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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A Shinagawa Monkey

What property of a name tag could cause us to forget our own names if we lost our tag? If the monkey is a symbol of exclusion, is he a symbol of those rejected at the personal level, or the societal — or both? Surely this is one most unusual monkey.

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I tend to like Murakami’s novels but almost always and perhaps actually always dislike his short stories. She almost never knew why. Shinagaw Post Older Post Home.

This defensive stance has become part of who you are. Why, specifically, a sentient, feeling, highly articulate monkey? Oct 25, Miriam rated it really liked it Shelves: Sbinagawa story departs from the expected and ordinary with the discovery that a monkey has stolen the name tags.

A Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami

The monkeys, a species of macaque, are one of the most common wild mammals in Japan. Even though I like his novels esp. However, there was no relative and the girl kills herself in the woods. Because of all this, you yourself have never been able to deeply, unconditionally love anybody else. Farzaneh rated it really liked it Dec 26, Having spent some time in Japan, I will also add that it is culturally a very different place if I can state the obvious and therefore the milieu from which these novels gestate, despite the surface ehinagawa western intelligibility, is also not available in translation.


Why a monkey, at all? 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. 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.

A sentient monkey is a monkey of a different color. 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? It started like a slice of life story, about a downtrodden lower middle class woman going through life in Toyko.

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. Email required Address never made public.


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Shinagawa Monkey

What do they mean? Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Instead, he uses it more to set the mood in what is otherwise a pretty standard coming of age story. Monkeys are a frequent visitor in Minkey proverbs: That seemed to capture it for me.

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I’ve given him many more chances than I give most writers because so many people whom I minkey like him so much. I will admit that I read all Murakami’s work. Published February 13th by The New Yorker first published Ondina rated it liked it Aug 15, This is why Murakami and I had to break up: