Samsa in Love, by Haruki Murakami
I finished this short story in about 15 minutes and it had an uplifting effect. I’d suggest to either go into it blind or, if you’ve read Kafka’s Methamorphosis, you’ll already know what it’s about after the first line. This basically turns Kafka’s premise upside down, as here we have a cockroach that turns into a man. Every word of this story has a deeper significance, every line is meaningful.
Rating: 3/5 stars (I liked it)
UFO in Kushiro, by Hamuki Murakami
This little one was written just in the aftermath of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. It follows a man whose wife gets up and leaves him without much explanation. It’s so short I shouldn’t say more. Compared to Samsa in Love, it doesn’t really have any tied ends. It only opens up questions and dives a bit into an interesting character who’s very similar to other Murakami leads: passive, detached, making decisions that are usually explained in depth in a novel, but here the short space of the story doesn’t really allow for much detail.
It was on the edge of town, on a strange street where love hotels alternated with gravestone dealers – Haruki Murakami, UFO in Kushiro
I’m not sure why, but this was my favourite line of the story. It might be that love and death are deeply interconnected, but we don’t think of them that way as often as we should.
Rating: 2.5/5 (Too many unanswered questions)
I’m taking it slow for now and preparing to dive into some more short stories, I love the pace of taking it easy and really thinking about what I’ve read. Happy readathon!