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Underground by Haruki Murakami
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May 02, 2012

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Read from May 02 to 20, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. This is a piece of non-fiction. Murakami interviews victims of the Tokyo gas attack and then interviews members/former members of the Aum cult that ended up being the cause of the attack. I was disturbed by how poorly prepared the emergency services seemed to be when dealing with the attack. And not surprised by how little communication happened between passengers and subway workers. The interviews with Aum members were interesting too. Of course he didn't interview the ones who released the gas but it was interesting to hear more about Aum and why people joined and what it was like within the cult. I didn't know anything about the gas attack before reading this and I really felt it was a fascinating read. It also goes on to prove that Murakami isn't just a great surreal fiction writer but can pursue non-fiction and deliver an interesting piece of work.

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