A review by versmonesprit
First Person Singular: Stories, by Haruki Murakami

emotional funny mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A


Strange things happen, from the oneiric to the outright sinister, in First Person Singular; but the stories are also humorous, touching, and sweet — in true Murakami fashion. Perhaps what makes this book all the more interesting is that we get to see Murakami dabble a bit in poetry!

Of the 8 stories in this collection, I really liked most, but my favourite by far was Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova, which I finished in streams of tears. It might well have been the tenderest story I have ever read, written obviously with so much love!

Murakami’s cozy tone was at its peak in The Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection, which read like a quasi-essay, and was full of heartwarming humour.

I will never not recommend Murakami’s stories, they’re always a mixed bag in tone and twists, and that’s what makes his story collections a wonderful surprise each time!