The Elephant Vanishes, Hauruki Murakami

A compiled list of books I’ve read while serving in Zambia can be viewed here.

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Book: The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami

Finished: 10/11/15

Review: An assault on what we consider “ordinary life.” A handful or two of stories about “ordinary people” living “ordinary lives.” Or so you think. Insomnia, green monsters, little people, dancing drawfs, elephants, and McDonald’s all make appearances.


“The best thing to do with a hypothesis is to let it run any course it pleases.” (p. 100)

“True, luck may rule over parts of a person’s life and luck may cast patches of shadow across the ground of our being, but where there’s a will … there’s a way to overcome any trouble with whatever stepladders you have around.” (p.121)

“Something will work out tomorrow, I thought. And if not, then tomorrow I’ll do some thinking. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on.” (p.183)

“You have to make an effort to always look at the good side, always think about the good things. Then you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. If something bad comes up, you do more thinking at that point.” (p.184)


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