アンダーグラウンド (Advanced Book Club)

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Where to buy

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Discussion Threads and Reading Schedule

We will start reading on May 25, 2024.

Week Start Date Chapter Start Page Page Count
Week 1 May 25 はじめに to 千代田線 Intro 6 20
Week 2 Jun 01 千代田線 Interviews 1-2 26 29
Week 3 Jun 08 千代田線 Interviews 3-5 56 37
Week 4 Jun 15 千代田線 Interviews 6-9 92 41
Week 5 Jun 22 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Intro - Interview 3 133 32
Week 6 Jun 29 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interviews 4-6 165 26
Week 7 Jul 06 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interviews 7-8 192 40
Week 8 Jul 13 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interview 9 to 丸ノ内線 - 池袋行き/折り返し Interview 2 232 37
Week 9 Jul 20 丸ノ内線 - 池袋行き/折り返し Interviews 3 to 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interview 1 269 30
Week 10 Jul 27 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interviews 2-4 299 37
Week 11 Aug 03 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interviews 5-8 336 40

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Discussion Rules

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Are you planning to read アンダーグラウンド with the book club?

  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No
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If so, which version will you be reading?

  • eBook
  • Paperback
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Hello and welcome to the アンダーグラウンド book club!

The book is very long (780 pages) so my idea is to read only a part of it in the book club (and then maybe finish it as a spin-off club if people are interested). It mainly consists of interviews (with eyewitnesses, I guess) that are related to the events on the numerous affected train lines.

Here is an overview of the book’s chapters:

Chapter Start Page Page Count weeks’ estimate
はじめに 6 16 1 week?
千代田線 22 111 4 weeks?
丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き 133 114 4 weeks?
丸ノ内線 - 池袋行き/折り返し 247 35 1 week?
日比谷線 - 中目黒発 282 95 3 weeks?
日比谷線 - 北千住発中目黒行き 377 359
目じるしのない悪夢 736 44

The page numbers are estimates derived from the BookWalker ebook, but I think that a few pages more or fewer should not affect us too much.

One possible option would be to read everything up to and including 日比谷線 - 中目黒発. That would be around 370 pages, which is a good size for an ABC book club, I think. Also, if Murakami is as easy to read in nonfiction as he is in his fiction books, we should be able to read this at a rather high speed after an initial ramp-up phase.
I’ve added a tentative weeks count above, but this is just a very rough sketch, and we’d need to have a closer look later on.

The upside of this approach would be that we get the full impression for most of the lines and directions as we will read all the interviews of each section, but the downside would be that we completely omit one of the lines. So maybe it would be more interesting to mix and match the interviews across all the lines? :thinking:

Let me know what you think!

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I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully commit to reading along with this, but if I were, I wouldn’t want to jump between parts. (sounds like a tracking-spreadsheet nightmare keeping track of that :smiley:) I’d prefer a linear approach, reading the first 370 pages sounds good. I suspect most people will end up reading the whole book if they’ve gotten that far in, but voting and picking and starting a new book in parallel sounds good, to not let the gap in-between polls get too large.

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I’m already pretty familiar with the events as I’ve read the series on Satori Reader about it (and plenty on Wikipedia while I was at it!), but if someone is not, I could also be worried that not reading the book in the “normal” order doesn’t give the proper introduction to what has happened.
In any case I would definitely prefer to read the book linearly with the club, and then continue on my own if I like it and the club stops :slight_smile:

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Thanks for your opinions! I’m also in favor of reading the book linearly; but I wanted to throw out a different option in case people thought that would be a good idea. Apparently not :grin: :+1:

I had some time today and looked through the book in order to find out about its structure. Turns out that it has a very uniform pattern in which each chapter starts with an intro, followed by a number of interviews. I tried to find a suitable breakdown and came up with this:

Week Start Date Chapter Start Page Page Count
Week 1 TBA はじめに to 千代田線 Intro 6 20
Week 2 TBA 千代田線 Interviews 1-2 26 29
Week 3 TBA 千代田線 Interviews 3-5 56 37
Week 4 TBA 千代田線 Interviews 6-9 92 41
Week 5 TBA 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Intro to Interview 3 133 32
Week 6 TBA 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interviews 4-6 165 26
Week 7 TBA 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interviews 7-8 192 40
Week 8 TBA 丸ノ内線 - 荻窪行き Interview 9 to 丸ノ内線 - 池袋行き/折り返し Interview 2 232 37
Week 9 TBA 丸ノ内線 - 池袋行き/折り返し Interview 3 to 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interview 1 269 30
Week 10 TBA 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interviews 2-4 299 37
Week 11 TBA 日比谷線 - 中目黒発 Interviews 5-8 336 40

Again, the page counts are just estimates from the BookWalker pages.
This schedule starts with a short ramp-up and then hovers around 35 pages per week, which puts us at an average speed of ~33 pages. Of course, we can always change our pace throughout the book club if we feel the need to.

What do you think about this schedule?

I will let this poll sit here for quite some time as we still have a long time to go until we start, and there’s no need to finalize the schedule way ahead of time.
You can vote for at most 2 options (I trust you can figure out which options work well together and which don’t :grin:)

  • This is too fast
  • This is too slow
  • This is just right
  • This is just clickworthy
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By the way there is a prebuilt JPDB deck for this book :smiley:

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Thanks! I’ve added the link to the OP.

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