewijst met deze fantastische verhalenbundel opnieuw dat hij elke literaire vorm beheerst De mysterieuze verhalen in Blinde wilg slapende vrouw variëren in sfeer van surrealistisch tot alledaags De lezer vindt krassende kra. Reading the books of Haruki Murakami born 1949 is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa 1910 1998 The two are the most notable world known artists in JapanIn particular reading the 24 stories included in this collection Blind Willow Sleeping Woman is like watching Kurosawa s 1990 film Dreams three times The 8 stories in the film are said to be based on the actual dreams of Kurosawa In Murakami s Introduction to the English Edition of this book he said that Ice Man one of the 24 is based on a dream his wife had p xi Also one of Kurosawa s 8 dreams is entitled Crows while one of Murakami s short story The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes is about crows that know how to distinguish genuine and fake sharpie cakes With Kurosawa gaining tremendous popularity worldwide because of his earlier films Rashomon Seven Samurai Red Beard etc when Murakami was still a struggling novelist Kurosawa s influence to Murakami is not a far fetched possibilityKafka on the Shore The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Sputnik Sweetheart After Dark I read four of his novels before delving into his second collection of short stories Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Wrong move I guess I was in a hurry to finish the first two novels since they are included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I ignored the explanation of my friend prior to my reading Kafka on Shore that Murakami is first and foremost a short story writer The plot scenes characters conflicts uirkiness etc in these stories are also in his novels The list is almost endless the mysterious cats man cooking pasta the woman by the shore people and animals disappearing for no reason a couple going on vacation to Greece compulsive eating jazz lovers incestuous relationship gay love visit to a zoo etc The typical stories that do not make any sense Pointless Implausible plots Waste of time Grrr The execution is excellent though The fluidity of narration The precise exact words Mundane yet familiar everyday like setting Imagination at its best So you hold on You read on until the last page even if not everything makes any logicLike life When things are not going right When things are hard to explain There are things that are happening around us that sometimes we cannot understand right Like dreams Almost always they do not make sense Yet they are sometimes so vivid as if real While in them we find ourselves crying laughing wanting disappointed scared sad aroused The plethora of emotions in our dreams The same plethora you will feel when you read Blind Willow Sleeping WomanAfter all we all dream right Life Dreams Read on Live on Murakami is one of the nominees in this year s Nobel Prize for Literature Announcement today October 7 Ganbatte Murakami san Update 1082010 Haruki Murakami lost to Mario Vargas Llosa born 1936 a Peruvian Maybe I should try reading Llosa s Time of the Hero 1966 or The Feast of the Goat 2002 and see if he indeed deserves to win over Murakami

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Op Hawaï of in de greep van het dagelijks leven worden de personages geraakt door het opgloeien van een vuurvliegje een pijnlijk verlies opvlammende erotiek of de schrijnende afstand tussen mensen die eigenlijk snakken naar elkaars nabijhe. I like to read short stories since the day I entered college because It takes me less time to finish them and plus I already feel the pleasure of reading A research shows that Filipinos were short story lovers because of our current condition fast paced world I don t know if I should nod while agreeing with the fact that we like short stories but in the darkest side I was one of the Filipinos who liked to read themWhat I really loved bout Murakami was his passion in writing novels and short stories and that was one of the things that in fact struck me after reading his English introduction of the book To put in the simplest possible terms I find writing novels a challenge writing short stories a joy If writing novels is like planting a forest then writing short stories is like planting a garden The two processes complement each other creating a complete landscape that I treasure The green foliage of the trees casts a pleasant shade over the earth and the wind rustles the leaves which are sometimes dyed a brilliant gold Meanwhile in the garden buds appear on flowers and colorful petals attract bees and butterflies reminding us of the subtle transition from one season to the next After that inspiring first paragraph of his book I decided to read the book before the others I always liked metamorphic descriptions of things even in simplest English to most complicated one and don t mention that I don t like poetry Yes but Murakami is an exception he writes like a poetry that even in your dream you can hear his voice narrating all 24 stories again and again Blind Willow Sleeping Woman is a collection of 24 short stories written by Haruki Murakami between 1981 and 2005 His written works were translated in English by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin and published in 2005 in English A conspiracy released that Jane Austen books were well edited by her editor and that makes her novel best selling she was accused of having too much wrong grammar and misspelled words but the point here is not about Austen as a bad writer Compared to Murakami which is his works were translated into English there is also possibility that his works were good because of the translators although the ideas of the authors were much important in a story And the big Why is that Murakami can speak and write English why not write his own story in EnglishAnother problem is that he usually copied his other short stories and pasted it to his other works especially novels while changing the characters and some details I don t find it as bad as plagiarism I don t know the proper term but I find it disappointing that he only copied some of his works and revising it like the story entitled Man Eating Cat he added the story in his novel Sputnik Sweetheart If you can still remember it was the story of Sumire and the cats that ate the old woman and so on My other speculation is that he added the short story to make the readers ask themselves about what really happened to the main characters because not all the story was copied It is a clue that will lead us to his other works that can answer our entire uestion and he had a very intriguing style of writingSince the book is a compilation of 24 short stories I decided to write short summary of my favorite short stories Usually I read a book a day but this book is exception to my new rule this one really pushed me to my limits in reading short stories1 Blind Willow Sleeping Woman An anonymous guy went to the hospital with his cousin who had this ear defect after a baseball ball hit him Then a flashback came when the guy waited for him It was summer and the guy and his friend went to visit his friend s girlfriend and bought some chocolates When they met his friend s girlfriend she talks about this weird tree that surrounded by flies and ones the flies entered your ear they will eat your body and died sleeping and it ended with a big uestion mark I liked the story but I can t get the whole point or the connection of his past and the present and his connection to his cousin2 Birthday Girl No matter what you wish for people will never be anything but themselves It was the waitress 20th birthday and her leave was canceled after her co worker got sick The manager always have this meal delivered to the owner every night and nobody knows who s the owner fortunately she had this chance to meet the owner after the manager got a stomach ache When she came to the old man s room she s been asked about her birthday gift and nobody knows what was it 3 The Mirror A man greatest enemy is himself A man working in a university and he worked every night and roam around the school every 9 PM and 3 AM One night when he s trying to roam around the building he saw a mirror and he saw his reflection I forgot the exact scene but there is something wrong to his reflection because of his compulsive attack he broke the mirror When he came back again he saw nothing but a flashlight and a kendo sword he left the night he saw his reflection4 A Folklore for My Generation A Pre History of Late Stage Capitalism There are stories that are funny but we can t laugh but we learned from them When Mr Anonymous was in his high school years he was the perfect guy of his class he s good at sport smart and good looking He had this girlfriend in the other class same with him they usually classified by other students as perfect couple But every time they make out they have rules to be followed they need to wear there shirt while having sex and hands only In the end the girl broke up with the guy she believes that a girl should marry a year older while a guy should marry less younger But the girl promised to have sex with the guy when she got married because deep inside she still loves her Beliefs and norms5 Man Eating Cats this is part Sputnik Sweetheart part Man Eating Cats There is a hole in the Sputnik Sweetheart what really happened to Sumire after she was lost like a smoke Like the main character in the story Sumire heard a very good music and she went to the top of the mountain were Miu and Sumire jogged every morning She contemplated until she asked herself who she really isthe story ends like that if we base it in the short story So uestion answered6 The Seventh Man This short story contradict the The Mirror man s greatest enemy is not himself but when you turn your back on it A massive typhoon came to another Mr Anonymous town when he was young he had this friend named K Anonymous and K went to the seashore and play like they always do everyday and Anonymous K and his dog was eaten by the massive wave Another massive wave attack him but everything stopped he saw K smiling inside the wave and when he wake up K s body was lost After that accident he always have this nightmare and went to Tokyo to study and work When his father died his brother sell there house and he gave him a small box full of drawings of K When he came back he realized that he need to face any trouble that surpass his life7 The Ice Man This is the story of a normal Japanese girl and an Ice Man God I can t imagine they re having sex and she felt like an icicle is pushing inside her vagina Her family is against her will to marry the ice man so her family disowned her and marry the Ice Man After several months and years of there relationship she decided to go to the South Pole and live until she realized that her husband become foreign to her eyes So she felt disappointed and went back to Japan with her baby on her womb8 Firefly This is a story of search love and letting go like a firefly inside a jar 9 Chance Traveler A gay man always visit a cafe every Tuesday and she met this woman who also reads the same book accidentally Until this woman fall in love to the man and he confronted the woman He lost track of the days and he decided to call his sister He lost connection with his sister when he tried to speak of his gender to his family and he was withdrawn lost from the connection between them His sister got an operation for Breast Cancer and it was successful and he was accepted by his sister and his sister s husband10 Hanalei Bay A mother lost her child from a shark while surfing in Hawaii after that tragic event she decided to go back to Hawaii annually to celebrate her son s death Until she met this two Japanese guy who can t speak English and she helped them The two Japanese surfer saw a single legged surfer in the beach and told the creepy story to the mother 11 The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday A short story writer who fall in love to a circus woman or something like that She works as a performer to tall buildings balancing like Libra Although she made it as a secret to the narrator soon the writer fall in love to her There is no impossible if you are determined to achieve your goal12 A Shinagawa Monkey A woman lost her name after a monkey stole her name tag After that event she asked a guidance councelor or a psychologist bout her problem in life Like she felt nothing about her husband or she have doubt with the love she received from her parents Until this odd monkey told her the truth and gave her back her name tag After the odd event she realized that she should accept things even they are bad or good I imagined myself reading this book in winter sitting in a bench while waiting for special someone Almost of his short stories always talks about loneliness and rejection at the end happy ending Like a bed time story tellingRating Blind Willow Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami 3 Sweets by calculating using percentage 12 the number of stories I liked 24 total amount of stories 5 total amount of sweets 25 or 3 Despite of my extensive reading and long vacant I can t finish the book for a day because I want to discover the inside meaning of his short stories But some were like irreleveant nonsense and short short stories I recommend for those people who like to read short stories before sleeping Borrowed from Ranee of Goodreads Filipinos Challenges Book 8 for 2011 Book 2 for Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011

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Aien een misdadige aap en een ijscoman op zijn pad en wordt geconfronteerd met de dromen die ons leven bepalen en de wensen die we koesteren Bij een onverwachte ontmoeting in Italië een romantische ballingschap in Griekenland een vakantie. I had heard a great deal about Murakami and I borrowed this book from my friend Reading this book was such a great experience The stories are so different from the work that I usually read and have a surreal dreamlike uality about them I cannot help but feel that I may have not been able to comprehend some of the metaphors used Nevertheless I enjoyed most of the stories included in this bookPeople are complex emotions and human behavior might not follow logic always Beneath the fa ade of success smartness attractiveness a person might carry an emotional burden Others look up to such a person might be awestruck or jealous but the person carries his burden alone A smart academically intelligent good at sports woman can blame her gender for her problems What can be terrifying to a man than his inner self How can a person trapped in a wheelchair and have his life dictated by others cope One can spend a greater part of his life carrying a heavy burden of guilt fear and grief and finally attain salvation through an unlikely act How fickle can fate be How a chain of events can break the barriers between a brother and sister and bring them close once againI intend to read the stories once again maybe a couple of years later I might be able to look at them in a new light and glean some new insights


10 thoughts on “めくらやなぎと、眠る女 Mekurayanagi to nemuru onna

  1. says:

    Mekurayanagi to Nemuru Onna Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Haruki MurakamiBlind Willow Sleeping Woman is a collection of 24 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami Contents Blind Willow Sleeping Woman Birthday Girl New York Mini

  2. says:

    Reading the books of Haruki Murakami born 1949 is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa 1910 1998 The two are the most notable world known artists in JapanIn particular reading the 24 stories included in this collection Blind Willow Sleeping Woman is like watching Kurosawa's 1990 film Dreams three times The 8 stories in the film are sa

  3. says:

    I have read good reviews about this book but I just couldn’t relate to them The book picked up towards the end with really nice storiesBut one has to live through “waste of time” pieces throughout the book

  4. says:

    Here is a story of why I am the best friend everWay back in aught 5 or so oh my god how was that a decade ago I worked at Random House I was and am still a smoker; I could and do tell so many stories about how smoking has directed and redirected the course of my life here's one about books Anyway There was a guy at RH I knew a bit because we smoked at the same time and eventually I learned that he was like th

  5. says:

    Reading Murakami Haruki is kind of like dreaming This was a book of 24 of his short stories What I noticed is tha

  6. says:

    I had heard a great deal about Murakami and I borrowed this book from my friend Reading this book was such a great experience The stories are so different from the work that I usually read and have a surreal dreamlike uality about them I cannot help but feel that I may have not been able to comprehend some of the metaphors used Nevertheless I

  7. says:

    What is one to make of Murakami's short stories? His translator has stated that his reputation was made by his stories in Japan apart from his super successful novels A brief survey of his total story output reveals that he is not interested in traditional story forms Though many of his stories remain untranslated we have so far rec

  8. says:

    I like to read short stories since the day I entered college because It takes me less time to finish them and plus I already feel the pleasure of reading A research shows that Filipinos were short story lovers because of our current condition fast paced world I don’t know if I should nod while agreeing with

  9. says:

    Murakami's fiction is all about natural presence of the surreal in ordinary lives The outright absurd is readily accepted

  10. says:

    This collection from Haruki Murakami was on my TBR explode list for March and I only meant to flip through it But after reading The Y

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