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Book Annotation: "Men Without Women" by Haruki Murakami

Seven short stories. Typical Murakami elements- magical realism, the Beatles, cats and jazz, and abrupt endings without easy resolution.

Hey, Murakami fans! If you are reading this I am assuming you have read a few Murakami books or at least one of them. If you haven't I'd recommend you to read 'Norwegian Wood' and complement it with the song in the background.

“Whether you want to or not. But the place you return to is always slightly different from the place you left. That’s the rule. It can never be exactly the same.”

This book is all about pitifully isolated men, struggling with the loss of women in their lives, coming to terms, with death and heartbreak - some even failing miserably at that.

These aren’t tidy stories in the sense that there is a beginning and an end. There is no ribbon wrapping the tendrils up into a nice big bow. The stories continue beyond what Murakami chooses to share with us. They are succulent, dainty appetizers that remind readers of the abundant feast that awaits us when we open one of his novels.

The stories are thrilling, funny and melancholic — all at the same time.

Be a little patient with it :)

Happy reading!

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