First Person Singular by @harukimurakami_

The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From nostalgic memories of youth, meditations on music and an ardent love of baseball to dreamlike scenarios, an encounter with a talking monkey and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Murakami himself is present. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides.

Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory . . . all with a signature Murakami twist.


SO I’M TELLING a younger friend of mine about a strange incident that took place back when I was eighteen.



(@vintagebooks, 6 April 2021, ebook, 240 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)




I’ve become a rabid fan of the author so was looking forward to devouring this collection of stories. I started to feel apprehensive after I read a few reviews, while not exactly scathing were hardly full of praise. Thankfully, my apprehension was in vain as I really enjoyed this collection. The stories are undeniably Murakami. They are a mixed bag and some for example, With The Beatles work much better than others. The shining light in this book is The Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection, more of a personal essay which really appealed to me. I enjoyed these stories.

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