Title: After the Quake
Author: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator)
Published: 2000
Language: English (translated from Japanese)
Pages: 147
Rating: 3/5

A collection of short stories which are all set around the time of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and characters experience deep upheaval in different ways.

This is my second Murakami book and I really liked this, perhaps even more than Norwegian Wood, though they get the same rating. This is weirder, which is probably why I like it more.

I'd say I connected with about half of the stories in this, but the ones I did, I really enjoyed. The rest fell a little short, though they all have that strangeness to them that I like. There's also a lot of humanity in it, that is quite relatable.

This is one of those books where you're bound to not understand everything, which I know some people dislike, but I actually appreciate. Some things and especially humans are difficult to understand at times and it's written that way.

This has really sparked flames into my wish to read more Murakami, because I really like his writing style. I wouldn't recommend it if you don't like weird things though, but if you do, I'd recommend this one. I think maybe it's a good place to start with Murakami as well, but I've only read two books, so I might be wrong.

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