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after the quake: Stories - Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin
after the quake: Stories
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In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned... show more
In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned his life abroad and returned home to confront his country’s grief. The subway attack led to his recent Underground. And out of the quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catastrophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believable) than we have come to expect in his fiction.An electronics salesman, abruptly deserted by his wife, is entrusted to deliver a mysterious package but gets more than he bargained for at the receiving end; a Thai chauffeur takes his troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret about his past that will change his life forever.But the most compelling character of all is the earthquake itself—slipping into and out of view almost imperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlorn citizens of the apocalypse. The terrible damage visible all around is, in fact, less extreme than the inconsolable howl of a nation indelibly scarred—an experience in which Murakami discovers many truths about compassion, courage, and the nature of human suffering.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375413902 (0375413901)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 182
Edition language: English
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Martini
Martini rated it
3.0 Too short for me. Yes, I know how that sounds.
Unfortunately it seems as if Murakami's short stories and me are not made for one another.They are good, of course, but they don't give me as much as his novels do. They just don't draw me in and leave me speechless.To me they are just okay.
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.0 After the Quake
Odd magical realism-ish short stories. I doubt I will even remember any of these in a week or two. But I am not a fan of magical realism-ish stuff, so no surprise that I don't love these. I was actually hoping these stories would be more quake-related, but the title is a little misleading.A great br...
Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it
4.0 Shaken—from a Distance
How could something be so beautiful and yet so easy to put down? If I hadn’t come back, it would have been all right. Sometimes, I could wait days, and then reengage and become hypnotized. And yet it didn’t seem to matter if I ever came back. I felt like a Murakami character, exquisitely aware and s...
KizunaYueMichaelis
KizunaYueMichaelis rated it
Stories that are mysterious and some kind of gloomy. Not precisely about the earthquake. I thought it was going to be about people dealing with the event, trying to move on after the loss of a familiar, of someone loving, of the possessions... Of course the earthquake influenced all these characte...
The Bookworm's Den
The Bookworm's Den rated it
3.0 Nach Dem Beben
Overall an okay read. There were some stories that I really loved (the one with the boy who didn't know his mother for example - and the one with the woman who goes to Thailand) - others I found less interesting. A good, entertaining and touching read - but I hope to like Murakami's style of writing...
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