After the Quake

After the Quake

Stories

eBook - 2003 | 1st Vintage International ed.
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Set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, the mesmerizing stories in After the Quake are as haunting as dreams and as potent as oracles.

An electronics salesman who has been deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package-- and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who views himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. The six stories in this collection come from the deep and mysterious place where the human meets the inhuman--and are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780307424648
0307424642
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (99 p.)
Additional Contributors: Rubin, Jay 1941-
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LitHub
Jun 25, 2020

Mostly the stories are related tangentially to the quake/aftermath of the quake (Kobe, 1995). I think Murakami very much captures the sort of surrealness that people's lives take after a big disaster -- the unease, the disruption to regular daily life even if not directly affected, the strangeness -- a hiccup in the "normal" world. Murakami is well-suited to capture these types of feelings in his stories. Recommended.

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sfrank31
Mar 25, 2020

Would you believe me if I told you that Murakami ACTUALLY wrote a complex female character for once? I know. Crazy, right? To be honest, I can never quite decide if his work is deconstructive of toxic masculinity, or a product of it. Probably somewhere in the middle. Anyway, if you like Murakami's prose, you'll enjoy these stories. Like his novels, he knows how to be -just- weird enough without being alienating.

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blue_pig_1172
Apr 28, 2019

I read this book because of pewdiepie

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SusyHendrix
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.

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altybiz
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

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bluehydrangea
Nov 29, 2010

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

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