There is a delightful short story in the current New Yorker (Feb 13 & 20, ) called “A Shinagawa Monkey”, by Haruki Murakami. It is a brief enigmatic piece. Buy a cheap copy of A Shinagawa Monkey book by Haruki Murakami. ISBN: [Japanese Import] Free shipping over $ A SHINAGAWA MONKEY. BY HARUKI MURAKAMI. Che sometimes had trouble remem- birthday, and passport number were no didn’t explain how they could.

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Jude Brigley rated it it was amazing Aug 13, One would think that is the answer right there. Sep 22, Sho rated it really liked it Shelves: You are shiinagawa using your Facebook account.

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You konkey have to change much for this to be an episode of “Columbo” or “Scooby Doo. Does the sentient monkey symbolize all those who admire us, who perhaps want to emulate us, whom we in turn are generally encouraged to despise and ignore? Mizaki remembers a time back at high school where a girl asked Mizaki to look after her nametag when she went back home to attend the funeral of a relative. Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse ‘Peter Cat’ which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.

This is by no means an easy task to bring out in any story without sounding like Rod McKuen who apparently wrote his own Wikipedia entry –check it out.


A Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami

Murakami’s mastery of magical realism displays itself brilliantly in this short story. Where the unreality is there to make for an interesting story and also to heighten and examine the issues of the characters.

Dec 05, Joshua Delos reyes rated it really jonkey it. He may not be the most consistent writer, but it is obvious, and clear, that he is a great one.

This book is hilarious! Mar 25, Pamela rated it liked it. Here, as in real life, we have to decide for ourselves when it is really appropriate to risk exposing our identities to all those others.

He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences. Posted by Grendel at 6: I really should re-read this short stories collection someday. Why has he stolen the tags, and what is done when he is detected?

Email required Address never made public. Having spent some time in Japan, I will also add that it is culturally a very different place if I can state the obvious and therefore the milieu from which these novels gestate, despite the surface of western intelligibility, is also not available in translation.

But this seems to be the case. Murakami takes this phenomenon to another level, in which monkeys have become like leprechauns or elves, who steal shinagaww items from folks and explain themselves when captured.


A Shinagawa Monkey

Amin Nkhi rated it it was ok Sep 28, Mulia Khatanbaatar rated it it was amazing Oct 25, What property money a name tag could cause us to forget our own names if we lost our tag? Return to Book Page. And I guess the story still is.

No one can tell. Humans arrive to briefly inspect a given monkey habitat in the cages and monkey islands of the zoos of the world. Surely this is one most unusual monkey. Every book I have read since then of his hasn’t been as good, to me at least, but they have all captivated me. Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature.

How does Mizuki get her name back? I shimagawa it’s because their imaginativeness and charm still outweighs the diappointing endings in my mind, and I find that I still think of them very fondly, even though the endings didn’t live up to what preceded them.

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