TV People by Haruki Murakami

In TV People by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of connection, relationships, uncertainty, confusion, acceptance and mental illness. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realizes that Murakami may be exploring the theme of connection. […]

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Meeting Elise by Nam Le

In Meeting Elise by Nam Le we have the theme of pride, success, mortality, friendship, connection, acceptance, jealousy and redemption. Taken from his The Boat collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Henry Luff and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Le may be exploring […]

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A Window by Haruki Murakami

In A Window by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of loneliness, honesty, curiosity, desire, writing, connection and confusion. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes collection the story is narrated in the first person by a thirty-two year old man who is recalling events ten years previously. When he worked for the Pen Society as […]

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Hiroshima by Nam Le

In Hiroshima by Nam Le we have the theme of spirituality, conflict, propaganda, control, loyalty, innocence and honour. Taken from his The Boat collection the story is narrated in the first person by an eight year old girl called Mayako and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Le may be exploring […]

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Family Affair by Haruki Murakami

In Family Affair by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of uncertainty, narrow-mindedness, honesty, selfishness, responsibilities, tradition and family. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes collection the story is narrated in the first person by a twenty-seven year old man and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Murakami may be exploring […]

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Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer

In Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer we have the theme of apartheid, discrimination, marriage, tradition, forbidden love, infanticide, justice, identity and shame. Taken from her Six Feet of the Country collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning the reader realizes that Gordimer may be exploring […]

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Rules of the Game by Amy Tan

In Rules of the Game by Amy Tan we have the theme of wisdom, pride, tradition, innocence and conflict. Taken from her The Joy Luck Club collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young girl called Waverly Jong and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Tan may […]

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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

In Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri we have the theme of responsibility, connection, conflict, redemption and loneliness. Taken from her collection of the same name it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Lahiri may be exploring the theme of responsibility. Neither Raj nor Mina wish to take Tina […]

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