After the Quake
A more dramatic and poetic mini-collection of short stories (six to be exact) and all of which occurred after the Kobe earthquake. There were still peculiar characters and inscrutable endings which I liked. Two stories—incidentally, the last two offerings of the book—made their impact and the other four, in my opinion, were neither amazing nor atrocious.
The first favorite would be "Super Frog Saves Tokyo". Murakami injected awesome funny lines here. Events were well-described. I can even imagine the worms of different sizes told. The second one would be "Honey Pie". I have mentioned in my review of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman that I enjoyed “The Kidney Shaped Stone That Moves Everyday” and guess what? The main character, Junpei, stars again and this time his story has a more acceptable ending. A great choice to be the final story for this collection.
After the quake has its beautiful strangeness—it’s just that, as what I’ve said above—only two out of six stories really got me. Nonetheless, I still had a good time reading this one! It’s really hard not to adore Murakami’s talent.