Tuesday 3 January 2012

Birthday Stories by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

Title: Birthday Stories
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2006 (2002)
Pages: 209
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction / Short Stories
Source: Xmas Gift

This is a collection of 12 birthday stories from some of the most distinguished authors of recent years. The stories have been selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami. (Goodreads Synopsis)

So, this book from Haruki Murakami is one in which he plays at being editor rather than writer. It is a delightful collection of short stories that all revolve around the theme of 'birthdays'.

All the stories had something interesting to offer; although, of course I enjoyed some more than others. "The Birthday Cake" and "Close to the Water's Edge" were two I was particularly drawn to.

Murakami's own offering, "Birthday Day" was also an intriguing piece with a sense of the mysterious about it, in true Murakami fashion. Fans of his work will no doubt enjoy this little piece.

I also found his introductions to the different authors very insightful and it was a nice way to preface each story.

Overall this is a great anthology of stories in a wide variety of writing styles and is well worth dipping in to.

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