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After the Quake
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
The six stories in Haruki Murakamis mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakamis characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman. An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic packageand is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not 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. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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tokorowilliamwallace
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami

'Some things your brain can't help you with. It's not easy being young.'
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'I saw the look on your face. And you know what you once told me, about how people's eyes have something honest about them when they're watching a fire.'

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tokorowilliamwallace
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami

[A] fire can be any shape it wants to be. It's free. So it can look like anything at all depending on what's inside the person looking at it. If you get this deep, quiet kind of feeling when you look at a fire, that's because it's showing you the deep, quiet kind of feeling you have inside yourself.

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tokorowilliamwallace
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami

It was the first time that Junko felt a certain 'something' as she watched the flames of a bonfire: 'something' deep down, a 'wad' of feeling, she might have called it, because it was too raw, too heavy, too real to be called an idea. It coursed through her body and vanished, leaving behind a sweet-sad, chest-gripping, strange sort of feeling.
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'[I]t's like all of a sudden you get very clear about something people don't usually notice...'

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tokorowilliamwallace
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami

Premonitions can stand for something else sometimes. And the thing they stand for can be a lot more intense than reality. That's the scariest thing about having a premonition.
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'But there's such a thing as a way of living that's guided by the way a person's going to die.'
'Is that how *you're* living?'
'I'm not sure. It seems that way sometimes.'

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Daisey
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Pickpick

I have not particularly enjoyed the previous books I‘ve read by Murakami, but this one was a bit better to me. He has an interesting style that I think worked better for me in short story form. I enjoyed “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo” and the “Honey Pie” stories the best.

#1001books #audiobook #translated #shortstories
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown August 2021

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GatheringBooks
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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TK-421 I love this! 11mo
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stretchkev
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Bailedbailed

I love Japanese literature, I strongly dislike this Murakami.

A short story collection loosely based around the events of the 1995 Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo subway attack. It was everything I hate about Murakami distilled into tiny bits over and over again, without the magical realism!

Nope, no more I'm done with Haruki Murakami forever.

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AshleyHoss820
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Pickpick

I finished this right before the fall semester started and I‘m glad I did. I breezed through this and had a good time doing it! I think Superfrog was my favorite. It‘s definitely worth a re-read, to me. 😊 186/1,001 #1001Books

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RobynA
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Mehso-so

Collection of short stories by Murakami. Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, but still not a pick of mine. Well written never the less!

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NeedsMoreBooks
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Pickpick

Set after the 1995 Kobe earthquake, this collection of short stories are weird, interesting, and beautiful. Enjoyed the quirky characters and the realistic portrayal of their actions and thoughts. #EasterExtravaganza

Andrew65 👏👏👏 2y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Thank you for the tag and the questions @TheSpineView

📚Reading the tagged one. Read a bunch of Haruki Murakami and Fredrik Backman for #AuthorAMonth Also downloaded some translated works by other authors.

📚 I used to read in Bengali, my native language and in Hindi. Now, I don‘t get much of an opportunity to do so

MoonWitch94 Thanks for thinking of me ☺️ 2y
TheSpineView You're welcome and thanks for playing! 😊 2y
Tanisha_A Thanks for tagging me! 🤗 2y
nelehelen Thanks for the tag! 😘 2y
sudi Thank you for the tag 😘. 2y
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Imbookenit
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Mehso-so

Miy favorite stories from this collection was the third to last and the last one! 3.5/5📚

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Eggs
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Mehso-so

The 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, was real. But these stories are fictional figments of Murakami‘s fantastical fluid imagination, some of which are enjoyable!
#authoramonth2020
@Soubhiville

Megabooks So happy you like the bookmark! 💕 2y
Eggs 📚💚📖💚🔖 @Megabooks (edited) 2y
Soubhiville Logged, 25📚 2y
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Eggs
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#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

1️⃣ tagged

2️⃣ Knockout, K. A. Holt

3️⃣ my grand-littles in the poppies

Leftcoastzen So cute! 2y
TheSpineView Adorable! 2y
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Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💗❤️ 2y
rachelsbrittain Oh my goodness how precious! 2y
Eggs Thanks @rachelsbrittain 🌺 2y
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BookishRedhead
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Pickpick

Oh Murakami, you weird wonderful man.
But of a rollercoaster ride from giant frogs and worms that cause earthquakes to death.

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GatheringBooks
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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#QuotsyFeb20 Day 28: I don‘t think me want to be a #polar bear at all.

Cathythoughts I‘ve only read 2 Murakami, that may be it for me .... but trust Murakami to share this info 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 2y
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CafeMom
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Pickpick

I was hooked from page one. I love Murakami's writing, I get sucked into what ever story he is telling. After the Quake is a compilation of six short stories the author wrote after the Kobe earthquake. I really enjoyed Thailand. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo, how could you not love a story about super-frog. Even though I prefer Murakami's long novels I still enjoyed these short stories. #1001books

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Emilymdxn
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

I enjoyed these short stories! Fewer disturbing sex scenes than other Murakami I‘ve read which freed up my mind to enjoy the style, the slow musical rhythm of the surrealist plots, and the original ideas. Why can‘t more of his be like this?? A frog and worm doing battle in a banker‘s dream to prevent an earthquake, wonderful; the weird rapey vibes in other boons, less wonderful. I recommend if you‘ve found the same things frustrating as me

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DePaepe
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"You know, Jun," he said, "a fire can be any shape it wants to be. It's free. So it can look like anything at all depending on what's inside the person looking at it. If you get this deep, quiet kind of feeling when you look at a fire, that's because it's showing you the deep, quiet kind of feeling you have inside yourself. You know what I mean?"

From the short story 'landscape with flatiron'

Megabooks Fantastic cover and a cute pup! 3y
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Chili
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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@CBee Thank you so much for After The Quake. I love Murakami. It arrived at the perfect time. I will be starting it after I finish my current book. The ARC arrived today too. A great book mail day.
#DeweysReadathon

CBee So glad you got it! Hope you enjoy 😊 3y
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ReadingEnvy
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

In February and March of my #tbrexplode project, where I started at the beginning of my "want to read" list in Goodreads from 2009 and decide whether I still want to read those books, I hit a wall of Murakami. This book of short stories made the cut, all slightly related to the Great Hanshin, or Kobe, Earthquake that occurred in 1995. I did not understand the Frog story but was very moved by Thailand.⤵️

ReadingEnvy (When I googled the name of the earthquake just now I discovered that there was an earthquake in Japan while I finished this collection yesterday, which is a very Murakami thing to happen.) 3y
Becker Glad you enjoyed it but the cover stresses me out 🙃 3y
ReadingEnvy @Becker I know! I was saved by the shiny library plastic because most of the time it was just a glare. 3y
LibrarianJen @Becker I would have to make an old school newspaper book cover for that! All the fish would creep me out! 3y
Weaponxgirl @Becker me too! Just looking at the photo made me feel a bit queasy 3y
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bookswithbren
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Pickpick

Finished this book and was a big fan. The stories are so captivating and beautiful. I think my favorite was Thailand. These stories are set at the same time as the 1995 Kobe earthquake which was devastating to Japan so a lot of the stories are very dark or have dark undertones. So if you are easily triggered I'd pass on this book.
#bookreview #triggerwarning

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bookswithbren
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Congrats @TheReadingMermaid for reaching such a follower milestone! I'd love to give any fiction, sci-fi or fantasy novels you have a new home 😆

Again, congrats!
#repost #150kgiveaway

BeansPage Thank you so much and thank you for entering! Much luck to you sweetie 🤗 3y
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Kristelh
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AshleyHoss820
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#CrimesAgainstCovers

Day One: Most Wrecked Book

I have some of my books from childhood that are in worse shape, but this is probably my most wrecked book that I didn‘t buy this way...There was a HUGE sticker on the front. I tried to get it off and dang near took the whole front cover off with it...😩😩😩 I fixed it the best I could, but...🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB What a sticker that must have been. Who puts a sticker there 😖?! 4y
ErinSueMreads Ahhhhh!!! Stickers! Worst!!! But there is nothing better than the feeling of a sticker coming off easily and cleanly. 4y
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB It covered the majority of the front cover! Who DOES that!? Barbarians! Heathens! Swine! 🤣😂 I was so frustrated! 4y
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AshleyHoss820 @ErinSueG Yes!! That is so satisfying!! When I worked at Waldenbooks (which then became Borders, which then closed 🙄), we had stickers on books but they came off easy peasy. 😊 4y
ElishaLovesBooks Stickers! 😡 4y
AshleyHoss820 @ElishaLovesBooks 😂😂 Don‘t I know it! 😡🤬 4y
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callielafleur
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this little short story collection that centers around the 1995 earthquake in Kobe. So many of the usual Murakami fantastical elements, but also fairly grounded. I would say that this is a pretty good introduction to his stuff if you've never read him before.

RaimeyGallant Sounds interesting. 4y
Laura317 I love the cover, too! 4y
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zezeki
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So, an earthquake happened today. Everything was shaking for about 5-6 seconds (everyone's okay, there's no material damage), and this is how Linda reacted to it. I guess her survivial insticts aren't quite on point. 😸😸 #catsoflitsy

tournevis Whereas my dog hides and shakes like a leaf when the toaster oven dings, or someone farts. 4y
TheDaysGoBy Scary! Glad everyone is ok! Adorable kitty! 4y
Captivatedbybooks She was like ohhhh this vibrating feels good 4y
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megt Glad everyone is okay! 4y
Cinfhen 😹😹glad all is well 4y
zezeki @Captivatedbybooks Hahah probably 😁😁 4y
zezeki @tournevis Hahaha I was surprised with my cat's reaction because she usually jumps on every sudden sound or movement 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 A cat named Linda!!! Omg, love her! Yeah, never panic until the cat does, which is pretty much never. I like cat psychology. Glad everyone is well😘 4y
xicanti That's the most cat reaction ever. I'm glad it wasn't serious! 4y
Scurvygirl 😹😻My cat would probably yell at it! 4y
zezeki @JanuarieTimewalker13 My 4 year old niece named her 😁😁 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 So cute❤️ 4y
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callielafleur
After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Big pre-birthday book haul! I'm really excited for all of these, more than half of which I #blameonLitsy. 😂😂😂

amvs1111 My favorite Backman novel 💗 4y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
MiyakoBunny 💗💗💗💗💗 4y
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cocomass Oooooh giant days and killers of the flower moon 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 4y
MaureenMc Excellent haul! 4y
Mitch Killers of the Moon Flower - great choice👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Cinfhen Niiice🙌🏻❣️😊 4y
Andrew65 Some great books! 4y
UrsulaMonarch Great haul!! 4y
CaitlinR Killers of the Flower Moon was fascinating. You‘ll enjoy. 4y
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Simona
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Mehso-so

... me too, Mr Frog!
A collection of six unrelated short stories, but with a common point - an earthquake. For me, the short story is perfect when it is on just a few pages content of the entire novel. Closest to this is the story Thailand, which has a comprehensive content and interesting protagonist. What I value the most in Murakami works is his sense for alienated characters, and in-depth characterization, which is in these stories ... 👇

Simona ... quite foggy. 4y
AceOnRoam ... quite Froggy. 7 mentions here! 4y
JenP I love Murakami but this was my least favorite (so far). 4y
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BarbaraBB @JenP mine too. In fact I quit reading Murakami after this one although I loved three of his other novels, especially 4y
Simona @AceOnRoam 😂👍 4y
Simona @JenP @BarbaraBB I love his novels, but I think that short stories aren‘t his form of expression ... 4y
JenP @BarbaraBB my favorite of his books! Well hopefully you pick his books back up and love them again! 4y
JenP @Simona I agree but then I‘m also not a huge fan of short stories in general. 4y
sisilia I think Murakami‘s better in non-fiction. My favorite is 4y
Simona @sisilia Book about running is the only nonfiction book that I read by him and his meditative writing on this subject almost make me to start with running 😁 4y
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Simona
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#GirlOnTheTrain Today is going to be a long day ...

BarbaraBB You‘ve got your book though 😉 4y
Simona @BarbaraBB Short stories are perfect for waiting time 🤓 (edited) 4y
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m.galehuxley
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Some Murakami that I (think) I haven‘t read yet came in the mail today! 🐸 I‘m waiting for his newest novel to be translated into English. I was in Japan on the day it came out in February, but resisted buying the original version. Now, I wish I would‘ve bought it, even though I couldn‘t read it.

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nanoauthor
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Dinner and thesis reading before going to a Dungeons and Dragons themed improve show with some friends #currentread #happybirthdaytome #philly

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Valeka
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I'm in need of some of Murakami's magical realism.

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

After the Quake consists of six short stories, losely related to the earthquake in Kobe. What all stories share is the fact that they are about people whose worlds have been moved lately. I liked the last one best. But I guess I did read a bit too much Murakami. Am a bit fed up with him I guess. #1001books

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suvata
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I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of Murakami books to read.

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JAMZ
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Pickpick

One of my favorites. I love these stories, they hit from all angles. Strange and familiar all at once. So many of the stories are like a gasp for air.

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Skybariline
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Pickpick

I've long wanted to read Murakami, and I'm glad I finally did! This seems like a good introduction to his work. It provides good insight into contemporary Japanese culture and is at once creative, fantastic, and accessible. Thanks to the B&N employee who recommended this.

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LWagoner
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This is my first time reading Murakami. His books at first look, intimidate me, but this book of short stories listened to thru Scribd was a great way to get my feet wet. I found the stories very well written and enjoyable to read. Plan to pick up another Murakami book soon.

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Alisnazzy
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Pickpick

In true quirky Murakami style, these short stories will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and long for a lengthier escape from reality (it'll only take a day to finish this book.)

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Alisnazzy
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And then he goes and just makes you want to dance under the stars 😍

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Alisnazzy
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Sometimes I wish this weren't so true. Murakami always knows how to hit you hard, emotionally. Still love him, though #BookQuote