The Inquiring Reader
Reviews, critiques, and thoughts

Haruki Murakami

  • Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey

    In rural Japan, a traveler comes across a rundown inn where a talking monkey works. The traveler is curious about his life, and the monkey confesses he only loves human females. To satisfy his hopeless desires, the monkey steals women's names.

  • With the Beatles

    Memories shift and change over time. Our relationships are defined by the sensations that stick out from all the others – the fluttering of our hearts for the first time, the music that plays on the radio. As old age comes for all of us, how will we remember our past?

  • Killing Commendatore

    After an unexpected divorce with his wife, the narrator moves into his friend's mountain home to get away from the city. He quits his mundane job as a portrait painter and decides to pursue his own artistic passions. He soon comes across a powerful painting in the attic of the house that kicks off a mysterious series of events.