Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman | Haruki Murakami

“She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, “I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
  • Series: –
  • Author: Haruki Murakami

Synopsis:

Collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range 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. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

REVIEW + SPOILERS:

Murakami, in my opinion, is a hit or miss kind of author. You either completely relate to his stories and fall in love with them…or… you don’t. So I feel completely confidant when I say, he is a complete miss with me. This book makes my second purchase into his world and I completely regret it.

I was mulling over whether I should review each short story separately or just the overall context as one. And I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s barely anything to rate in the first place so might as well just do the latter.

There are twenty four short stories in this book. Most of which, if not all, talk about nothing. I’m serious. His writings are so pointless, I wouldn’t even go as to calling them “stories”. They are not. They’re just simply recollections of his encounters with random people, or stating random facts or talking about an unimportant and probably made up event like the new born kangaroo.

As usual, his stories are filled with themes of loneliness and infidelity where for some reason both parties don’t feel any guilt at all. Friends died here and there, weird talking animals and alternate universes. Nothing in a way that makes you want to read further. It was such a painful and boring read for me, where I feel like I wasted three days just fighting to get through it.

His books make me question the kind of morals and lessons we’re supposed to learn from this, if any. If I can give it less than one star, I would. Don’t waste your time with this book. Seriously, don’t.

Related Review:

Haruki Murakami: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage 

Final Rating:

☆☆

“Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn’t control you–you should control them. ” 

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