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After the Quake

After the Quake

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After the Quake was so brilliant that I didn't want the stories to end, and when they did, I felt like I was saying good-bye to a dear friend. All six stories are told in the third person, as opposed to Murakami's much more familiar first person narrative established in his previous work. Even the superficial characters in his stories are so humanized that you don't even realise the difference.

How, Murakami asks, can community after the quake be structured around self-reflection rather than cruelty? It's the particular kind of intimacy that can evolve between a reader and a book, unspoken and unexpected, familiar, satisfying, strange.The stories often have no ending, they simply reflect the thoughts and actions of various people in a narrow span of time. Indeed, it felt as if I was wading through the rubble of their minds, and witnessing the ruptures and shaking of their emotional lives. After she falls asleep, he talks with Sala's mother Sayoko in the kitchen about taking the girl to the Ueno Zoo.

On the morning of January 17, 1995, I woke to find my bed floating, seeming to dip into and out of a wave of wooden floor. Haruki Murakami set this collection of six short stories a month after the destructive 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan. The stories do not involve the earthquake area directly, but show the people of Japan undergoing psychological changes in response to this national disaster.None of the stories in this collection are directly connected with the disaster, though all of them are touched by it in one way or another. It became a catalyst for individuals to reassess their lives with unexpected consequences for themselves and their families and friends around them.

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