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MURAKAMI: The Elephant Vanishes

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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.
Item number NA840612
Barcode 9789626344064
Release date 01/05/2006
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Media type CD
Number of units 8
Artists Rupert Degas
Teresa Gallagher
Jeff Peterson
John Chancer
Mark Heenehan
Tim Flavin
Walter Lewis
Composers Haruki Murakami
Disc: 1
The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women
1 The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women
2 I wash up plate and pans while boiling a kettle...
3 ‘Easy’ I say ‘now hold on just one minute.’
4 I go to the kitchen for that drink of water...
5 At twelve-thirty I go out shopping as usual...
6 ‘I’m in bed right now,’ the woman says...
7 A little before two o’ clock...
8 The homes that sandwich the passage are of two dis
9 I turn around to look behind me, and there, in the
10 I open the gate and step in, following the girl...
11 The girl gets up from her deckchair and disappears
12 For the time being there isn’t a sound...
13 I awake to find I’m alone
14 The Second Bakery Attack
15 ‘I once attacked a bakery. Long time ago.’
16 Of course, it wasn’t true that nothing had happene
Disc: 2
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Apri
1 The Second Bakery Attack (continued)
2 Altogether there were three McDonald’s workers
3 The Kangaroo Communiqué
4 Actually I started to write you a letter...
5 Still and all, this imperfection business...
6 Let us now address the topic of sex
7 Let me say a little more about myself...
8 On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Apri
9 Now, of course, I know exactly what I should have
10 Sleep
11 In any case, what I have now is nothing like that.
12 He drives his Sentra out of the condo parking gara
13 After I’ve had my swim, I use the rest of my after
14 I remember with perfect clarity that first night..
15 I got out of bed and went into the bathroom
16 I shook my head. Stop thinking, I told myself
Disc: 3
1 Sleep (continued)
2 I went back to the sofa and started reading...
3 While I cleared the table, my husband sat on the s
4 At ten o’clock, I got into my bed...
5 And so a week went by
6 One afternoon I went to the library and read...
7 Now my inability to sleep ceased to frighten me...
8 One time I stood and stared at my sleeping husband
9 I left the bedroom and went back to the living roo
10 I’m taking off my pyjamas and putting on jeans...
11 The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Upri
12 2. The 1881 Indian Uprising
13 3. Hitler’s Invasion of Poland
14 4. And the Realm of Raging Winds
15 Lederhosen
16 ‘They weren’t really shorts,’ she says
17 The shop that sold the lederhosen was in a small t
18 She – the daughter who’s telling me this story...
19 Barn Burning
Disc: 4
The Little Green Monster
1 Barn Burning (continued)
2 Thereafter I met up with the guy a number of times
3 Midway through the feast, having polished off the
4 ‘I’d like to hear about this barn thing,’ I said
5 I nodded. Just how was I to accept this at face va
6 The following day, I went to a bookstore...
7 The next time I met the guy was in the middle of D
8 The Little Green Monster
9 Of course not, it said to me, cocking its head
10 Family Affair
11 Why had her attitude toward me changed so much...
12 I had started living with my sister five years ear
13 Then she showed me his picture
14 Finally though, I had no choice but to meet...
15 The day after the spaghetti argument with my siste
16 My sister woke me at eight o'clock on Sunday morni
Disc: 5
TV People
1 Family Affair (continued)
2 When dinner was over, we moved to the living room
3 It was after midnight by the time I got home
4 A Window
5 I kept this part-time job going for a year
6 Hamburger steak. I did actually have the opportuni
7 TV People
8 There were three of them altogether. They don’t kn
9 Everything gets removed from the sideboard to make
10 Curiously, the wife makes no mention of the appear
11 I wake at half past two in the morning to find the
12 At work, the day is solid with meetings from the m
13 At one of the afternoon meetings, I see TV people
14 When I get home from work, the apartment is dark..
15 I dream about a meeting. I’m standing up...
16 The two TV people on the screen keep working away
17 The two TV people in the television continue build
Disc: 6
A Slow Boat to China
1 A Slow Boat to China
2 2. There was an elementary school for Chinese up t
3 It was nearly fifteen minutes later when the proct
4 3. The town where I went to high school was a port
5 Where we worked was a tiny, dark, small-time...
6 When we’d finally danced ourselves out, we left...
7 It was ten after eleven when she finally got off..
8 4. Now the story of my third Chinese
9 His coffee arrived and he drank it slowly
10 Suddenly there was a click in my head
11 5. Supposing I found myself chasing another fly ba
12 The Dancing Dwarf
13 I woke up alone. Facedown in bed...
14 My partner and I in the ear shop like the second a
15 As soon as the bell rang at quitting time...
16 The old man went on to tell me how the dwarf had a
17 I didn’t dream about the dwarf again
Disc: 7
The Last Lawn of the Afternoon
1 The Dancing Dwarf (continued)
2 That night, the dwarf came into my dream again...
3 The dwarf used the branch to draw a number of vert
4 The dance hall stood by the main factory gate...
5 We left the dance hall and walked along the river
6 Now I knew what I had to do
7 The Last Lawn of the Afternoon
8 At eighteen or nineteen I mowed lawns...
9 The whole week went past before it struck me
10 Clear weather three days in a row, then one day of
11 I pulled the van to a stop in front of the appoint
12 I went to the van, took out the electric mower, gr
13 At twelve-thirty I returned to the lawn
14 The interior of the house was just as deathly quie
15 The woman sat her middle-aged bulk down on the bed
16 I returned to my chair and lit up a brand-new ciga
17 We went back down the same staircase...
Disc: 8
The Elephant Vanishes
1 The Silence
2 After the first few months, Ozawa’s interest in bo
3 ‘In almost every way, Aoki and I were polar opposi
4 ‘That afternoon, Aoki didn’t show up in class.’
5 ‘Anyway, during summer vacation a terrible thing h
6 ’Immediately, I knew Aoki was behind this.’
7 ‘My first hint of a reprieve came a month later.’
8 At that, Ozawa let out a big sigh
9 The Elephant Vanishes
10 I had had my own private interest in the elephant
11 On its right rear leg, the elephant wore a solid..
12 And so a year went by
13 The mayor had held a news conference...
14 I met her near the end of September
15 She was unmarried and so was I
16 It was no use: I’d have to tell her the story
17 In fact, I had wondered at the time whether my eye
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