When a man`s favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple`s midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald`s. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi- consciousness in which anythings seem possible- even death. in every one of these stories, Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.