Book Review: ‘Men without Women’

Men without Women; An ingenious piece on insides of Human Relations

Exploring human relations and their meaning unconventionally, Haruki’s works have garnered much appreciation by the modern age writer. Diving into the intricacies of synthesized plots Haruki Murakami is the man of the hour.

The novel has everything that one could ask ranging from disappearing cats to bars reeking of pun, broken hearts, cunningness of hard-born women, and of course the famous Beatles.

Murakami’s works feature life in its raw form and while his characters can’t seem to swim through it, his writing compels the reader to fall prey to the same entangled webs of life knowing that they aren’t even real. 

Murakami has drawn his elixir from the unfathomability of life and doesn’t shy away from casting the loneliness and solitude on his plots. He makes it impossible to crack through the puzzles of life and both his readers and characters don’t struggle but explore the intimate mysteries of human life altogether.

In this book of seven short tales, he has profoundly spoken the saga and journey of Men who have lost their women counterparts. Living away from their lives in an exclusive quest of their emotions and feelings Murakami ensures that his characters grapple hard to realize what took them down.


The characters are all in awe, shock, and dilemma of human emotions. Bundled in their cocoon of expectations and blooming out to unusual, abrupt, and perfidiousness. Their journey back and forth portrays life in the most topsy-turvy way.

The Story

In his opening story, Beatlemania is evidently depicted and the lead character a renowned actor Kafuku confides to the sense of curiosity. Kafuku’s driving license has been declared unfit because of a minor accident due to a major blindspot in his eye and he is forced to hire a chauffeur to drive him around. Initially, the dumbstruck driver opens up through curiousness and Kafuku suddenly finds an eccentric person who is ready to bend an ear and lend the shoulders.

Both of them share their tussles, while the driver shares her childhood Kafuku unravels the infidelity of his wife. Here it seems that Kafuku has been suffering from not one but twin blindspots.

The tale of Kafuku is a brilliant revelatory and the reader will enjoy it like the unboxing of something much expected but with a chill down. Much said, his works are key to symbolize melancholy and drollness. Kafuku has delivered masterpieces earlier too but these seven tales surpass the success and popularity of them all. 

It would suffice to say that Murakami has taken these stories to a more realistic avenue than his earlier works. Every time someone picks a Murakami he or she is taken by swiftness along with the complex yet intensively relatable storyline.

Murakami is known for the absurdity, yet comprehensible to all. His works have been a rare piece of open-ended mysteries. The interesting thing to note is that he sets his stories in the most fictional situations, preposterous scenes but inspires the relation with the reader in no time. 

Point of view

Sex and Eroticism have been abundant in his works and throughout the book, one could easily develop the liking to the subtle raunchiness possessed by Murakami’s  characters.


 Further-in, one-story surrounds the Grad-school and the revamped sense of young blood into play. The next thing one could be seen juggling with is the fact that the character somehow justified pimping out his girlfriend. This chapter named Yesteryear canvasses the entirety of a hapless human.

One of the stories took the better part of Murakami to conclude. Painting the life, emotion, mental state of the protagonist named KINO, another normal human subjected to his wife’s infidelity.

Kino succumbs to reclusion and opens up a bar. However, he could not bear through the thoughts and sights of his wife in bed with another man and he runs away. It would be mere assumptions as to why he running. The situation should have compelled him to exact revenge or lace into his wife for this act of betrayal. But he RUNS…


Haruki Murakami has destined his characters a heap of pain and chaos in their formidable lives. The betrayal, the erotic touch, and the author’s recurring obsessions have all added to the flavor. 

The scintillating beauty of human relationships, the impact of human behavior, and an epic fiction of stage, situations, and context have infused the surreal touch to his stories. The stories have all followed darker and the existential sides towards the end.

Though mystery has been the favorite ingredient Murakami peppered morals in each one of them just to induce the apt amount of percipience.


Haruki Murakami and his works like ‘Blind Willow’ and ‘Sleeping Woman’ have been a level up from dreams. Nebulous of dreams and reality have been the center-stage up until his recent work ‘Men without Women’. This masterpiece is art at its best. Configuring all the shadows of human life to achieve the best of induced and aroused curiosity. 

He has garnered a huge reader base and his contemporary style of encapsulating the interest of them all is duly appraised.

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