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Birthday Stories. Home · Birthday Stories Author: Murakami Haruki The Birthday of the World- And Other Stories · Read more. Birthday girl. By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator). Download Pdf She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked on . "Birthday Girl" is a short story written by Haruki Murakami. (For downloadable pdf version, click here: Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami).


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Birthday Stories. View PDF. book | Japan → Chuokoron-shinsha, Inc In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the. Birthday Stories book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This is a collection of 12 birthday stories from some of the most. In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers of recent years, each with their own birthday.

There was no answer. She stood in place for a good twenty seconds.

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He had on a dark suit and a necktie. The manager suddenly took sick. I had to take his place today. Your meal, sir. He went to the hospital. She cleared her throat again.

If I wish?

What a strange way to put it. What am I supposed to wish? The old man opened the door the rest of the way, and she wheeled the cart inside. The old man pointed to the plastic laminate coffee table in front of the sofa. On the cart. In an hour. If you wish. Yes, she replied inwardly, for the moment that is exactly what I wish. They were small and chic.

He was so polite in his request that it made her blush. He was paying her by the hour. Well, then, happy birthday. The old man slipped the cork from the bottle and dribbled a little wine into his glass for her. May there be nothing to cast dark shadows on it: The old man sat down in the leather chair by his desk and motioned her to the sofa. She saw raindrops tracing lines down the windowpane. A special birthday calls for a special commemorative gift.

The old man raised both hands, palms toward her. That is the kind of birthday present I can give you. She was at a loss for words. One wish? As long as she remained silent, the old man looked into her eyes, saying nothing. Instead of answering her question, the old man—hands still side-by-side on the desk—just smiled.

She was not the sort of person to invent some goofy story out of thin air. She went on looking at me for a while, then released a tiny sigh. If this was his idea of a joke, though, I had to hand it to him for coming up with it on the spot. He was a dapper old fellow with a twinkle in his eye, so I decided to play along with him. I figured I ought to have something not so ordinary happen to me that day. I nodded again. The old man kept his gaze fixed on her, saying nothing, hands still on the desk.

Lying among them, his small hands looked like another set of desktop furnishings. She took some moments to search for the right words. They might be more than I could handle. The old man suddenly fixed his eyes on a spot in the air. The wrinkles of his forehead deepened: Your wish has been granted, lovely miss.

Happy birthday. She took the elevator down to the restaurant. She gave him an ambiguous smile and shook her head. An hour later she went to bring the cart down. It was out in the hall, utensils in place.

The wine bottle and coffee carafe were empty. The chef looked at the plate, empty as always, and nodded blankly. She toyed with a paper coaster, thinking her own thoughts.

What happened to me in there really happened, and it had an important meaning for me too. The two of us kept silent for a time, drinking our drinks and thinking our separate thoughts. She put the coaster down and narrowed her eyes as though staring at something off in the distance. I still have a lot of living left to do, probably. Time is going to play an important role.

A few moments of silence followed. The eyes she turned on me seemed to lack any depth. We have an Irish setter. I drive an Audi, and I play tennis with my girlfriends twice a week. She laughed aloud, with a real show of pleasure, and the shadow was gone.

She rested her elbow on the bar and looked at me. Filed under food for thought.

Birthdays and the art of time travel Martin Summerfield. Murakami for Beginners: My Take on Birthday Girl — justaplatypus. Anyway, this idea of birthdays being special—selectively rather than generally—stuck with Haruki Murakami and presented itself with certain ramifications.

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A regular at this bar, the guy asks the owner who the old lady is and what the occasion is. And the poignant scenes that follow appeal to the deepest of our youthful memories and emotions. Murakami also includes a Raymond Carver story in this book: It is a stark portrait of a tragic and sardonic twist of fate as only Carver can paint it. Contentious baked goods also appear in The Birthday Cake, by Daniel Lyons, in which a bitter, cantankerous old woman refuses to give in to her better instincts and change a sad reality for a single mother and her child, simply by, once in her life, foregoing a set and hollow tradition.

In Angel of Mercy, Angel of Wrath, Ethan Canin weaves a strange tale of a woman who ends up celebrating her birthday with a lady from the SPCA and a flock of rare blackbirds that fly into her apartment through an open window. A similar story but in reverse is A Game of Dice, by Paul Theroux, in which a gambler gives his wife a buff young surfer for her fortieth birthday.

In her simple, cogent style, Claire Keegan shares an introspective birthday moment in the life of a nineteen-year-old boy who decides to take a nocturnal dip in the ocean to celebrate his day. Whether your birthday is today or some other of the ever-special days of the year, I wish you a very happy one, and many more to come.

My ex roommate's ex boyfriend had gifted this book to her on one of her birthdays. When they broke up she left it here for me.

It's much later that i realized that it was a collection edited by Murakami and not completely written by him. There are some good stories in the collection. I plan to look the author up and read more by him. Some style that i liked which seemed cinematic to me, in the way words were put, 'You'd think the sky didn't have any air My ex roommate's ex boyfriend had gifted this book to her on one of her birthdays. Some style that i liked which seemed cinematic to me, in the way words were put, 'You'd think the sky didn't have any air in it, and the earth was made of paper.

Rather than moving, we were just getting smaller and smaller' 'Turning' by Lynda Sexson was another story i found cinematic throughout. Another description i liked, 'They turned their heads from side to side examining the boy, like birds who have an eye to each hemisphere'.

Look at this description of the boy's ascent to the diving board. It's windier the higher you get. The wind is thin; through the shadow it's cold on your wet skin. On the ladder in the shadow your skin looks very white. The wind makes a thin whistle in your ears. Four more rungs to the top of the tower. The rungs hurt your feet. They are thin and let you know just how much you weigh. You have real weight on the ladder. The ground wants you back'. This is just one instance where he has successfully excited the readers as though in a crime thriller.

I was particularly drawn to the author when i realized he was a doctor by profession. May be that is why he is clinical in his storytelling. The bitterness of the old woman and the big black birds in her kitchen is an amazing combination he has employed in his craft.

I did not like Andrea Lee's story at all. What i didn't like more than that was the way she was introduced by Murakami. Why this sort of distinction for a female author? Murakami writes, 'The quick outline of Lee's career itself is itself enough to elicit a sigh, but in addition she is a woman of remarkable beauty. I myself was fortunate enough to meet her I think i can understand why one critic has written, "She may be one of the only writers whose actual life might be more interesting than the fictional ones she creates for her characters".

This is just pathetic. Murakami really needs to grow up and understand that women writers are not exotic creatures but people like himself. It has the same theme of the 'helplessness of the educated boy who doesn't understand his mother's love for money'. I find such themes really boring. Daniel Lyons' 'The Birthday Cake' features in the collection in its shorter version. I had read the longer version earlier and on comparison find that better. Both the stories are great reads though.

To wind up, i did not like Murakami's 'Birthday Girl'.

Too contrived for my taste. The book is not a great collection either. Strange birthday stories - most of them more dark and gloomy than you'd expect. But all of them leave you feeling like just did not get enough closure, which I think is the aim of this anthology.

Makes you feel grateful for your ordinary birthday, somehow. Mar 21, Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan rated it liked it. This is a collection of stories, selected by Haruki Murakami, each one of them revolving around birthdays. Knowing the theme of the anthology, you would expect this to be a cheery, feel-good read. But nope.

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Almost all the stories have a certain melancholy about them, a feeling of loss, and loneliness, leading you to deeply contemplate. Some of them leave you feeling strangely haunted.

I don't think this book will be enjoyed by everyone. But it did appeal to my introverted self, and I found myself This is a collection of stories, selected by Haruki Murakami, each one of them revolving around birthdays.

But it did appeal to my introverted self, and I found myself eagerly devouring the stories. Indeed, those were the stories I least enjoyed. As Murakami stated in his introduction, the world created by William Trevor is often an exact reflection of his native Ireland's overcast skies- dark, leaden, and doomed. And that's exactly how I found Timothy's Birthday. It's the story of a young man who simply won't go home for his birthday lunch. I could picture his old parents, Odo and Charlotte, waiting for him at their dining table, the special birthday lunch spread on the table, counting the hours go by and wondering when Timothy would finally arrive.

Hauntingly beautiful. Daniel Lyons' The Birthday Cake is the story of a grumpy old woman who will not allow another lady to buy the last cake at the bakery for her daughter's birthday. As I read the story, I fumed, wondering how someone could be so cold-hearted and selfish. And then I reached the end, where the reason for her selfishness is revealed. It almost broke my heart.

Here's a line from the latter which I particularly liked: No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. This is one of a number of Murakami books I bought in one go and this being my third Murakami read, I can say it's the most disappointing up till now. I feel Murakami was infatuated with the concept, that being an anthology of shorts that revolve around birthdays, and somewhere along the way was more obsessed to finish it than make a good anthology.

Not all concept good on paper do well beyond. Though it's a nice idea, the majority of the stories were a bit bland and tasteless. I found myself for This is one of a number of Murakami books I bought in one go and this being my third Murakami read, I can say it's the most disappointing up till now.

I found myself force-reading throughout the whole book just to finish it off. Having said that, I'd say "Birthday Girl" was by far the best short. I would have enjoyed reading it even as a single piece. Sep 03, Kitanov rated it it was ok Shelves: Really disturbing and hard to read stories.

I didn't like a single one, they're so confused and not understandable. I adore Murakami, he's one on my favorite novelists these days but this collected stories aren't the cup of my tea and I must rate this book with two stars.

My favorite short story anthology. Nov 21, muku rated it really liked it. Birthday stories is a collection of short stories. The stories have been selected by Haruki Murakami that have been written by various authors. These stories revolve around birthdays, still each story feels different.

Haruki Murakami's 'The Birthday Girl' is about a girl who made a wish when she was twenty, working her shift in a restaurant. This collection of short stories Birthday stories is a collection of short stories. This collection of short stories will keep you hooked and reading till the last page.

Birthday Stories is a collection of twelve birthday stories from the writers of Western literature. Each story left you thinking, birthdays are more than just a mere celebration, sometimes not at all. A couple of them were pretty good but some were just okay. But overall, it was not my cup of tea - you could just read it but after you finished, there would be no lingering feeling - it just stop.

Actual rating: An amazing collection of short stories. True to Murakami's style, most of these are centered around the loneliness people feel at different stages of their lives - whether it's an old couple whose son doesn't come to celebrate his birthday with him anymore, or a young adult who feels alienated from his divorced mother, or a demented lady finding companionship with the birds who flew into her apartment. Curated from some of the more prominent writers, Murakami writes a short introduction before e An amazing collection of short stories.

Curated from some of the more prominent writers, Murakami writes a short introduction before each story to tell what the author and sometimes, a little bit of the story is about. The book ends with a story by Murakami himself, which I found a bit underwhelming, although very characteristic of him. All in all, the stories are delightful and I had a great time reading them. That's all. Sep 01, LJ the. I enjoyed some of the stories in the book while others left me uncertain about how I feel.

I particularly liked two of them. Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami himself is good too.

The book started on a good and heartwarming note with Murakami's introduction. His notes on his own birthday made me think about my own birthday, and maybe that was the point on why Murakami decides to made a collection of birthday themed short stories, he wanted the reader to reflect on their own birthdays. His introduction felt close to my heart, it was very personal especially for me who have never read any of his works apart from his fictional works, it's like getting a new glimpse of Muraka The book started on a good and heartwarming note with Murakami's introduction.

His introduction felt close to my heart, it was very personal especially for me who have never read any of his works apart from his fictional works, it's like getting a new glimpse of Murakami. On that note, I have high hopes on his selections. Too be honest, some of the stories were sweet, although you can still taste the bitter sadness behind it all, but most are just downright weird and felt too pretentious. But I can't really complain about it, I don't even know a single author that were featured in this book before I picked this book up, safe to say I obviously don't know what I was bargaining into when I start these collection of short stories.

On hindsight, I think Murakami was very spot on when he said that most of the stories are rarely happy, if not downright dark. It made me wonder about my previous birthdays also; although I always see my birthdays as the days worth celebrating although by myself , it was rarely anything happy or warm. Why is it so? Murakami wonders about that, and, now, I wonder the same. But, this is where Murakami's own short story came into the picture as the closing story of the book.

His short story was not necessarily happy, but it was definitely not dark nor sad. I think the story itself was more about being reflexive of one own's previous birthday, and the ominous ending obviously was a nice touch to end this book. I actually got this book as a birthday gift from RAM on my 27th birthday last year, and I genuinely think this book is such a great gift for someone who would rather spend their birthday reading with a nice glass of their chosen drinks. But, maybe not for someone who can't really take some of the dark theme on the stories.

Jan 09, Rich Gamble rated it liked it Shelves: Birthday stories is a somewhat hit and miss.

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The previously mentioned authors were highlights for me along with new discoveries Andrea Lee and Russell Banks. The rest were ok with some rather disappointing. I really enjoyed Mura Birthday stories is a somewhat hit and miss. Aug 05, Rikke rated it really liked it Shelves: A collection of short stories with one theme in common: The collection is dipped in a sea of melancholia and sadness, as birthdays are often associated with reflections and a profound outlook on the life that has passed by.

People find themselves longing for closure, for hope, and for something more than they ever got.

My favorite story was perhaps the first one in the collection. I also adored 'Birthday Present' by Andrea Lee which is a beautiful tale of decay and of powerbalance in a complicated marriage.

It is so perfectly lovely and complex, that I'm considering using it for a class that I'm teaching.

What I like most of all is how minimalistic the writing is; even though the stories are widely different, they each sound alike and come together in a beautiful unision. Recommended to Ranee by: This is the first of the Murakami book I have read. It is not really his own book,he just introduced it. A bunch of great writers happened to have a short story made with a theme on birthdays and they sort of wanted to compile it.

Though this is not wholly authored by Murakami,this was the book that made me so curious to find him and read him and it all too funny, it wasn't my birthday when I bought this book, at least not for the next 10 months!

So what about birthdays? What makes them special? If you find yourself in a dilemma regarding the true meaning of birthdays especially your own, I recommend that you go ask your parents or better find a cosmic link using a numerology chart of some sort. However, if you seriously would want to have a good read and want to have an adventure with the absurd, sometimes hilarious with the right amount of sarcasm and pride, this book might give you that.

View 1 comment. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. Short Stories. About Haruki Murakami. Haruki Murakami.The chef looked at the plate, empty as always, and nodded blankly. True to Murakami's style, most of these are centered around the loneliness people feel at different stages of their lives - whether it's an old couple whose son doesn't come to celebrate his birthday with him anymore, or a young adult who feels alienated from his divorced mother, or a demented lady finding companionship with the birds who flew into her apartment.

Your meal, sir. Murakami's story at the end, "Birthday Girl", about a waitress who gets to make a wish on her 20th birthday was one of the stories that I enjoyed. Strange birthday stories - most of them more dark and gloomy than you'd expect. Retrieved

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