After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

The six tales in Haruki Murakami’s captivating assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, while Japan grew to become brutally conscious of the fragility of its day-by-day lifestyles. however the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and extra mysterious, emanating from a spot the place the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been without notice abandoned by means of his spouse consents to carry an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his precise nature. a guy who has been raised to view himself because the son of God pursues a stranger who may perhaps or will not be his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from an incredible conversing frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as desires, as powerful as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are additional facts that Murakami is among the such a lot visionary writers at paintings this present day.

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No one said a word. Even the talkative Keisuke kept his mouth shut tight, hands shoved in coat pockets. Miyake hunkered down on the sand. Junko folded her arms across her chest, cigarette in hand. She would puff on it occasionally, as if suddenly recalling that it was there. ” It was the story of a man traveling alone through the snowy Alaskan interior and his attempts to light a fire. He would freeze to death unless he could make it catch. The sun was going down. Junko hadn’t read much fiction, but that one short story she had read again and again, ever since her teacher had assigned it as an essay topic during the summer vacation of her first year in high school.

Sometimes I can, sometimes I can’t. Most of the time, I can. ” Miyake nodded. “It’s almost a sickness with me. Why do you think I came to live in this navel-lint nothing of a town? It’s because this place gets more driftwood than any other beach I know. That’s the only reason. I came all the way out here to make bonfires. ” Whenever she had the chance after that, Junko would join Miyake for his bonfires. He made them all year long except for midsummer, when the beach was full of people far into the night.

He gave it a little shake but he couldn’t feel or hear anything moving inside. “My sister will pick you up at the airport. And she’ll be arranging a room for you,” Sasaki said. “All you have to do is stand outside the gate with the package in your hands where she can see it. ” Komura left home with the box in his suitcase, wrapped in a thick undershirt. The plane was far more crowded than he had expected. Why were all these people going from Tokyo to Kushiro in the middle of winter? he wondered.

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