Japan Sinks

Japan Sinks A chillingly realistic work of science fiction The New York Times After dropping anchor for the night near a small island to the south of Japan a crew of fishermen awaken to find that the island has

  • Title: Japan Sinks
  • Author: Sakyo Komatsu Michael Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780486802923
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Japan Sinks

    A chillingly realistic work of science fiction The New York Times.After dropping anchor for the night near a small island to the south of Japan, a crew of fishermen awaken to find that the island has vanished without a trace An investigating scientist theorizes that the tiny island has succumbed to the same force that divided the Japanese archipelago from the mainlan A chillingly realistic work of science fiction The New York Times.After dropping anchor for the night near a small island to the south of Japan, a crew of fishermen awaken to find that the island has vanished without a trace An investigating scientist theorizes that the tiny island has succumbed to the same force that divided the Japanese archipelago from the mainland and that the disastrous shifting of a fault in the Japan Trench has placed the entire country in danger of being swallowed by the sea.Based on rigorous scientific speculation, Japan Sinks recounts a completely credible series of geological events The story unfolds from multiple points of view, offering fascinating perspectives on the catastrophe s political, social, and psychological effects Winner of the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Seiun Award, this prescient 1973 science fiction novel foreshadowed the consequences of the 1995 Osaka Kobe earthquake and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

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    1. Karen

      I have no idea where I got the idea to read this book. None. It’s Japanese sci-fi, in translation, from 1971. It’s not on any lists that I might have encountered, and I can’t think of what else I might have been reading reviews of that would have had someone mention this; people at often refer to other books that I fairly often investigate to some degree. But I went searching for this book, and requested it from Central Storage at the library. It was waiting for me. I don’t know how man [...]

    2. Angesehen

      Много развлекателна книга.Разбира се, не се съмнявах в това,тъй като вече бях чел книга от Комацу-"Денят на възраждането". Думичка по думичка,глава по глава изчетох наистина грандиозна идея представена от автора. Нещо,което ме накара да се замисля веднага за нашето бъдеще,до [...]

    3. Lei

      It's a good book, but I cannot give it a high rating. It's not friendly to non-Japanese reader and requires lots of different knowledge.

    4. Quiet

      I'm rating this book a "3," but I'd by no means say "Japan Sinks" is really an average book. I think there's quite a lot going on in this rather famous Sci-Fi novel (and actual Science-Fiction; lots and lots of accurate information to back up the plot), and the characters are, while limited, thoroughly unique and engaging. But there are two things holding me back from admiring this book more, and those are---1) Alike what happens with most literature that puts a big emphasis on action and activi [...]

    5. David Bales

      A rather plodding, but classic, novel by Sakyo Komatsu where Japan, (nobody does disasters like Japan) suffers through intense earthquakes and violent volcanic eruptions and sinks into the ocean; every Korean's dream.

    6. Ghostcat

      While this book lacks style and real characters development it is a page turner and the plausibility of the events makes it really scary. The most interesting part in my opinion was the political aspect of such an event and what it reveals of the humanity of governments.

    7. Ints

      Šī ir no tām fantastikas pasaulē sērijas grāmatām, kuras formāts neatbilst pārējo sērijas grāmatu formām. Domāju, ka daudziem cilvēkiem savulaik šāds pavērsiens izraisīja šoku, kad mazā grāmatele pēkšņi izplūda standarta grāmatā, sačakarējot visu skatu plauktā. Šī iemesla dēļ es šo grāmatu bērnībā nemaz nepieskaitīju šai sērijai, jo nevar būt tik atšķirīgs izskats! Savukārt līmētās lapaspuses nodrošina to, ka grāmata lasīšanas procesā izjū [...]

    8. J.C.

      A Japanese disaster story from the early '70s, very heavy on the science but not so much that its unreadable. The descriptions of the destruction and volcanic eruptions and earthquakes were very vivid and excellent. It was a little hard to believe that our hero could survive being at the center of so many cataclysmic events but if The Rock can do it. A good read if you can find a copy.

    9. Lectrice Hérétique

      Voici un roman assez court et bien curieux. Amateur de sagas à grand spectacle, passez votre chemin. Du grand spectacle en voici, mais de la saga, des héros flamboyants, des personnages hauts en couleurs, point. L’auteur nous propose d’assister à la submersion du Japon, rien de moins, mais rien de plus. Uniquement les faits, froids et tragiques, sans fioritures. Les personnages évoqués sont loin d’être le centre du livre, il ne font que servir un intrigue plus proche de l’étude de [...]

    10. Angel 一匹狼

      In the foreword to "Japan Sinks", the author, Komatsu, tells you that you have in your hands an abridged version. As much as I dislike the idea of abridged versions (it is already too bad that I cannot read in all the languages of the world), I decided to keep reading.And "Japan Sinks" does for an interesting time. It is not great literature, and (probably because of it being abridged) things jump and stutter, and the pace is not great, the book with little rhythm throughout the length of the st [...]

    11. Ron

      A pretty good read, made all the more interesting by recent events in Japan. Still living in Japan after a number of years and watching the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan's northeast, I found his description of Japanese government authorities' reactions toward and actions during Japan's breaking apart spot on. The book is sci-fi in the sense of being about an event so beyond belief that it likely (hopefully) won't turn out to be true, yet the book also delves into the Japanese psyche and cultur [...]

    12. Kevin Dio

      Un excellent roman, qui est cependant parfois difficile à lire. Le point de vue abordé est intéressant : l'auteur ne s'est pas contenté de décrire la submersion du Japon, mais les 9/10ème du livre sont consacrés à la préparation de cette submersion d'un point de vue politique. Les recherches, le dilemme politique, l'attente du gouvernement avant de le dire au peuple pour pouvoir en sauver un plus grand nombre Avec tout le long des éruptions par dizaines, des séismes plus ou moins grav [...]

    13. Jayziel

      If I am a Japanese, or living in Japan, I would be scared to hell of this book.Volcanic eruptions, tsunami, fire, mist, storm, and all sorts of natural calamities in your country. Your own country. Unbelievably sinking at an incredible speed. Slowly killing people on different islands. The author used words very creatively. You can especially feel the Japan shake and sink with his descriptive way. And it's obvious that the author spent time in writing this. He's not a scientist, a meteorologist [...]

    14. the gift

      this is not a particularly well-written book, in terms of poetics, character, plot, theme. this book is very easy to read, short, in describing why i give it a three- it is the disaster movie to end all disaster movies, at least before films like day after tomorrow or 2012. it is a fascinating portrayal of how japanese society might react, politically, to this entire existential threat. perhaps it only works if you look past the writing, if you have read much japanese literature, seen films, rea [...]

    15. Alexander Case

      Japan Sinks is sort of the literary equivalent of the big disaster movie, like The Day After Tomorrow, or 2012. The cause of the catastrophe is a force of nature, and the story focuses primarily on how humanity responds to the destruction, in this case the literal sinking of Japan. In particular, the focus is somewhat on how Japan would respond to a catastrophe like this one, and also how the international community would respond, considering Japan's cultural xenophobia and how spectacularly Jap [...]

    16. Stuart

      A well written, somber disaster epic. Tectonic plate movement forces the Japanese archipelago to be pushed off the continental shelf. The event is discovered with only about three years warning. The novel's focus is on the reaction of the scientists, the government and the people of Japan to the imminent demise of their culture, history and future. Individual reactions are mixed with the collective reaction of society. Perhaps it is an idealized view of how people would react in the face of a di [...]

    17. Emmanuel

      c'est un peu l'inverse du formidable événement de Maurice Leblanc : au lieu de la mer qui disparaît entre la France et l'Angleterre, la mer va submerger le Japon. Et au lieu de voir les conséquences et les réactions a posteriori, on suit les signes avant-coureurs, les intuitions des scientifiques, les préparatifs des politiques.Bonne littérature catastrophe avec différents points de vue pour une exploration de l'"âme japonaise".

    18. Montgomery Webster

      Story: 6 / 10Characters: 5Setting: 10Prose: 4Consider skipping this "quintessential" Japanese science-fiction novel. I came across it on a Top 10 Japanese SF list, which also included 2 other books by Komatsu. However, neither the prose nor the story structure are very strong. Only the story concept is interesting. But what good is a concept without the execution?Certainly don't read this book before going to Japan for the first time

    19. Steve Joyce

      The pace of (and interest in) Japan Sinks increases considerably as the chapters move through scientific discovery of the possible upcoming tragedy, international negotiations for mass emigration and the ultimate sinking of the archipelago itself. Way more than a "disaster" tale; actually very touching and insightful.

    20. Jaime Contreras

      I picked this up in Disney World several years back. I think it is an overlooked gem of realistic science fiction. Imagine, the Japanese nation disappearing because the island nation is threatened by natural disasters. The resulting need to move the population adds to the layered disaster. The science is real and the heroes are noble in this great novel

    21. Fishface

      Fun disaster story about the worst-case scenario: what would happen if they didn't get a break between all those cataclysmic earthquakes in Japan? It's no "Poseidon Adventure" and I have to say I was a little annoyed at the schlocky romance stuck in there to give it some human interest, but the idea of Japan sinking into the ocean, never to be seen again, makes for a rousing read.

    22. Jon Holt

      A lot of SF technobabble for most of the novel. Maybe it's science, I don't know. The characters do a lot of worrying about the science, so it's not until the last few chapters when, well, you know, Japan sinks, that it becomes a compelling story.

    23. Eli Morikawa

      Nunca había leído ciencia ficción japonesa. Y me sorprende en sobremanera como desarrolla el autor un nuevo tipo de nacionalismo ante un cataclismo inevitable y natural, más terrorífico que una bomba o una guerra.

    24. Sae-chan

      --I think I have written the review beforewhere did it go?--A bit difficult for me to understand all the scientific explanation. A beautiful look at love of one's land, one's country, one's people. You don't have to be born in a country to love it.

    25. James Eckman

      I read it many years ago, but compared to American or English disaster novels it doesn't hold up that well.

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