It’s interesting reading Murakami’s short stories. They are like individual dreams that you wake up with before you want to. At least that’s how I often feel. But then even his longer works tend to finish before I want them to.
This collection is interesting, because it has some of his earliest stories as well as his latest stories. Most of the time it is easy to figure out which is which. His later work is much more polished than the earlier work.
My favorite works in this collection are “Tony Takitani,” “Chance Traveler,” “The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day” and “A Shinagawa Monkey.”
I’ve read through all of Murakami’s fiction that have been translated into English. My favorite novels were Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore.
Now to figure out something new to read.