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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
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Aug 07, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to W.B. by: Da Hype
Recommended for: People who listen to nighcrawlers

My first post-downsizing read and my first Murakami.

It was okay.

Not revelatory. There were some nice passages, only one in the whole book I really wanted to share, but I can't remember it literatim so won't butcher it.

Maybe because the expectation was so high because of the GR hype, I expected epiphanies falling like frogs in Magnolia.

This is a book of short fiction. Maybe the novel is his real form.

It was about one cut above Granta, and if you read Granta you know that's not saying a lot.

If you want to be Kawabata be Kawabata. If you want to be Akutagawa be Akutagawa. If you want to do magical realism, we're going to need a bigger boat. Add oh, I don't know a tiger, and a bunch of other animals...sell it, Haruki...sell it...

He needs to spend some time with Kathy Griffin or something.

He needs to be just a little bit more the "sweaty, puffy crack whore" of modern lit...aka the Japanese Renee Zelwegger of the new new novel...

Moonlight and wet earth will only take you so far in this brave new world.

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Haruki Murakami
“You are a beautiful person, Doctor. Clearheaded. Strong. But you seem always to be dragging your heart along the ground. From now on, little by little, you must prepare yourself to face death. If you devote all of your future energy to living, you will not be able to die well. You must begin to shift gears, a little at a time. Living and dying are, in a sense, of equal value."--Nimit in "Thailand”
Haruki Murakami, After the Quake


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message 1: by Shad (new)

Shad I have a basement full of twinkies and ammo. I'm hoping that will get me far enough. If not I will leave notes.


W.B. Twinkies with ammo are a scary thought.

Will they be musical notes?

Survivalism Sonata?


message 3: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I haven't read Murakami in some time, but I remember getting a kick out of the guy. His brand of "magical realism" is much less somber than the Latin American variety. It's more sarcastic, quirky, and light. Dammit, though, I can't remember the novel of his I read.


W.B. Hi Stephen.

Welcome to the walking amnesiacs club.

I'm learning Icelandic on the Ahlzeimer's plan...

I've done chapter 7 seven times I think...it's refreshingly new each time.

Bless bless!


message 5: by Shad (new)

Shad did I say notes? I meant litotes.

Murakami's not bad, but I need a writer to be part of a literary movement dead at least 100 years to be enthusiastic...otherwise you're just inviting _____.


message 6: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Hey William,

best of luck with the Icelandic. It's a shame the way Ahlzeimer's is wasted on the old.


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