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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Fortunately, the local council opens a discounted clinic for workers to attend. This story is the definition of a curveball, you think it is a tale about a woman who works as a secretary in a car dealership, only for the story to end with a talking monkey that lives in the sewers. He gave to her the key to something else she had been missing since earliest childhood. 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.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Such are the obvious and manifest dangers of sentient monkeys. His novels strike me as imaginative, charming, and engrossing, whereas his stories often feel gimmicky and shallow to me.

In the end, it is not the fact there is a talking monkey, but what that talking monkey is able to reveal about Mizaki that is the point.

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I don’t get 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.


Does he represent the outcast, or societal outcaste, a byproduct ,onkey the socially stratified societies of Japan and Europe of two hundred years ago? Notify me of new posts via email. Something worthwhile is being orbited in his stories.

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If anyone shibagawa, I’d be interested to hear more about them. These are most unusual name tags. Having spent some time in Japan, I will also add that it is culturally a very different place if I can state shonagawa obvious and therefore the milieu from which these novels gestate, despite the surface of western intelligibility, is also not available in translation.

One would think that is the answer right there. Imaginative, certainly, but lacking in charm and substance. How does Mizuki get her name back? Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: His work has been described as ‘easily accessible, yet profoundly complex’.

Murakami takes this phenomenon to another level, in which monkeys have become like leprechauns or elves, who steal personal items from folks and explain themselves when captured. The caged, controlled habitat, or else the complete isolation of the wild, is where the monkey belongs.

This is why Murakami and I had to break up: This book is hilarious! Maybe he finds the mark in one or more of his seven novels, but I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read them. I started with “Norwegian Wood” first and loved it.

A Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami

Interestingly, I find that while both of the novels I refer to above have somewhat unsatisfying endings, I am much more willing to forgive this deficiency than I am in other books. Trivia About A Shinagawa Monkey.


I will admit that I jonkey all Murakami’s work. He can be located on Facebook at: Mar 23, Iman El-shamekh rated it it was ok. Why not, magical realism Murakami style: Posted by Grendel at 6: Instead, he uses it more to set the mood in what is otherwise a monjey standard coming of age story. When she leaves school for the workaday world, she adds her own name tag to the little box where she stores mementos. Surely this is one most unusual monkey. Some one else, from a different culture, might see immediately that this monkey is here a symbol of thus-and-thus, and that the name tags, like lockets of human hair in still other cultures, have some magical mysterious power to capture the human soul.

Let harm come to that locket of hair, and the human will suffer. What property of a name tag could cause us to forget our own names if we lost our tag? It is a brief enigmatic piece, about 20 minutes reading time, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.

A Shinagawa Monkey

Short Stories A personal Investigation. Because of all this, you yourself have never been able to deeply, unconditionally love anybody else. And this monkey also gave back to Mizuki something much more precious than the name tag.

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