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After Dark

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Janet Song

5 Hours 45 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2007

Audio Book Summary

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.
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 an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

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  • Christina C.

    Interweaving the narratives of several well-drawn characters through a single night, Murakami creates a thought-provoking treatment of time. This novella offers a satisfying introduction to the world of this masterful author -- a world more fully and richly experienced in his longer novels. The narration was authentic for the female characters, but her exaggerated gruffness for the male characters sounded more like The Big Bad Wolf of fairy tales than authentic characters.

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  • Miya Lee

    This was a great book full of mystery. I especially liked the evolution of Mari's relationship with her sister. Mari's sarcasm was also enjoyable.

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