Men Without Women

6 CDs. 7:18 hrs. Books on Tape. May 2017. ISBN 9781524721800. $35. digital download. F
Murakami's (Kafka on the Shore) latest short story collection maintains the author's high standard of literary weird fiction. This collection centers on the titular concept, with stories of life after men's relationships have ended in death or divorce, addressing how these men are changed by that disconnection. The author's style takes a variety of forms, from straightforward in a tale of an actor relating his search for answers about his deceased wife to his chauffeur, to magical realism in the tale of a spirit saving a bartender from his own emotional stasis and entropy after he walked in on his wife with another man. Kirby Heyborne is a perfect reader for Murakami's characters, lending just the right cadence and timbre to match the complex and often reserved men of whom he speaks.
VERDICT Another fantastic collection from Murakami, rich with emotion and written with mastery. Highly recommended for fans of literary fiction, Japanese fiction, weird fiction, and domestic fiction and for older male readers.

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