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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Short Story

In the September 26,2005 issue of “The New Yorker” this short story, “The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day” written by Haruki Murakami reveals what love really means. In this story the main character named Junpei has three chances to find the women that really means something to him. His father had given him that advice and every time Junpei met a girl he would always wonder if this girl was one of the three.
Well he had finally given up on all hopes of finding someone, when he met this woman named Kirie. She was interesting to Junpei although he didn’t know why. But just like all the others, he wondered if she was one of the three.
At first she was just a girl who he went to dinner with and who he enjoyed sleeping with. But one night they got into a deep conversation about one of his stories. Junpei is a short story writer and he had been working on one. When she asked what it was about, Junpei paused because he was debating whether or not to tell her because he normally tells no one about his stories until they are completely finished. But he decided she was special so he described the story in detail to her. It was at that very moment that he realized she was one of the three women that would truly mean something to him.
After explaining what little bit of the story he had, the next morning and five days after, he did nothing but work on the short story. He titled the story “ The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day.” It is about a doctor who is having an affair with a married man. Then she finds this stone that she becomes very close to. So close she begins talking to it. But then after finding the stone that is shaped like a kidney, weird things started happening. The stone would appear in different places. She knows no one could have moved it because her office was locked when she wasn’t in it. Then in the end she decided to throw the stone in the lack, the next morning it was back on her desk.
After Junpei finished the story he tried to get a hold of her but her phone had been disconnected. He thought she would call; it had been a few months and not a single phone call. So he deiced to wait six months to see if she would try to reach him and after those six months are over he would forget about her and move on with his life. Well the six months were over and not one phone call. I enjoyed this story. From the start it was a little slow but as it got going it really turned out enjoyable. It really makes you think, is there really only three important people that will mean something to me. Not girls of course, but guys. Will there only be three guys that I date that will really mean something to me? And will one of those three be the one I will live with forever? If you have a chance to read this story, well I recommend you do.


  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger Andriella said…

    That sounds like an interesting story. I wonder about those sort of things too. Who are the people that will turn out to truly mean something to me? That is something probably only time can answer.


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