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Goodreads helps you murakai track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Willow. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full muraka,i of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Hardcoverpages. Published August 29th by Alfred A. Knopf first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blind Willow, Sleeping Womanplease sign up.

I don’t like reading something doesn’t have morality or a point i don’t want to read the whole book then say what is the point: Ant A lot of his work is left bereft of moral or point, so if you don’t like that you won’t like him. See 2 questions about Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman…. Lists with This Book.

Apr 17, K. Reading the books of Haruki Murakami born is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa The two are the most notable world-known artists in Japan. In particular, reading the 24 stories included in this collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is like watching Kurosawa’s 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 Manone of the 24, Reading the books of Haruki Murakami born is like watching the films of Akira Kurosawa In Murakami’s Introduction to the English Edition of this book, he said that Ice Manone of the 24, is based on a dream his wife had p.

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 possibility. Kafka on the Shore. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I read four of his novels before delving into his second collection of short stories, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. 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, quirkiness, etc in these stories are also in his novels. The list is almost endless: The typical stories that do not make any sense. 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 logic. 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?

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

Muraakami 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 Woman After all, eillow all dream, right?

Murakami is one of the nominees sleepjng this mudakami Nobel Prize for Literature. Announcement today, October 7. View all 20 comments. Since this is a collection of short stories, I’ve decided to rate it by story, and then take the average. Average rating overall is 2. However, based on my overall impression and personal thoughts about the book, plus the following statistics, I am more inclined to give this book just 2 stars: Number of stories rated as 1 star- 6; 2 stars-7; 3 stars-4; 4 stars -6; 5 stars And 2 stars it is!

It was just really ok. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – My rating: There he took wllow accompanying his deaf cousin on his visit to a new hospital. Along the way, he noted the bus they took were full of senior people, had a sort of deja-vu in the hospital cafeteria about a friend and his friend’s girlfriend, whom he had also visited in a willow hospital many years ago.

Though very loose, there was sort of an intertwining of the present with this episode in his past; with a recollection of the girlfriend’s story about the blind willow nad sleeping woman. The story ended with him and his cousin boarding the bus back home from the hospital. Call me dim-witted, but I don’t get it.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

What’s the significance of the story? What’s the point of the comparison of the past and the present – is it a lamentation on his part that he’s not really moved on, always keeping qillow company in hospitals?

What’s the significance of the story about the blind willow and sleeping woman – is it still all about not being able to move on, sleeping until one is eaten away? If the intent was to leave the answers to the reader’s imagination, there’s nothing much of a story to start with actually. It would have been nice if there was some solid foundation for the readers to bank on. Again, I don’t get it!

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Birthday Girl — My rating: What she wished for, it was never mentioned, but at the present time, she is living a happy and contented life.


Unless the narrator is one of the miners that were trapped? But there was no indication to this effect. Another story a dim-witted like me could not fathom! He is not aware that he talks to himself any sleepinf than the fact that he talks about airplanes. Throughout the story, the man ponders the characteristics of the woman, specifically that she cries a lot and for a long time, and that after she willkw, she would initiate their lovemaking. I tend to agree with this.

He talks about the 60s, and tells the story of a high school classmate and his girlfriend. The values prevalent during the 60s, especially those referring to sex and virginity were discussed at the start, and this is a good kick-off point for what the main story was all about. This is about a man spending a holiday in a beach resort with his wife. The story was good up to this point, then came the knife. About a month ago, they read from the newspaper that a baby kangaroo was born.

At first, she was disappointed because she thought that they should have gone earlier to visit because now, a month after, the baby kangaroo looks a little big to go inside the pouch.

They resigned to eating at the concession stand, and while there, the baby kangaroo hopped into the pouch, so naturally the girl was very happy. He needs a password to enter the workplace, a password he has no idea about.

How can a bird be the boss? This story is bpind about two lovers who fled to Greece after both their spouses found out about their affair.

That is actually the only justification I can give for the blihd stars. While the poor aunt is slumped on his back, people shy away from him — which is just natural — people who are problematic all the time are not good company.

The vomiting was accompanied by phone calls wherein the caller seeping mentioned his name and hung up. As sudden as it started, the vomiting and the phone calls also suddenly stopped. As to why this happened, the narrator Murakami can only speculate, no real conclusions arrived at.

Oh, the fear is there, all right. It comes to us in many different forms, at different times, wilolw overwhelms us. But the most frightening thing we can do at such times is to turn our backs on it, to close our eyes. For the we take the most precious thing inside us and surrender it to something else.

It was good that this story hy very short… just the same the topic of the spaghetti was dragged on through the end, that it was really painful to read.

The whole story transcends two generations — father and son, both loners, both good at their craft, living their lives almost independent of each other, thriving in their lonesomeness.