Even when self isn’t particularly taken by a Murakami story, there is always a take-away.
This story was written in the Jurassic period. Records in jackets? And none of Murakami’s characters use e-mail or text-messaging. Nevertheless:
- The dwarf would take half-played records off the turntable, throw them onto the pile without returning them to their jackets, lose track of which went with which, and afterward put records in jackets at random.
— from “The Dancing Dwarf,” Story # 14 in The Elephant Vanishes