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.
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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.
I listen to audiobooks while I run every morning. After Dark was my latest "read". This short story drags on with descriptions of nothing worth describing. There are teasers of a deeper story, which you may anticipate hearing, but you will be extremely disappointed to find that it never happens in this book. Avoid unless you like listening to someone describe camera angles for several chapters. I want my money back...