神の子どもたちはみな踊る [Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru]

神の子どもたちはみな踊る [Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru]okay well this was certainly interesting.um, what was that frog story I liked some stories, others not so much.Will pick upMurakami later on.3.5 stars. No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself The Great Hanshin earthquake or Kobe earthquake occurred on 17th January 1995 and affected over a million lives in the southern part of the Hy go Prefecture The loss of almost 6500 lives and the ruins of Kobe left a bruise at the country s core After the Quake doesn t chronicle the events of the earthquake, although all its stories have a vague connection to the disaster However, instead of putting his characters at the very core of the disaster and writing about it, Murakami chooses to write about the nation s response and the weight on its conscience to showcase the earthquake s impact. The Six Stories In Haruki Murakami S Mesmerizing Collection Are Set At The Time Of The CatastrophicKobe Earthquake, When Japan Became Brutally Aware Of The Fragility Of Its Daily Existence But The Upheavals That Afflict Murakami S Characters Are Even Deeper And Mysterious, Emanating From A Place Where The Human Meets The Inhuman An Electronics Salesman Who Has Been Abruptly Deserted By His Wife Agrees To Deliver An Enigmatic Package And Is Rewarded With A Glimpse Of His True Nature A Man Who Has Been Raised To View Himself As The Son Of God Pursues A Stranger Who May Or May Not Be His Human Father A Mild Mannered Collection Agent Receives A Visit From A Giant Talking Frog Who Enlists His Help In Saving Tokyo From Destruction As Haunting As Dreams, As Potent As Oracles, The Stories InAfter The Quake Are Further Proof That Murakami Is One Of The Most Visionary Writers At Work Today My favorite Murakami short story of all time is The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday So when I realized halfway through the last story in After the Quake that the main character was the same one from Kidney Shaped Stone, it was as if the planets had aligned, the clouds parted and a single shaft of sunlight shot down to bathe me in a golden glow everything was perfect in the universe And of course Honey Pie is now my second favorite Murakami story of all time It s a rare writer that can pull off the elegant and sentimental alongside the bizarre and hilarious, but Murakami is one of those writers The man is truly genius It took me a long time to figure out how to write this review without sounding like a crazed fangirl I guess all I can really talk about is the way I feel after reading After the Quake I felt happy in the way that you do when you hear a song for the first time and realize, Hey, this is really good, but I also felt sad After the Quake was so brilliant that I didn t want the stories to end, and when they did, I felt like I was saying good bye to a dear friend. I don t know how Haruki Murakami deals with the pressure of being my favorite writer Does he realize what kind of pedestal I ve place him on Does it keep him up at night I m forever waiting to be disappointed by one of his books I mean, the guy can t be PERFECT, can he Well it hasn t happened yet This slim little volume of short stories only six of them in all , all loosely connected to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, didn t garner as much critical acclaim as some of Murakami s other books And, to be honest, the first couple of stories were just okay solid, but not what I would necessarily call genius , which is what I always expect from this guy But then I read the last two stories The first, Super Frog Saves Tokyo the title is self explanatory, really , is the weirdest of the bunch And the second, Honey Pie , fits with Murakami sromantic and sentimental work which my wife, a fellow Murakami lover, always says she enjoysBoth knocked my socks off And so, seven or eight books into his oeuvre, this guy s still perfect. , , 800 , ,in one sitting, And then it struck him what lay buried far down under the earth on which his feet were so firmly planted the ominous rumbling of the deepest darkness, secret rivers that transported desire, slimy creatures writhing, the lair of earthquakes ready to transform whole cities into mounds of rubble These, too, were helping to create the rhythm of the earth After reading his sole non fiction work, Underground The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, about the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack on March 20, 1995, I was led to this collection of fictional short stories set in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake of January 17, 1995, which occurred only two months before the gas attack However the Kobe earthquake is just a sombre backdrop for the stories the characters are only loosely connected to Kobe, and it feltlike Murakami intended to display the Japanese psyche, in which the earthquake served as a metaphor for the characters state of mind Indeed, it felt as if I was wading through the rubble of their minds, and witnessing the ruptures and shaking of their emotional lives Not unsimilar to the interviews with several members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that was responsible for the gas attack in Underground , we are shown the emptiness, darkness and existential despair that Murakami s characters experience in their lives Personal tragedy and the feeling that there s something missing in our lives can indeed lead us spiritual creatures to mediums, religions and cults like Aum So perhaps we should think of After the Quake as an investigation of the psychic preconditions for the attackThe whole terrible fight occurred in the area of imagination That is the precise location of our battlefield It s there that we experience our victories and our defeats Each and every one of us is a being of limited duration all of us eventually go down to defeat . After the Quake, Haruki Murakami After the Quake is a collection of 6 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, written between 1999 and 2000 First published in Japan in 2000, it was released in English as after the quake in 2002 translator Jay Rubin notes that Murakami insisted the title should be all lower case.Contents UFO in Kushiro Landscape with Flatiron All God s Children Can Dance Thailand Super Frog Saves Tokyo Honey Pie 20 2012 1387 168 1391 128 9789643517052 1395 1392 144 9786001193415 1394 159 9786001170225 1396 160 9786001172540 . This was my first time reading Haruki Murakami s writing, and I was indeedthan intrigued and impressed The six stories in this mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence But the upheavals that afflict Murakami s characters are even deeper andmysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.My two favorite stories thailand honey pie thailand This short story follows Satsuki a professional pathologist moving back to Japan after she became fed up with living in America for over a decade, researching the immune function of the thyroid gland A lot of events occur over the course of Satsuki s story, when she ends up having her dreams foretold, which is one of my favorite things in booksShe says that there is a stone inside your body A hard, white stone About the size of a child s fist She does not know where it came from A stone Satsuki asked There is something written on the stone, but she cannot read it because it is in Japanese small black characters of some kind The stone and its inscription are old, old things You have been living with them inside you for a very long time You must get rid of the stone Otherwise, after you die and are cremated, only the stone will remain I live this kind of stuffYou are going to have a dream soon about a large snake In your dream, it will be easing its way out of a hole in a wall a green, scaly snake Once it has pushed out three feet from the wall, you must grab its neck and never let go The snake will look very frightening, but in fact it can do you no harm, so you must not be frightened Hold on to it with both hands Think of it as your life, and hold on to it with all your strength Keep holding it until you wake from your dream The snake will swallow your stone for you Do you understand It gave me chills.thailand ends with quite an open ending as most of the stories did in this collection Overall, it was a strange but insightful read I liked it the most from all the other tales honey pie The concluding story is about the tight knit threesome of Junpei, Takatsuki, and Sayoko with born short story writer, Junpei, at the center of this story It was a lovely tale about friendships, love, storytelling, and so muchBut I especially loved the tales Junpei told Sayoko s daughter, SalaJunpei often made up stories for Sala when she went to bed And whenever she didn t understand something, she would ask him to explain Junpei gave a lot of thought to his answers Sala s questions were always sharp and interesting, and while he was thinking about them he could also come up with new twists to the story Also, how great was Sayoko with her random bra trickSayoko was wearing a baggy black crewneck sweater She put both hands on the table and counted, One two three Like a turtle pulling into its shell, she slipped her right hand up inside her sleeve, and then there was a light back scratching kind of movement Out came the right hand again, and the left hand went up its sleeve Sayoko turned her head just a bit, and the left hand came out holding a white bra a small one with no wires Without the slightest wasted motion, the hand and bra went back up the sleeve, and the hand came out again Then the right hand pulled in, poked around at the back, and came out again The end Sayoko rested her right hand on her left on the table Twenty five seconds, Sala said That s great, Mommy, a new record Your best time so far was thirty six seconds One of the funniest and brilliant moments that I ve encountered while reading Overall, I m really glad I gave this short story collection a try, and I can t wait to readof Haruki Murakami s charm and wit in his other worksNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying After the Quake, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi.com bookspoils

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  • 神の子どもたちはみな踊る [Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru]
  • Haruki Murakami
  • English
  • 18 August 2017

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