Wednesday, April 25, 2012

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

181 pages, 2002.
I've wanted to read Murakami for some time but other titles kept butting in line. Now that I've finally read this collection of short stories I'm so glad I made the effort and plan to read more by him in the very near future.

After the Quake is an easy to read, yet very thought provoking, collection of short stories relating to the Kobe earthquake in 1995. Instead of focusing on the earthquake itself, the six stories contained here each provide a glimpse of the aftermath suffered by the characters. Some of the effects are not in direct relation to the quake but the emotional response and other situations that result from it.   

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