After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

The six tales in Haruki Murakami’s enchanting assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, while Japan turned brutally conscious of the fragility of its day-by-day lifestyles. however the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and extra mysterious, emanating from a spot the place the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been unexpectedly abandoned via his spouse consents to bring an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his precise nature. a guy who has been raised to view himself because the son of God pursues a stranger who may well or will not be his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from a tremendous speaking frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as desires, as effective as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are extra facts that Murakami is likely one of the such a lot visionary writers at paintings this present day.

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That’s the time of year when the bears are getting ready to hibernate, so they’re out looking for food and they’re really dangerous. Sometimes they attack people. They did an awful job on one hiker just three days before we went out. So somebody gave us a bell to carry—about the same size as a wind-bell. You’re supposed to shake it when you walk so the bears know there are people around and won’t come out. Bears don’t attack people on purpose. I mean, they’re pretty much vegetarians. They don’t have to attack people.

All he had to do was look at the way the pieces of wood were combined to begin having mental images of the subtlest movement of the rising flames, the way a sculptor can imagine the pose of a figure hidden in a lump of stone. Miyake took his time, but once he had everything arranged to his satisfaction, he nodded as if to say to himself, That’s it: perfect. Next, he bunched up sheets of newspaper that he had brought along, slipped them through the gaps at the bottom of the pile, and lit them with a plastic cigarette lighter.

But after getting married, at twenty-six, he found that his desire for sexual adventures simply—and mysteriously—vanished. He hadn’t slept with any woman but his wife during the five years of their marriage. Not that the opportunity had never presented itself—but he had lost all interest in fleeting affairs and one-night stands. He much preferred to come home early, have a relaxed meal with his wife, talk with her for a while on the sofa, then go to bed and make love. This was everything he wanted.

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