Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes (unabridged)

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Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes (unabridged)

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NA840612

Discs:

8

Release date:

29th May 2006

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9789626344064

Length:

10 hours 30 minutes

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Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes (unabridged)


* The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women

* The Second Bakery Attack

* The Kangaroo Communique

* On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

* Sleep

* The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler’s Invasion of Poland and The Realm of Raging Winds

* Lederhosen

* Barn Buring

* The Little Green Monster

* Family Affair

* A Window

* TV People

* A Slow Boat to China

* The Dancing Dwarf

* The Last Lawn of the Afternoon

* The Silence

* The Elephant Vanishes


Read by Teresa Gallagher, John Chancer, Walter Lewis, Rupert Degas, Tim Flavin, Mark Heenehan, and Jeff Peterson

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A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan’s leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world. Murakami is a cult figure throughout the world with an increasing reputation.

The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women

The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women

I wash up plate and pans while boiling a kettle...

‘Easy’ I say ‘now hold on just one minute.’

I go to the kitchen for that drink of water...

At twelve-thirty I go out shopping as usual...

‘I’m in bed right now,’ the woman says...

A little before two o’ clock...

The homes that sandwich the passage are of two distinct...

I turn around to look behind me, and there, in the yard...

I open the gate and step in, following the girl...

The girl gets up from her deckchair and disappears...

For the time being there isn’t a sound...

I awake to find I’m alone

The Second Bakery Attack

The Second Bakery Attack

‘I once attacked a bakery. Long time ago.’

Of course, it wasn’t true that nothing had happened...

The Second Bakery Attack (continued)

Altogether there were three McDonald’s workers

The Kangaroo Communiqué

The Kangaroo Communiqué

Actually I started to write you a letter...

Still and all, this imperfection business...

Let us now address the topic of sex

Let me say a little more about myself...

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

Now, of course, I know exactly what I should have said...

Sleep

Sleep

In any case, what I have now is nothing like that...

He drives his Sentra out of the condo parking garage...

After I’ve had my swim, I use the rest of my afternoon...

I remember with perfect clarity that first night...

I got out of bed and went into the bathroom

I shook my head. Stop thinking, I told myself

Sleep (continued)

I went back to the sofa and started reading...

While I cleared the table, my husband sat on the sofa...

At ten o’clock, I got into my bed...

And so a week went by

One afternoon I went to the library and read...

Now my inability to sleep ceased to frighten me...

One time I stood and stared at my sleeping husband’s face...

I left the bedroom and went back to the living room...

I’m taking off my pyjamas and putting on jeans...

The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler’s Invasion of Poland (...)

The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler’s Invasion of Poland, And The Realm of Raging Winds

2. The 1881 Indian Uprising

3. Hitler’s Invasion of Poland

4. And the Realm of Raging Winds

Lederhosen

Lederhosen

‘They weren’t really shorts,’ she says

The shop that sold the lederhosen was in a small town...

She – the daughter who’s telling me this story...

Barn Burning

Barn Burning

Barn Burning (continued)

Thereafter I met up with the guy a number of times...

Midway through the feast, having polished off the wine...

‘I’d like to hear about this barn thing,’ I said

I nodded. Just how was I to accept this at face value?

The following day, I went to a bookstore...

The next time I met the guy was in the middle of December...

The Little Green Monster

The Little Green Monster

Of course not, it said to me, cocking its head

Family Affair

Family Affair

Why had her attitude toward me changed so much...

I had started living with my sister five years earlier...

Then she showed me his picture

Finally though, I had no choice but to meet...

The day after the spaghetti argument with my sister...

My sister woke me at eight o'clock on Sunday morning

Family Affair (continued)

When dinner was over, we moved to the living room for coffee

It was after midnight by the time I got home

A Window

A Window

I kept this part-time job going for a year

Hamburger steak. I did actually have the opportunity to eat...

TV People

TV People

There were three of them altogether. They don’t knock...

Everything gets removed from the sideboard to make room...

Curiously, the wife makes no mention of the appearance...

I wake at half past two in the morning to find the TV...

At work, the day is solid with meetings from the morning on

At one of the afternoon meetings, I see TV people again

When I get home from work, the apartment is dark...

I dream about a meeting. I’m standing up...

The two TV people on the screen keep working away

The two TV people in the television continue building...

A Slow Boat to China

A Slow Boat to China

2. There was an elementary school for Chinese up the hill...

It was nearly fifteen minutes later when the procter...

3. The town where I went to high school was a port town...

Where we worked was a tiny, dark, small-time...

When we’d finally danced ourselves out, we left...

It was ten after eleven when she finally got off...

4. Now the story of my third Chinese

His coffee arrived and he drank it slowly

Suddenly there was a click in my head

5. Supposing I found myself chasing another fly ball...

The Dancing Dwarf

The Dancing Dwarf

I woke up alone. Facedown in bed...

My partner and I in the ear shop like the second approach

As soon as the bell rang at quitting time...

The old man went on to tell me how the dwarf had arrived...

I didn’t dream about the dwarf again

The Dancing Dwarf (continued)

That night, the dwarf came into my dream again...

The dwarf used the branch to draw a number of vertical lines...

The dance hall stood by the main factory gate...

We left the dance hall and walked along the river

Now I knew what I had to do

The Last Lawn of the Afternoon

The Last Lawn of the Afternoon

At eighteen or nineteen I mowed lawns...

The whole week went past before it struck me

Clear weather three days in a row, then one day of rain...

I pulled the van to a stop in front of the appointed house...

I went to the van, took out the electric mower, grass clippers...

At twelve-thirty I returned to the lawn

The interior of the house was just as deathly quiet as before

The woman sat her middle-aged bulk down on the bed...

I returned to my chair and lit up a brand-new cigarette

We went back down the same staircase...

The Silence

The Silence

After the first few months, Ozawa’s interest in boxing...

‘In almost every way, Aoki and I were polar opposites.’

‘That afternoon, Aoki didn’t show up in class.’

‘Anyway, during summer vacation a terrible thing happened.’

’Immediately, I knew Aoki was behind this.’

‘My first hint of a reprieve came a month later.’

At that, Ozawa let out a big sigh

The Elephant Vanishes

The Elephant Vanishes

I had had my own private interest in the elephant problem...

On its right rear leg, the elephant wore a solid...

And so a year went by

The mayor had held a news conference...

I met her near the end of September

She was unmarried and so was I

It was no use: I’d have to tell her the story

In fact, I had wondered at the time whether my eyes...

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