Dan Sandman

05: After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

In Books, Fiction on 31/01/2014 at 12:00 pm

After The Quake by Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami, without a doubt, is on of my favourite contemporary writers. In this collection of short stories, six in total, the Japanese writer is on top form. His characters are given just enough detail to make them feel real, yet they are often placed in situations that bring out a sense of unreality. It is this combination of realistic people and strange scenarios, coupled with a love for referencing music and literature, that makes Murakami’s world so uniquely enticing.

As a form of creative writing, the short story suits Murakami’s style well. Under the theme of events connected to the Kobe Earthquake of 1995, each story is given creative space to wander into new imaginative territory. There are six twenty paged gems, subtle in their approach, shown through the eyes of the individual, allowing those eyes to wander freely. The stories encourage second helpings and maybe more, maturing in the mind upon further reading and understanding.

Like memories or dreams do, good creative writing stretches the imagination. It opens new pathways for thought, and imprints a lasting impression on the senses. It is hard to define what makes good writing, but we can judge whether or not it is present by looking for the symptoms. When a story is good, it is to be shared with friends and talked about with enthusiasm; as though it were a fulfilling social encounter. A good story sits opposite the reader over a cup of tea and tells of its deepest secrets in the most brilliant, carefully constructed way. In a good story, every word contains a point and a purpose, each sentence bounces, as good music does, with rhythm and artistry. The stories in this book, short in length, are all excellent examples of good stories.

Very highly recommended.

  1. I am such a fan of this author!

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