Underground The Tokyo Gas Attack And The Japanese Psyche Alternate cover edition here In spite of the perpetrators intentions the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after effects Murakami int

  • Title: Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack And The Japanese Psyche
  • Author: Haruki Murakami
  • ISBN: 9781860467578
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alternate cover edition here.In spite of the perpetrators intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after effects Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that day He also interviews members and ex members of the doomsdays cult responsible, in theAlternate cover edition here.In spite of the perpetrators intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after effects Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that day He also interviews members and ex members of the doomsdays cult responsible, in the hope that they might be able to explain the reason for the attack and how it was that their guru instilled such devotion in his followers.

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    1. Amazing, thoughtful compilation of interviews conducted by Murakami. While the accounts of the gas attack itself are both shocking and fascinating, it also gives invaluable insight into what it means to be Japanese and the life that is expected of you. In fact, when reading the rigid and all-prevailing work ethic of the commuters on their way to work on the doomed trains, the sense of entrapping routine makes you wonder how 'crazy' the interviewed Aum members are for wanting to escape it. A cult [...]

    2. On March 20, 1995, during the morning rush hour, five men dropped 11 bags of sarin on five subway trains in Tokyo. They punctured the plastic bags with the sharpened ends of umbrellas and exited the cars as the deadly liquid leaked onto the floor and evaporated into the air of the crowded trains. In the end, 13 people were killed and 6,300 more were injured, many of them left blind or paralyzed. Japan was flung into crisis mode. The men who caused the havoc were members of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japan [...]

    3. "without a proper ego nobody can create a personal narrative, any more than you can drive a car without an engine, or cast a shadow without a real physical object. But once you've consigned your ego to someone else, where on earth do you go from there?"-- Haruki Murakami, UndergroundLooking back 20 years to the Tokyo Gas Attack, it seems inevitable that Murakami would write about it. Writing about dark tunnels that bridge both the victims and the devout, that link a damp tongue of evil with the [...]

    4. There was a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway system carried out in 1995 by a religious cult called Aum. They released poison gas, called sarin, during rush hour on several different train lines, killing 13 people, and injuring hundreds of others. This book contains interviews of people caught in the attack, as well as interviews of members of the Aum cult, although none of them were perpetrators of the attack.As a reader from another country, I feel like I'm missing a lot. I read the book fe [...]

    5. I had to learn more about the Japanese as a form of consciousness. - Haruki MurakamiI've always known Murakami for his mystical, mythical stories. Following his characters is usually like taking dancing classes: the first steps seem quite sensible but soon you find yourself in an inextricable knot that you don't know how to get out of. His stories are from another realm, to such an extent that Murakami himself seemed way out there. I always pictured him as a black-clad dreamweaver, spinning his [...]

    6. This is actually two books. Part I (1-223), titled "Underground" (Andaguraundo) was published in 1997; Part II ("The Place that was Promised") was written and published separately the following year.Part I consists of interviews with the victims (see updates; this section is too long and is tedious). Part II consists of interviews with members and former members of Aum Shinrikyo.And this is where things get really weird.enpedia/wiki/Aum_ShinThe members of this cult -- who resemble a cross betwee [...]

    7. Words can be practically useless at times, but as a writer they're all I have.A group of people killed another group of people. I could be talking about a number of things. A description of the present. An incident in history. A prediction of the future. The final result of brainwashing. The beginning of a new era. A cause. A conclusion. The means. The end. A resolution. An excuse. The threat executed by an oppressor. The exigency fulfilled by a nation. Culture clash. Revolution. Murder. Self-de [...]

    8. The bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami gives a Studs Terkelish treatment to the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995 which killed 12 and injured hundreds. There's a great deal about Terkel's methods to like (when Terkel uses them), but they fall flat here. I don't think the oral history treatment works well in this instance, in which every victim is in the same location (the subway system) and is subjected to the same assault; the approximately 30 victim accounts are extremely repetitive, which bec [...]

    9. [library]This is a book about the sarin attack in the Tokyo subway system on March 20, 1995. As you would expect from Murakami, it is thoughtful and careful. It consists primarily of interviews; the first part, Underground, is interviews with survivors; the second part, The Place that was Promised, is interviews with members and former members of Aum Shinrikyo, the cult responsible for the attacks. The translation, insofar as I can judge, seems good. I hope it's accurate. The one thing I would h [...]

    10. The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground.The sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in 1995 were perpetrated by Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese religious cult, and attracted wide media attention. Aum emerged in 1984 when previously strict measures by the Japanese government against new religions were relaxed. During the post-war American occupation and in the years following, this laxness was an attempt to show that the new polit [...]

    11. Mình đang đọc phần đầu tiên của cuốn sách, khi Haruki tiến hành phỏng vấn các nạn nhân bị nhiễm chất độc sarin. Thật sự xúc động! Và cảm phục người Nhật sâu sắc tới tận cùng. Về cách họ hành xử trong tình huống ấy, cách họ nhìn nhận và đối diện với vết thương cả thể xác lẫn tinh thần của không chỉ bản thân họ, mà của cả người thân của họ.Mình mới đọc được khoản [...]

    12. Murakami's Underground was by turns devastating and intriguing. There were moments I wanted to abandon humanity in a wastebin behind an abortion clinic and others when I sat there dumbfounded, thinking Wow, humanity, you're like the most interesting people on earth. Love to hate to love to hate. Again and again.That's what books about patent insanities do to me.Underground chronicles the psychological aftermath of Aum Shinrikyo's 1995 deposit of Sarin nerve gas across several of the mass-transit [...]

    13. The Beginning: Two men were assigned to drop sarin gas on the Chiyda line: Ikuo Hayashi and Tomomitsu Niimi.In ‘Underground’, Murakami interviews victims of the Tokyo gas attack. He asks them about their life and work, makes them describe in detail how they experienced the attack, what happened afterwards and how their life has been ever since.It was a terrifying yet fascinating read. You could feel the claustrophobia and fear as people in the underground discovered that something was wrong, [...]

    14. Đọc Ngầm, tôi sợ. Tôi thấy mình cứ yếu đi dần dần với mỗi chân dung người hiện ra. Chưa có quyển sách nào của Murakami lại khiến tôi sợ đến vậy. Thường sách của Murakami sẽ khiến tôi hơi khó hiểu chỗ này chỗ kia, bối rối và mệt mỏi truy tìm ý nghĩa một chút. Ngầm thì là sách phi hư cấu, nhưng lại khiến tôi sợ kinh khủng. Không phải nỗi sợ mơ hồ những điều không đoán định [...]

    15. On March 20, 1995 a Japanese religious cult, called Aum Shinrikyo released sarin gas onto five subway trains during the morning rush hour. Cult members entered trains near the front with two or three newspaper-wrapped packets of sarin, piercing the packets with sharpened umbrellas the members were able to get off the train with minimal injury due to the gas.In Japan, this book was published as two: the first being interviews with sarin survivors that had been affected in some way, even just havi [...]

    16. I still remember the first time I came across this book at the local used-book store. I was about to check out with my purchases when I noticed a book with Murakami written on its spine behind the woman at the counter, so I asked her for it & quickly looked up the book on . But I wasn't really keen on non-fiction back then, someone on my friends' list had given it a one-star rating & I being short on cash conspired together & I didn't buy it. Bad judgement on my part, now that I thin [...]

    17. This a collection of interviews with the victims of the Tokyo subway gas attack, in the first part, and with some (ex)members of the cult that did carry out the attack. Although I did find the latter part more interesting, the first one is very revealing as well. Murakami sets out to show how the event was felt by those directly involved in it. What exactly happened that very morning? What did people do? Who reacted how? And the answers are very surprising, at times unbelievable. One of the most [...]

    18. Two parts-- heart-wrenching and tragic, harrowing and too emotional, the insight views from both affected victims/families and cult members, past and present. I love reading part one though quite distressing and redundant but reading on how people felt about the tragedy was an eye-opener. I like that the interviews not covered only about the tragedy but as well as the victims personal life, their relationship, work life and the after effect. In part two I see a different views from the cult memb [...]

    19. พอไม่ใช่นิยายก็ใช้เวลาอ่านนานโข เดือนครึ่งเชียวกว่าจะจบ นับถือในความทุ่มเทของเฮียและทีมงานในการรวบรวมข้อมูลและสัมภาษณ์ผู้ประสบภัยในเหตุการณ์ปล่อยแก๊สซารินในรถไฟใต้ดินเม [...]

    20. This is not your typical non-fiction book for various reasons. The largest part of the book includes interviews with survivors of the attack or relatives of those who did not survive. Murakami describes his method of finding the interviewees, convincing them to talk (which would have been a challenge in 1990s Japanese society), meeting with them, & recording their words. I worked for Japanese companies for over ten years (so I worked with many Japanese co-workers) & the survivor sections [...]

    21. This is really 2 books - one of interviews with victims of the Tokyo sarin bombing and the other, interviews with ex-members of the cult behind it. The first was pretty compelling reading and really gets into the personalities of the victims, the effect it had on them and what it was like to be there. The second half, I found quite heavy going, though. Miracle that more people weren't killed and that having taken place so many years ago, it hasn't happened again. Never did like going on undergro [...]

    22. I read it to get a better understanding of 1Q84. I wouldn’t say it’s essential reading for it, but it's very helpful to understanding the book’s themes and characters. Underground is a non-fiction account of Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway in March, 1995. Aum Shinrikyo was a doomsday cult and the attack happened to fulfil its leader’s prophecy that a gas attack in Tokyo was to start the Third World War and lead to Armageddon. The attack killed 13 people ( [...]

    23. This book proves two things I've long suspected about Murakami Haruki. One is that he'd be a lot more interesting if he'd deny his own ego every once in a while, and the second is that he is not very skilled at analysis. This book of Murakami's is nonfiction and almost entirely the compiled testimonies of survivors of the March 20, 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway.At first the experiment is absolutely absorbing. In his prologue, Murakami promises to explore the kind of "double victimization [...]

    24. Un libro salvaje y caotico que nos muestra a una sociedad que nos sorprende cada que conocemos algo nuevo de esta.Las entrevistas pueden llegar a ser repetitivas ya que todos cuentan lo que sucedió pero Murakami indaga mas en el interior de la personas afectada y en su vida cotidiana, las entrevistas son amenas y esto nos hace ponernos en el lugar del entrevistado.Murakami adentra al atentado con un epilogo y nos presenta las entrevistas que fueron organizadas conforme las lineas del metro afec [...]

    25. Confession: I'm currently obsessed with Haruki Murakami. Am I an aging hipster? Yes, probably.Does that negate the fact that he's a magician that rewires your brain? No.Murakami's nonfiction over fiction? I prefer his novels. I'm a Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood, Colorless Tsukuru type of girl.Did you enjoy Underground? Yes! Totally. I appreciated his empathy and story telling through fact. BUT I feel like I'm going to be that person who will read the complete works of Murakami so I can feel [...]

    26. Một quyển sách rất bổ ích, nhưng mà tui hông thích bàn luận tôn giáo và những khái niệm trừu tượng trong này. Thấy nó rắc rối tợn :(

    27. Σε κάθε κεφάλαιο του βιβλίου μιλάει ένας μάρτυρας για την εμπειρία που είχε κατά την τρομοκρατική επίθεση στο μετρό του Τόκιο.Το βιβλίο πηγαίνει κάπως έτσι: Μάρτυρας 1: Βοήθησα τον Κυρ-Παντελή που είχε πέσει και δε μπορούσε να βγει από το μετρό.Μάρτυρας 2: Βοήθησα τον Μάρτυρα [...]

    28. I'm planning to visit Japan in August and so when I found Haruki Murakami's work of journalism Underground at Kramerbooks in D.C I bought it immediately, for who can resist a book subtitled "The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche"? The first, and bigger, part of the book consists of interviews with the victims of the gas attacks, and the family of those who died. These interviews are ordered according to the subway lines on which the Aum attack on March 20, 1995, a Monday, took place. Diss [...]

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