The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
The Elephant Vanishes is a collection of 17 short stories written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Just like his other works, the short stories are all still into his downright weird and surreal theme.
If you’re the type of reader who likes to read stories with a complete and cohesive plot, then I guess you better pick another book to read. These short stories are nowhere near your league. The plots are vague and most don’t even have a conclusion. Murakami is the type of author who likes to leave readers hanging after every story. He loves the idea of parallelism and alternate worlds which is very close to his apathetic protagonist’s ‘real’ world. You can have a good laugh every now and then but all else leaves you thinking about the possibilities of this hypothetical events and circumstances crossing into what we call reality.
Out of all the stories in the book, I loved “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”. Or maybe it’s just me being too much of a hopeless romantic. I loved the idea of the what-ifs, of letting opportunities pass by and being too careful that in the end, you will not end up with your 100% perfect person. No happy endings. Just living life as is, no dramas.
Honestly, I don’t love the book 100%. After reading his other works like Norwegian Wood and 1Q84, this probably did not meet my expectations. Either I was expecting too much or some of the short stories are really just too vague for my know-how. I don’t know.