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Yoshiya lives with his mother, who has recently been away helping her religious group provide earthquake relief.

In typical Murakami style some stories include the surreal whilst others focus on people whose lives somehow feel empty, at least at that moment; some are outsiders and some seem a little lost. As the bonfires dies, they talk about dreams and death; Miyake says he often dreams that he horrifyingly dies trapped in a refrigerator and mentions that Jack London also thought he was going to drown to death so he killed himself with morphine instead.

I also really enjoyed this book because they were all stories that took place in Japan and were about the Japanese culture. In this collection of six short stories the relationship of the narrative to the earthquake itself is sometimes clear but at other time obscure. Ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart. I enjoyed how enigmatic everything seemed in the opening story, "UFO in Kushiro," a story in which the main character's wife leaves him after watching coverage of the earthquake.

Overall, I'm really glad I gave this short story collection a try, and I can't wait to read more of Haruki Murakami's charm and wit in his other works. In a dance with the delights of Murakami's imagination we experience the limitless possibilities of fiction. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Well it seems that Murakami is better with 3000 page novels than with short stories: even if each one starts interestingly, he seems to run into trouble when it comes to ending a story rapidly.Recitava Agostino d'Ippona che "vivere nel rancore è l'equivalente di bere un veleno e sperare che sia l'altro a morire". In fact, all of ATQ’s stories are suffused with Junpei’s desire: a hunger for fiction that can offer alternatives to the cycle of violence and revenge, within which characters remain trapped. With scenes that evoke the aftermath of disaster and its emotional reckonings, the stories of ATQ disassemble the architecture of ideas about national trauma, leaving behind the amorphousness of feeling, brought to life in the form of giant frogs, talking bears, and misguided messiahs.

I consider them quite a random bunch of stories that happened to be written after a natural disaster which briefly appears in the pages. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. The literary references, from Hemingway to Dostoevsky to Tolstoy, that Frog interjects into conversations adds to the humor and the sense of the impossible taking shape.It became a catalyst for individuals to reassess their lives with unexpected consequences for themselves and their families and friends around them. Junpei fills the void and is eventually told by Takatsuki that he should marry Sayoko; Junpei is unsure regarding whether it is the right thing to do. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami's characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

All six stories are told in the third person, as opposed to Murakami's much more familiar first person narrative established in his previous work. I thought that it was a slow burn, but I also liked the meditative quality of "Landscape with Flatiron.L'attaccamento alla vita precedente è l'anticamera della morte interiore; la morte del passato la scelta più dolorosa e necessaria per rinascere in un'altra esistenza e accettare che, alle volte, le cose cambiano assieme a noi; e forse a prescindere da noi. ATQ is wonderfully translated by Jay Rubin, a master at bringing out Murakami’s peculiar version of loneliness and alienation. All these stories revolve around the idea of identity and this one is probably the most blatant about it, in which a man starts looking at his own after his wife leaves him.

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