After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

The six tales in Haruki Murakami’s enthralling 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 unexpectedly abandoned by way of his spouse is of the same opinion to carry an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his real nature. a guy who has been raised to view himself because the son of God pursues a stranger who may perhaps or is probably not his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from an enormous speaking frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as goals, as effective as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are additional evidence that Murakami is likely one of the such a lot visionary writers at paintings this day.

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Next, he bunched up sheets of newspaper that he had brought along, slipped them through the gaps at the bottom of the pile, and lit them with a plastic cigarette lighter. Junko took her cigarettes from her pocket, put one in her mouth, and struck a match. Narrowing her eyes, she stared at Miyake’s hunched back and balding head. This was it: the one heart-stopping moment of the whole procedure. Would the fire catch? Would it erupt in giant flames? The three stared in silence at the mountain of driftwood.

But I will say this. ” “That’s not the problem,” Miyake said, shaking his head again. He drew a kind of design in the sand with the tip of a branch. ” Junko pondered this for a while, then shook her head. “Well, I think about it all the time,” Miyake said. ” “Locked inside a refrigerator,” he said. “You know. It happens all the time. Some kid is playing around inside a refrigerator that somebody’s thrown away, and the door closes, and the kid suffocates. ” The big log dipped to the side, scattering sparks.

You may be right,” Komura said. “Why don’t you take a bath? ” Komura did as he was told. The tub was huge. He felt uneasy soaking in it alone. The couples who came to this hotel probably took baths together. When he emerged from the bathroom, Komura was surprised to find that Keiko Sasaki had left. Shimao was still there, drinking beer and watching TV. “Keiko went home,” Shimao said. “She wanted me to apologize and tell you that she’ll be back tomorrow morning. ” “Fine,” Komura said. “You’re sure it’s no problem?

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