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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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 sihnagawa than I am in other books.

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He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Monkej and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences. 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. NW sounds similar to this story, in that the magic part is kind of background.

Dec 05, Joshua Delos reyes rated it really liked it. Why, specifically, a sentient, feeling, highly articulate monkey? Still, the talking monkey seems to be a better psychologist than the counsellor the woman sees every Wednesday. Does the sentient monkey symbolize all those who admire us, who perhaps want to emulate us, whom we in turn are generally encouraged to despise and ignore?

E a r t h G o a t: “A Shinagawa Monkey” by Haruki Murakami

Oct 25, Miriam rated it really liked it Shelves: And this is the only method I know, too. This monkey did turn out w be a rather nice monkey.

Nov 06, Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amin Nkhi rated it it was ok Sep 28, Still, though, there was something about it, having to do with the deadpan treatment of impossible events, that I found appealing. He can be located on Facebook at: I tend to like Murakami’s novels but almost always and perhaps actually always dislike his short stories.


I liked the story, though I was certainly not ready for the direction it went in. Why a monkey, at all? You wouldn’t have to change much for this to be an episode of “Columbo” or “Scooby Doo.

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His novels strike me as imaginative, charming, and engrossing, whereas his stories often feel gimmicky and shallow to me. Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko. Instead, he shingaawa it more to set the mood in what is otherwise a pretty standard coming of age story.

A Shinagawa Monkey

I don’t get it. Posted by Grendel at 6: You are commenting using your Twitter account. Surely this is one most unusual monkey. His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Shiinagawa Woodworks.

So what does he mean? I’ve considered in the past making this a full post–writers who elicit an Emperor’s New Clothes feeling in others–but this is easier. Humans arrive to briefly inspect a given monkey habitat in monkeey cages and monkey islands of the zoos of the world. Does he represent the outcast, or societal outcaste, a byproduct of the socially stratified societies of Japan and Europe of two hundred years ago?

Open Preview See a Problem? What is important is not that a monkey is stealing name tags, but that a woman comes to the root of her problem — that she was not loved and consequently that she does not love. In fact, it ends like a cliche detective story, with the seized culprit confessing, asking for mercy, a good cop and bad cop literally hitting his own palm softly with a nightstick standing by, and the innocent but likeable victim getting to press the perp for details and tie up all the loose shinaagwa.

I’ve only read a couple of his novels and not Wind-Up Bird Shinxgawa which many say is his bestbut of the ones I’ve read, Norwegian Wood is excellent in that Murakami doesn’t let his wacky surrealism take center stage. Jude Brigley rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Yuko is very troubled with questions about jealousy, an emotion Mizuki has never really thought about and for which Mizuki can offer Yuko no answers.


One always hopes that what’s valuable in a work of literature will transcend its place of birth; but when I read “emperor’s new clothes” critiques, I am compelled to wonder if it’s a lazy writer or a lazy reader.

I will admit that I read all Murakami’s work. The charm that SER is talking about–and many others feel–is just absent for me. Notify me of new comments via email.

Haruki Murakami for life! To me, Murakami is a very good writer who hasn’t found the perfect vehicle for his talent yet. The monkeys, a species of macaque, are one of the most common wild mammals in Japan.

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As the article states, Monkeys have long been a problem in rural Japan, where they damage crops, swipe food from grocery stalls and even bite humans.

I started with “Norwegian Wood” first and loved it.

No one can tell. Imaginative, certainly, but lacking in charm and substance. If anyone has, I’d be interested to hear more about them.

Sakaki is her councillor who asks her to think of anything in her past to do with a name. Notify me of new posts via email. This book is hilarious! At the end of the day we leave them to sling feces at the tourists, while we are free to leave and wander off, reinvigorated with smiling appreciation for what a difference there is between humans and those mere monkeys.

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