Birthday Girl | By Haruki Murakami – a short review.

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Hey folks! I welcome you all to another blog of the reader’s corner. In this blog, I am gonna share my reading experience of a book written by a Japanese author… Yes, it is none other than HARUKI MURAKAMI. He is the most celebrated author for his different perspective on the stories which gave him success in his writing.


Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been sold as a best seller in his nation as well as internationally and his stories have been translated into 50 languages. Also, his books have turned to movies. Some of his notable works are “KAFKA ON THE SHORE”, “NORWEGIAN WOODS”, “A WILD SHEEP CHASE”, “SPUTNIK SWEETHEART”, etc.

Therefore, in this blog, we are going to see one of his best short stories, “BIRTHDAY GIRL”, originally written in Japanese translated by Fay Rubin.


So, it was on my birthday this book came in a mail as a gift. I was very excited to see the title of the book ‘BIRTHDAY GIRL’ it indicates me, my status on that particular day because I was birthday girl myself. Since the book is very short and quick I read on the same day to find what it holds, and also, this is my very first book of this author. I should definitely thank the sender for this book. Thank you so much for sending a perfect gift on my birthday and I loved it.

Birthday Girl
“Birthday Girl” book by Murakami


One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner. When he came to know that day was her birthday, he wishes,
“May you live a rich and fruitful life and there be nothing to cast dark shadows”
and agrees to grant her a wish. To know what she wished for, read this book. Honestly speaking, though it was a bit confusing for me I read the book a couple of times to get the view of the narrator.


Now, it’s time for the readers to answer this most exciting question,
What will you wish on your twentieth birthday? (REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR WISHES) I would have wished for more exciting and interesting books on my upcoming birthdays…


The birthday girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Haruki Murakami’s 70th birthday.

Thereupon, readers if you are liking to start to read the Haruki Murakami books but don’t know what to choose first then here’s the book for you ‘BIRTHDAY GIRL’ by Murakami for you. A very quick and delightful read. Happy reading!!

Ps. If you missed my previous review, do check out the link here- Reader’s Corner. All reviews are SPOILER-FREE.

2 Replies to “Birthday Girl | By Haruki Murakami – a short review.”

  1. Thank you for sharing your wish! Hope your wish will come true soon😊

  2. Quite interesting! Here my answer for your question , my wish would be tickets for world tour 😆

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