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After Dark (Vintage International) Paperback – April 29, 2008
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After Dark also shows the importance of family, as well as how complicated different family situations can be. Murakami does a great job, in this novella, of examining different moral situations along with different choices we face in life without judgement. This is a book showing the beauty and pain of every day, or gray, situations.
I think this novel goes a long way in showing how different, and yet similar, life can be for different people. One of the main examples of this is the nineteen year old prostitute that Mari speaks with. Both characters were the same age, but living very different lives. I found it really moving how Mari looked at the Chinese girl.
There are a lot of metaphysical quips in this book. To me, these literary devices are used, in most situations, to show different character's psychological complexes played out in concrete language and images. One example is when a character is looking the mirror, thinking that he is just fading away, and doesn't have a clear sense of identity. Then he walks away, and his reflection is still in the mirror after he's gone.Read more ›
I was captivated by it from the start. It kind of veers between experimental novel and hyper-realism. The experimental novel parts are where the point of view is described as an actual camera, hovering over the action, zooming in and out, observing the scene, and also observing the first law of time travel: do not intervene in the events unfolding. Televisions that aren't plugged in nevertheless flicker in and out, showing further unexplained scenes of a faceless man watching. There is a Sleeping Beauty, we gradually learn that she is named Eri Asai, and she has been asleep for a very long time, yet she is not in a coma. This concerns her sister, Mari Asai, who is studying in a Denny's restaurant in an effort to escape the oppressive atmosphere of waiting for when, if ever, her sister will awaken from her slumbers.
The parts of the novel involving younger sister Mari are the hyper-realistic ones. It seems you couldn't pick a more mundane subject, a night studying in a family restaurant chain, yet there is something about the way Murakami describes it that is fascinating.Read more ›
This novel takes place in Tokyo during the wee hours of a single night. Murakami satisfies a form of voyeuristic impulse by giving us a peek into the lives of a few of the people out and about while the masses are home slumbering, or—at least--whiling away insomnia-ridden hours in the privacy of their own homes.
The protagonist is a young college student named Mari. As she sits in a 24-hour Denny’s reading, Mari immediately triggers curiosity. She isn’t typical of the disheveled, boozy, or garish crowd out “after dark.” In a post-witching hour world of drunken salaryman, micro-miniskirted hostesses, tattooed yakuza gangsters, and nightlife-savvy travelers, the bookish young woman stands out. We soon learn that Mari didn’t miss the last train on accident, but rather is staying out all night on purpose to be out of the house. This further raises the level of intrigue.
In the Denny’s, Mari is approached by a gregarious young man named Takahashi who is grabbing a quick snack before going back to his nighttime hobby of jamming in a jazz band.Read more ›
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"After Dark" was a selection made in preparation for my travels around Japan. The criteria – contemporary Japanese literature by a Japanese writer set in modern Japan. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Maurice Williams
He keeps you in suspense,and makes you ponder the surprise ending. Always Murakami surprises,and has the reader thinking "what just happened"Published 1 month ago by Michael usher
I loved the book and the characters. I thought it was entertaining, witty and the characters had a dark element to them which I liked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cory M Tsuhako
Didn't want it to end. It was fascinating since it all took place in one night but I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters.Published 2 months ago by WWB
Fantastic Murakami novel, and well-narrated by Janet Song. My only gripe is that when characters speak Chinese, the pronunciation is entirely incorrect and hardly understandable,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra
Haruki Murakami is well known for his fiction, often mixing reality and the surreal. After Dark’s many different scenes and characters, can cause confusion if you dive in too... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer