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After Dark (Unabridged)

by Haruki Murakami

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Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before, a burly female "love hotel" manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space, as well as memory and perspective, into a seamless exploration of human agency. Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

Customer Reviews

Cover to cover

When writing is an art, you can reach for a Murakami book.
I can appreciate the richness of though in a translation, I wish to read Japanese!
Young, full of surprises, a book for a true literature lover.
Let yourself go, in-joy.

murakami's cinematic elegance

I wasn't going to write a review until I read through the two below, one of which criticized the story for having a lack of action and being too visual. It's a book, you're supposed to read/listen between the lines! A lot of the "action" in this novel is interpreting the potential of the actions and urges of the characters, and most importantly their emotional journeys. I like being able to visualize a scene, and I loved this book/audiobook.

Dark and wonderful

I picked up the audio- it had little description about it but decided to give it a go. The first couple minutes my hand hovered the eject button but I never pressed it and I'm so glad I didn't! This is certainly not for everyone but a wonderful book that shouldn't be overlooked! Now I'm onto Norwegian Wood:)

Haruki Murakami, After Dark (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Janet Song
  • Published: 2007
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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