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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
by Haruki Murakami | Literature & Fiction
Registered by blackwidow1971 of Winchester, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 25, 2007
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Samrana): reserved


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by blackwidow1971 from Winchester, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 25, 2007

8 out of 10

Collection of short stories, translated from Japanese.

I loved these, which I wasn't expecting to (I'd read reviews of the author's work and dismissed them as not my sort of thing). Some were quite straightforward, others completely surreal, but in a good way!

I will definitely read some of his novels now. 


Journal Entry 2 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, May 19, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Picked up at the Cherry Tree meet on Saturday. 


Journal Entry 3 by Caterinaanna at Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, April 28, 2012

7 out of 10

I like the surreal elements of Murakami's novels but sometimes, in stories of this length, they seem like a bit of a cop-out - a way of short-cutting to an inconclusive ending. I'm not surprised therefore that some of them were the starts or inspirations for longer pieces - I can imagine the characters and situations refusing to leave him alone. I cannot deny the pleasure I get from the process of reading them, finding things like the fireworks simile on page 325. My favourites werre towards the end: the name-stealing monkey, the mother who loses her surfer son, Dabchick made me smile, The Mirror made me think. 


Journal Entry 4 by Caterinaanna at Urban Coffee Company, Church St in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Released 1 yr ago (4/28/2012 UTC) at Urban Coffee Company, Church St in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 5 by wingSamranawing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Picked up at BC Birmingham meet-up. I wasn't going to pick up any today but then I saw this....and have started it already, so it has jumped the queue of my books to be read. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingSamranawing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, September 30, 2012

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I read some of these stories in April and then read others as and when. A few of them made me want to know more about the characters, the situations, or what 'really' happened. I think this is a good thing as it meant that I invested in the characters, but in some stories wanting more may have come from the feeling that there wasn't an actual ending, but rather a opening up of different possibilities. In some cases e.g. in 'Nausea' and 'Crabs' this seemed very apparent in a not so satisfying sort of way, and in others e.g. 'Tony Takitani' and 'Chance Traveller' it revealed the brilliance that is Murakami - of whom I will always want more.

Passing on to juiako. 




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