Read “Town of Cats,” a Story by Haruki Murakami

Today, The New Yorker shares “Town of Cats,” a short story by Haruki Murakami. First paragraph—

At Koenji Station, Tengo boarded the Chuo Line inbound rapid-service train. The car was empty. He had nothing planned that day. Wherever he went and whatever he did (or didn’t do) was entirely up to him. It was ten o’clock on a windless summer morning, and the sun was beating down. The train passed Shinjuku, Yotsuya, Ochanomizu, and arrived at Tokyo Central Station, the end of the line. Everyone got off, and Tengo followed suit. Then he sat on a bench and gave some thought to where he should go. “I can go anywhere I decide to,” he told himself. “It looks as if it’s going to be a hot day. I could go to the seashore.” He raised his head and studied the platform guide.

At that point, he realized what he had been doing all along.

Fun fact: I used to live in Shin-Koenji, right near Koenji, and I took the Chuou to work every day.

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4 comments

  1. Oneditorial · August 29, 2011

    Thank you very much for this short story by Murakami. I am looking forward to getting hold of his latest novel,”1Q84″, in October.

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  2. Ed · August 29, 2011

    A prescient piece. The novel is definitely worth the wait…

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  4. randomkhaos · August 29

    Another one for literate enlightenment

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