Reading THE ELEPHANT VANISHES

Self has lined up three Haruki Murakami short story collections to read, in the following order:

A few months ago, she read her first entire Murakami book, his novel Norwegian Wood.  Yeah, yeah, she knows:  she’s about 15 years behind the times.

Now, she’s about to return The Elephant Vanishes to the Redwood City Library, having read only to p. 153 (the first two pages of a story called “The Little Green Monster” which is, just as the title says, about a little green monster.  How self hates it when great story titles turn out to be literal rather than ironic!  It’s as if Franz Kafka had called his story:  “How Gregor Samsa Turns Into a Gigantic Bug” instead Read the rest of this entry »

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