Title: On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publication Date: 1981
Number of Pages: 4
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Cultural, Romance
One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.
Review written on April 22, 2015
My brother suggested I read this short story by a really good Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. It wasn’t until today that I’ve got the free time to read it. It’s been the first time in so many years (I think) that I’ve read a short story like this.
It was a really nice short story. I personally loved it. A lot of you might not know, but I am the kind of person who somewhat loves to read about sad stories. I can’t really explain why, but I just get attracted to stories with sad endings. Maybe it’s just that I’ve encountered so many sad endings in my life at this age that I can totally relate to them.
This story of Haruki Murakami’s isn’t really the kind of sad story where you’ll bawl your eyes out at crying after you finish reading it. It’s just the kind where you’ll feel a pang of pain in your heart, just a little sting that makes you think of how it would’ve been if the story had a different ending, or has ended happily.
It was really just a simple short story but Haruki, in a way, has managed to leave a mark with just a few paragraphs. To be honest, I really haven’t read any of his books. Not that I don’t really like his books, in fact, whenever I go to the bookstore, I am always attracted to all his books. But all of them are so expensive! Once, I came to the bookstore, ready to buy his book Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was already out of stock. I didn’t bother buying another title of his books since I promised myself since the day I heard about Haruki Murakami, that the first book I will ever read of his would be the one that really appealed to me and that was Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So I’m hoping that the next time I drop by the bookstore, it’ll be available already! This short story made me want to start reading him already. It was really love at first read.