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Book Review: After the Quake by Haruki Murakami - Reviewed by ohbukowski (10 Jun 2011)
Murakami's speciality is expressing Japanese existential experience with a voice which comes both from within it and from being able to somehow stand seperate from it, exploring it honestly. These stories of separate lives changed by an earthquake; the exposure of the fragility and changeability of their lives; have a similarity in the uselessness and futility that each character somehow feels.
A painter hides from his family, taking solace in the fires he builds on the beach at night. A giant amphibian visits an old man, convincing him to find and fight a creature deep in the earth, who is the cause of the quakes. A young woman ponders whether her hatred and bitterness caused the quake.
This book is mysterious, nuanced and extremely beautiful. Murakami uses absurdist devices to uncover and explain the Japanese, and the human, soul.
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