- Author: Haruki Murakami | Hardcover : 240 pages | ISBN-13 : 978-0451494627
Recently I had a discussion with a friend about female dress codes, make-ups and every other thing that men complain about women. We had this discussion after an article that went viral on social medias talking about high school girls uniforms.
So I met this friend of mine on a queu waiting for a bus when we started arguing. In my humble opinion I told him that women have a choice to wear whatever they want; as for him he argued that before wearing whatever you want you should take into consideration the social culture of where you are. So our argument was based on what is meant by social culture and what does it have to do with women dress code.
On my way home I asked myself how could have been the world if there were no women. Maybe there wouldn’t be gossips, no rape cases, no lies; no hatred and you know what maybe Adam would still be in Eden. I couldn’t keep on drawing that image in my mind so I asked Mr I-know-it-all aka Google and that’s how this book came about.
Men. Without. Women.
I was so excited to finally find a book that answers my questions. But it didn’t. Unfortunately. However, it answered my unasked questions. So this post is a review or summary or something about how I found this book.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
The first story entitled “drive my car” is about Kafuku, who hired a strange, ugly young girl named Misaki to be his chauffeur. Kafuku’s wife has died of avarian cancer and while on a drive Kafuku recounts his life with her to Misaki. In this story, the author shows that sometimes women have other reasons to cheat on their husbands other than hurting them. Personal reasons. And men ought to understand this.
In the next story “an independent organ” , Tanimura tells of a time in his life when he regularly played squash with Dr. Tokai, a fifty-two year old cosmetic surgeon and bachelor who has never lived long-term or fallen in love with a woman. Instead, he dates married or committed women as he does not want to enter into a serious relationship with anyone. However, for the past eighteen months, he has developed feelings for a thirty-six year old married mother and asks Tanimura for advice. During their conversation, Tokai mentions how he is struggling with the question, “Who in the world am I?” Later on Tanimura learns that Tokai has given up on life after the woman Tokai loves abandoned both him and her husband for a third lover. Tokai, lovesick and heartbroken, condemns himself to a slow death by anorexia.
In this story the author emphasizes that women have an independent organ that allows them to lie with a clear conscience and while men lie and it is okay, when women lie it is not okay.
Another story that was thoughtful is entitled “Kino”. It is Kino’s story who after finding his wife cheating with his colleague, divorces and opens up a bar. In this story the author shows how men pick pick any woman they meet after a break-up and also how they live in total apathy after.
The last story sums it all. Long story made short the loss of one woman means the loss of all women
“Men Without Women” is a period of sudden and intense misery after a man learns of the death of a beloved woman.
I rate this book 4⭐, the remaining ⭐is for its stories ending mysteriously.