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by Haruki Murakami

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Similar books to After Dark (Vintage International). After Dark's first-person plural narration creates the sense that we are this type of observer, blending the mundane with a metaphysical surrealism. Try Kindle Countdown Deals Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Other than an unexpected cheerfulness, After Dark is classic Haruki Murakami, featuring themes of loneliness and alienation, carefully crafted characters, Western references (such as an all-night Denny's where Hall & Oates plays in the background), and distinctive magical-realist twists of fate.

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Murakami's 12th work of fiction is darkly entertaining and more novella than novel. I really enjoy Murakami’s writing style. Mari’s story was interesting because she met several people and that allowed the author to show many layers of that character. That’s why at the end of the book (only one night after the story began) the reader can feel that she has grown and developed. Eri’s story, however, was certainly confusing and the author never really gives us satisfying explanations about what happened to her.

After Dark (Hardcover). Published May 8th 2007 by Knopf Publishing Group. Hardcover, 191 pages. Published April 2008 by Vintage. Author(s): Haruki Murakami. ISBN: 0307265838 (ISBN13: 9780307265838). ISBN13: 9780307278739.

First American Publication. A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon. Vintage Murakami includes the opening chapter of the international bestseller Norwegian Wood; Lieutenant Mamiya’s Long Story: Parts I and II from his monumental novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Shizuko Akashi from Underground, his non-fiction book on the Toyko subway attack of 1995; and the short stories Barn Burning, Honeypie.

After Dark (アフターダーク, Afutā Dāku) is a 2004 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Set in metropolitan Tokyo over the course of one night, characters include Mari Asai, a 19-year-old student, who is spending the night reading in a Denny's. There she meets Takahashi Tetsuya, a trombone-playing student who loves Curtis Fuller's "Five Spot After Dark" song on Blues-ette; Takahashi knows Mari's sister Eri, who he was once interested in, and insists that the group of them have hung out before.

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Murakami’s trademark humor and psychological insight are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. While training for the New York City Marathon, Haruki Murakami decided to keep a journal of his progress. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer.

After Dark (Vintage International). Back to Our Shelves . Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle international bestsellers, with a surprising infusion of heart, Murakami has produced one of his most enchanting fictions yet.

In After Dark—a gripping novel of late night encounters—Murakami’s trademark humor and psychological insight are distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Nineteen-year-old Mari is waiting out the night in an anonymous Denny’s when she meets a young man who insists he knows her older sister, thus setting her on an odyssey through the sleeping city. In the space of a single night, the lives of a diverse cast of Tokyo residents—models, prostitutes, mobsters, and musicians—collide in a world suspended between fantasy and reality. Utterly enchanting and infused with surrealism, After Dark is a thrilling account of the magical hours separating midnight from dawn.

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Imagine if you were a non-human observing people's conversations and interactions in the overnight hours in downtown Tokyo. After Dark's first-person plural narration creates the sense that we are this type of observer, blending the mundane with a metaphysical surrealism.

Mari is spending the night away from home, where her beautiful older sister had been in a state of prolonged sleep for two months. While downtown between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., Mari crosses paths with a cast of interesting people, each isolated and lonely in their own way, in a Denny's and a nearby "love hotel."

Meanwhile, the short chapters switch between the characters who are awake and Mari's sister, Esi Ari; it's these chapters where Murakami's signature surrealism comes into play: Esi Ari seems to transcend the boundaries of the world as we know it, all while in her deep sleep.

After Dark is a strange and bewitching meditation on temporality and dualism: as Mari discusses her sister with a man she meets, she alludes more than once to them living "different lives," and the omnipresent narrator observes that each human being is "simultaneously a self-contained whole and a mere part." Of course, there's also the duality of night and day, and a sense that certain events could only ever take place in the former.

As with much of Murakami's fiction, there's an elusiveness to After Dark. Sometimes that can be frustrating, but in such an ephemeral, dreamlike setting (and with a relatively low page count) it mostly works. I read this one for a book club and am really looking forward to hearing how everyone interpreted it.
After Dark is a quick and interesting read that unfurls over the course of one night. We get a glimpse into the lives of people who work, play, or party when most people sleep. The time between dusk and dawn is explored as a metaphor on many levels, in several ways. It gives the reader a lot to think about and reflect upon.

I loved the storyline with Mari (19 yr old student) and Takahashi (a trombone player in a band). They share a connection through Mari’s sister, Eri, who is in a deep and possibly dark sleep. I didn’t not like the unseen observer “point of view” narration in the Eri storyline. I found it distracting. I did enjoy the cast of “night people” encountered throughout the story.

Two quotes that state what the book tries to capture are:

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

“It could be a day like all others, or could be a day remarkable enough in many ways to remain in the memory. In either case, for now, for most people, it is a blank sheet of paper.”

Not my favorite Murakami book, but it certainly caused me to pause and pay closer attention to the world/people around me.
"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. I’ve enjoyed a number of historical novels set in Japan during war times but wanted this selection to convey Japan in its current state; how else could I experience the sense of déjà vu when actually in the country? Set in Tokyo between the hours of 11:56pm and 6:52am, "After Dark" is filled with metaphor and symbolism on awareness – of self, others and surroundings. This thematic landscape allows Murakami to explore, on various levels, the extent to which people are “awake”. The novel is narrated by Consciousness with a pace and tone reminiscent of the narrator from the Twilight Zone. The dialogue is as believable as its characters. I enjoyed this trippy walk through the characters’ state of mind and mindfulness. "He is considering aspects of the interrelationship of thought and action.", observes the story’s narrator of a character’s thoughts while he’s eating breakfast. I'm still mulling over that observation and many more from the novel.

"After Dark" is a contemplative exploration that didn’t necessarily provide the sense of déjà vu that I typically experience when traveling to a country that I’ve explored through some of its literature. In completing the book, I found that the sense of familiarity I experienced was not connected to any place visited, food eaten, or excursion taken; but through the introspection of the character and the observations of the story’s narrator. This was a good selection. Highly Recommended.
After Dark (Vintage International) ebook
Haruki Murakami
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Vintage; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
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