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‘After the quake’ by Haruki Murakami March 6, 2007

Posted by ayasawada in Books.
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After the quake cover


In short: Kobe, earthquake, the Japanese, <insert shock-wave/rupture metaphor here>

Thoughts: I’m a sucker for Murakami short stories and this did not disappoint. If anything, the taut length and unifying theme make it even more enjoyable. I say the theme is unifying, but really, it’s just a launchpad from which to launch each story. I guess each of them does explore a little of the Japanese psyche through reactions to the quake, but there’s no overall message or continuous thread.

The five stories contained here vary in quality, from the Murakami meander to the top-notch climax. The last two stories ‘Super-frog saves Tokyo’ and ‘Honey-pie’ are just sublime and showcase two characteristics that make Murakami’s imaginations so compelling; the former is as weird as it sounds and the latter has the familiar taste of bittersweet romance. All short, sweet and a really good read.


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