Jay Dee Archer's Reviews > 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake

2 by Jake Adelstein
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May 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, ebooks, 2010s
Read from March 20 to May 08, 2012

Having been through the earthquake that is written about in this book, it brought back many vivid memories of March 11, 2011. This book shouldn't be taken as a professionally written book by an author, it is a collection of experiences by people who lived through the disasters or were indirectly affected by it. I almost participated in it, but didn't get around to it. A lot of what is written in this book shows how varied the experiences were. It is well worth the read to see what it was really like.

While it isn't professionally written, although some of the contributors are published authors, it doesn't detract from how important this book is. It was created as a way to generate money to be donated to the relief efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan. It took only one week to make the first draft, which is extremely impressive. Our Man in Abiko did an amazing job coordinating the entire project and editing this book.

Don't expect amazing narrative or prose when reading this, but please read it to see what it was like to experience a 9.0 magnitude megathrust earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear disaster. Highly recommended!

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34.0% "Interesting reading some responses to the earthquake were quite extreme. One saying it would be impossible to return to Sendai."
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