Friday, 22 April 2011
Foreign Language Friday: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
The Kangaroo Communiqué- I don't really have very much to say about this one. One thing I do know; it was weird. Even for this anthology. It didn't really make sense, it was shrouded in mystery; the narration sort of jumped about from one place to another.
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning-is only five or six pages long, but one of my favourites nonetheless. It's short and sweet and the sort of thing that puts a smile on your face when you've finished, and seems to make your whole day brighter for having read it. Even though you know it's just a story, it's utterly enchanting. It's kind of like a fairy-tale.
Sleep-Would have been another favourite, had it not been for the ending, which seemed to let down what would have otherwise been a truly, truly fantastic story. The ending was very sudden and didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the story, which left me kind of disappointed. However, up to that point it was unputdownable. I'm something of an insomniac, but not...not in the creepy sinister way of this story. It gave me chills.
The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, And The Realm of Raging Winds- Was another short one, and all the better for it. For all its length, it was pretty incredible in the way that it managed to weave in time and space to such a short piece. The writing style is beautiful; so clear and precise. "I let out a short, maybe 30% sigh." "The things on the line were all aflutter, whipping out loud, dry cracks, streaming their crazed comet trails off into space."
TV People - Is bizarrely apathetic. A man is sat in his living room late one night when suddenly little people appear in his apartment and set up a television. Mysteriously when it's turned on, the television doesn't show any channels, and then the aforementioned TV People turn up at his office to install a similar television, which nobody else seems to notice. It's...just so weird. The narrator never mentions the TV people to anyone, nor do they mention them to him. He just sits there and watches them go about their business...it makes no sense. But then, I don't think it's meant to.