The Elephant Vanishes

By Haruki Murakami


  • Difficulty Level : Adult
  • Length : 336 pages ( roughly 1 day )
  • Type: Fiction
  • My Rating: **

Book Review:

The Elephant Vanishes is a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami and i feel naturally it is near impossible to like all the short stories, there are some hits and some misses but i think different people with a different focus will appreciate the stories differently.

I think it is important to read, it expands your horizon, it is a form of sharing, sharing of views, perspective, ideas, experience and life. All it requires from you is time and effort to read, its different from sitting down on the couch and watch TV or movies whereby information are spoonfed to you.

Moreover, i find that Movies are compressed version of books and some movies have no meaning at all. Most of them are myopic or single theme that are not able to expand one’s viewpoint. Same for TV series.

The story On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning is pretty interesting. I guess the bottomline of the story is talking about YOLO, and should make full use of the opportunity that has been given to you. ( I personally think this is quite an cool and short story to share with people Just for them to think about, you know you pass by that person you think might be the girl or guy of your dreams and you may only have this one chance )

Sleep talks about how a person may perceive reality when that person has insomnia. My take is insomnia combine with depression is a deadly concoction. I think it is extremely important for the person to share with his or her love ones on their condition so that can seek help.


“I realize now that the reality of things is not something you convey to people but something you make.”


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