‘On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning’ by Haruki Murakami


On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning by Haruki Murakami, 1981

The magic trick:

Espousing a wonderful worldview

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Today’s story is a wonder of love and romance. Oddly, it’s also the foundation for the plot of a very questionable John Cusack vehicle, Serendipity, but never mind that part for now.

Let’s focus on the love and romance part. The story espouses a really cool worldview. It’s fatalistic. It’s cosmic. It’s probably exactly how the world works. And that’s quite a trick on Murakami’s part.

The selection:

How can I approach her? What should I say?

“Good morning, miss. Do you think you could spare half an hour for a little conversation?”

Ridiculous. I’d sound like an insurance salesman.

“Pardon me, but would you happen to know if there is an all­night cleaners in the neighborhood?”

No, this is just as ridiculous. I’m not carrying any laundry, for one thing. Who’s going to buy a line like that?

Maybe the simple truth would do. “Good morning. You are the 100% perfect girl for me.”


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