By Haruki Murakami
The six tales in Haruki Murakami's spell binding assortment are set on the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, whilst 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 through his spouse consents to convey 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 possibly or will not be his human father. A mild-mannered assortment agent gets a trip from an immense conversing frog who enlists his assist in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as goals, as effective as oracles, the tales in After the Quake are additional facts that Murakami is among the such a lot visionary writers at paintings today.
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How could I miss a tie like that? It looks like a red bandanna. ” “My mother gave me a hard time about it. ” Suddenly I wanted to cry. “She’s dying,” I said quietly. ” “Her lungs are weak. She’s hooked up to an oxygen machine in the hospital, and she wheezes when she breathes. Her eyes are gummed up. She’s old now and getting weaker all the time. ” “I’m very sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, I won’t be able visit her on this trip. ” 37 STONE “She told me I had to remember to say thank you when I saw you.
I took the ticket that Kyu-chan had stuck in my breast pocket and plunked it down on the little tray next to the driver’s seat. “All right,” he said. I didn’t bother to reply. I could tell he was still keeping an eye on me in his mirror. People’s eyes can stab like thorns. Sometimes the world feels like a hellhole of strangers’ eyes. My mother and I have crawled our way through it together all these years. On June 12, 1968, she got into a ﬁght on the train with two high school students who were looking at me with smirks on their faces.
I didn’t mind listening if she was having love problems. I may not be like other people—but even so, I don’t like being treated like an idiot. . my brother—well, he’s like you. But his case is much more serious. He can hardly speak. He has to live in a special home. He still comes back for the holidays, though. Whenever he gets annoyed, he sits down on the ﬂoor and refuses to budge. ” 27 STONE “I get like that, too, sometimes—so heavy I don’t know what to do. Sometimes I start beating myself around the head with my hands.
After the Quake (Stories) by Haruki Murakami