After Dark

After Dark

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
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 alien to 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. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime—will either restore or annihilate her.

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—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

Baker & Taylor
Two sisters--Eri, a fashion model sleeping her way to oblivion, and Mari, a young student--form the center of a novel that documents a series of encounters in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn.

Blackwell North Amer
A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn. 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 alien to 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. These "night people" are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri's slumber - mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime - will either restore or annihilate her.
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 - the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love.

Baker
& Taylor

Two sisters--Eri, a fashion model sleeping her way to oblivion, and Mari, a young student--form the center of a novel that documents a series of encounters--with a jazz trombonist, the manager of a "love hotel" and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute brutalized by a businessman client--in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
ISBN: 9780307265838
0307265838
Branch Call Number: FICTION MURAKAMI
Characteristics: 191 p.
Additional Contributors: Rubin, Jay

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 17, 2017

This book is a difficult one to describe. At certain levels it seems to be about the interconnected in a world were people often try to disconnect themselves, but this seems like a very shallow reading of the novel. The story takes place over the course of one night and primarily follows the story of one young lady, Mari, and the people she encounters. There are also other stories dispersed throughout: Mari's sister Eri, a computer programmer, a trombone player, and three women who work at a hotel. There are threads of the narrative that will never be explained or tied up. It isn't the kind of book that dangles bits of information and then ties everything up in a bow at the end. Honestly, there is little character growth throughout the novel, but then again how much can a person change in one night? The book is well written, engaging, brisk, features great characters, and is fun to read. Highly recommended.

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Filthy_Doves
Apr 26, 2016

This may differ a little to Murakami's other works but it's still great, love the way it gives the perspectives of multiple characters and how their storylines tie up in some way or another.

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ShannanwithanA
Sep 26, 2015

Good to read if you want a light easy introduction to Murakami. Unique, vibrant characters. Surreal explorations mingle with a plot that keeps reader present, immersed in graphic settings typical of Murakami.

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ABenoit
Apr 03, 2014

I loved it. I liked how the narrator gave the readers a birds eye view into these peoples lives and played it off quite nicely. Well done, Mr. Murakami.

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melvidge
Apr 11, 2012

Quick read.Thin plot is aided by slice of japan's urban atmosphere...

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Pisinga
Apr 06, 2012

Didn’t like it. So many comments on the cover of a book about
what a magnificent and unique work!
Nothing like that. I read it to the end, trying to find those praised qualities for this work - and it came just as an annoyance.
This is similar to those amateur movies that you watch to the end trying to see a "deeper meaning", and in the end remains the same question – what is all about and what for?

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loudem
Dec 25, 2011

They say it was suppose to be something exceptional. I read it and it is very very ordinary. Nothing to be blown away. Hopefully it'll be different when I do pick up another one of his book. Soyarana!

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LazyNeko
Nov 27, 2011

Reminds me of hanging out with college friends all night, wandering the city, and talking having random conversations. Not much happens, but it's a lovely sketch of Tokyo in the night hours.

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sky123
Mar 15, 2015

The new day is almost here, but the older one is still dragging its heavy skirts. Just as ocean water and river water struggle against each other at a river mouth, the old time and new time clash and blend. Takahashi is unable to tell for sure which side - which world - contains his centre of gravity.

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LazyNeko
Nov 27, 2011

"It's true, though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night," the bartender says, loudly striking a book match and lighting a cigarette. "You can't fight it."

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nymmynaomi
Nov 18, 2015

nymmynaomi thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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