First Person Singular: Stories

First Person Singular: Stories

A riveting new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami. The eight masterful stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator: a lonely man. Some of them (like With the Beatles, Cream and On a Stone Pillow ) are nostalgic looks back at youth. Others are set in adulthood--Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova, Carnaval, Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey and the stunning title story. Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Haruki himself is present, as in The Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. The stories all touch beautifully on love and loss, childhood and death . . . all with a signature Murakami twist.'

Title:First Person Singular: Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593318072
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    First Person Singular: Stories Reviews

  • s.penkevich

    There is something I find very calm and comforting about reading Murakami. Perhaps it is because the protagonists always have this refined aloofness about them, unshakable in the face of an abrupt sur...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Was Murakami high when he wrote these stories?I DNFed a story because it started with this line:"Of all the women I've known until now, she was the ugliest."Seriously?! How do you even think of writin...

  • Meike

    English: First Person Singular: StoriesThis collection consists of eight short stories, all of which - you guessed it - are told from the first person singular perspective. While the last one, the tit...

  • Andrew Smith

    Eight new short stories from a writer who I always find thought provoking, often surprising and occasionally unfathomable. I’m a big fan of Murakami’s novels, several of which would be amongst my ...

  • Nat K

    ”Loving someone is like having a mental illness that’s not covered by health insurance.” Is it only me, or does Murakami’s work seem to become even more dreamlike and philosophical over time? ...

  • Roku Endo

    It has eight short stories and I enjoyed some of them.I recognized I do not like his description of women. ちょっと癪に障るんだよなあ。The women characters in his story seem very similar...

  • Lou

    As a huge fan of Murakami, I snapped this up but reminded myself that short story collections can be hit and miss and more subjective than long-form novels; in fact, they frequently are, however, I th...

  • Oscreads

    Love the writing. Love the ideas. Some incredible stories here. Had an issue with the depictions of the female character. ...

  • Boy Blue

    My feeling is that we're seeing the decline of Murakami's powers. I noticed in his last two novels, The colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage and even moreso in Killing Commendatore, th...

  • Yukari Peerless

    Latest from Haruki Murakami. Read it on Kindle. I usually enjoy his short stories and this one was no exception. I liked the last two stories "Shinagawa Zaru(Shinagawa Monkey)" and "Ichininshou Tansu ...