With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels **A Wild Sheep Chase** and **Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World**, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.
By turns haunting and hilarious, **The Elephant Vanishes** is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities — and to come back bearing treasure.
Strange as it may sound coming from my own mouth, I find I’m really very capable when it comes to carrying out immediate tasks around the office like that. I catch on quickly, operate methodically, think practically, don’t complain.