10 August 2009
After the Quake
I snagged After the Quake by Haruki Murakami last week from the library. I really had no intention to read anything but what was on my list for the Japanese Lit Challenge, it's just such a little book that i figured i might as well read it. I didn't realize it was on the 1001 books list, which means it also counts for the 1% challenge. Yay!
After the Quake is a series of short stories. Murakami connects them by having them all refer to the Kobe earthquake of 1995. The first story, "UFO in Kushiro", begins with a woman obsessively watching the news coverage of the earthquake. The last story, "Honey Pie", has as its basis a little girl who has nightmares about the earthquake.
I don't know how to describe his writing. it lovely, dreamy, yet the images are clear and concrete. weird fantasy or sci-fi elements intertwine with deeply human feelings and sadness. It is simple but so good.
My favorite story was "Honey Pie", with my second favorite being "thailand". Both have lost love and longing but essentially happy endings. i'm needing happy endings right now. a big, fat 7 overall. READ THIS!