Just finished reading an early collection of Haruki Murakami short stories, The Elephant Vanishes.
The volume begins with the story that would eventually become the opening chapter of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (worth rereading, certainly) and a bouquet of his most riveting miniatures. My favourites included the darkly exuberant Sleep, The Dancing Dwarf, Slow Boat to China (actually gasped aloud in that one; so poignant), and the eponymous title track.
I’m really relishing this Murakami immersion.
Making my way chronologically now through the rest. next up is South of the Border, West of the Sun.