A collection of five short stories by a renowned Japanese contemporary weiter Haruki Murakami. A very thin book with merely over 100 pages, yet it is enjoyable to read. On seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning is truly an immaculate piece with such poise. Birthday Girl and Samsa in Love are equally brilliant with his usual touches of eloquent proses.
The other two stories—the Second Bakery Attack and A folklore for My Generation: A Prehistory of Late-Stage Capitalism—are wonderful read, as well. Personally, the Second Bakery Attack was quite a vague one but it seemed as natural as a Murakami’s novel. A Folklore of My Generation is a splendid one. It’s a perfectly balanced mixture of psychology and how one stands for his/her value in life with a dash of human nature sprinkled on top. I just love it.