After the Quake

After the Quake


Book - 2002
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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 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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c2002.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780375413902
Branch Call Number: MURAKAMI
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 19 cm.


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Apr 28, 2019

I read this book because of pewdiepie

Mar 28, 2019

I absolutely love this collection. "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo" and "All God's Children Can Dance" are my favorites of the lot.

Feb 24, 2019

I always seem to be out of touch. I forgot that there was a common earthquake theme running through these stories. As usual, there were a couple that I couldn't figure out what the ending might mean. But my favorite was Super-Frog Saves Tokyo. I got a kick out of that frog's contemporary way of speaking, and his notion that courage is required of both him and his chosen human to help him along. Author Murakami finds ways to make interesting twists in stories that draw me in. I plan to continue reading his long series of well-written stories and novels.

Meeseeks Jun 20, 2017

Reread this book again recently. Such great short stories, hold up well after more than 20 years.

estbergt Feb 18, 2013

Mitchell read feb '13. Also audiobook

debwalker Aug 26, 2011

"Surreal, bizarre, yet grounded in very real tragedy, the stories in this collection take place in the months between the 1995 Kobe earthquake and the deadly poison gas attacks in the Tokyo subway the same year. These brief, meditative stories examine the transformative effects of natural disaster."
Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly

Nov 29, 2010

earthquake related (the devastating Kobe earthquake) - avoid if you are not keen on anything earthquake related!


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