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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After Dark (2004)

by Haruki Murakami

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    The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami (Miss-Owl)
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    Number9Dream by David Mitchell (isigfethera)
    isigfethera: Both are slightly surreal coming-of-age-ish stories set in Tokyo. I think there is some similarity in style too.
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    Tongue by Kyung-Ran Jo (freddlerabbit)
    freddlerabbit: Jo's style has been compared with Murakami's - I disagree, but the work Tongue bears the most resemblance to is After Dark.
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    The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli by Ginnetta Correli (Jacey25)
    Jacey25: another novel where things are vaguely unsettling and the concept of being watched on television takes an interesting twist- a fantastic quick read

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This one was special for me, was the first book of Murakami that I read. He has way with words. He makes you see the scenery and hear a soundtrack while you are involved in the plot of weirdness according to our own boring life that is extended to your limbs and senses. ( )
  neosofia | Jun 19, 2018 |
I so totally need to listen to this one again! The narration is lovely, and the book itself has so much to it. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I really liked this one...it was a little strange and I felt like there was something maybe missing or lost in translation. I'm curious about a few things....one of the characters lies about the movie "Love Story" and I can't decide whether it is to keep the conversation from becoming too sad or if like, it really is different in Japanese. I'm pretty sure it's just that he's lying for the sake of Mari.

I also couldn't figure out if Murakami was intentionally narrating some parts like a movie or if Japanese does not allow for storytelling in this way. He describes seeing Mari's sister in a way that is very creepy but also very odd. I felt like I was in the middle of a David Lynch film.

Overall, I would recommend this to someone looking for a book about insomnia or a book about the night (perfect for this years SRP theme). I'm not sure that this is Murakami's best or the best novel to begin with but I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. ( )
  ylimejane | Feb 7, 2018 |
Do you know what excited me? That the parallel stories will blend.
Do you know what killed me? They didn't.
1,5 stars. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
I didn't write anything in this review since I was still gathering my thoughts. I guess I should write something now since Ayustika liked this review.

This book reads differently than other Murakami books. It's as if someone's narrating while watching a movie, especially when it comes to scenes with Ari Asai in it. Murakami's articulate as always, not only when it comes to emotions, but also the literal point-of-view of the reader. Stuff like "we are looking down directly from the ceiling to the bed" or "from our vantage point, we cannot see the TV flicker, but we see it in the reflection on the other objects". I don't understand what he tried to achieve by writing such impartial, third person prose, but it strikes a discordant note, and it was a bother trying to read through the Ari's chapters, and I kept skipping forward. Maybe it was to show that Ari is truly, both literally and metaphorically, separated from the living world, but my philistine mind cannot make that connection, even with hindsight.

The rest of the book was delightful though. The book explores the themes of loneliness in the modern world, how disconnected we are from our closest or immediate friends/family, and how difficult it is to truly express yourself to someone and make yourself vulnerable. One recurring occurrence in this book is someone opening up to a stranger, signifying that it's easier to do that instead with someone you know well. In my opinion, with someone you know, you have painstakingly (or not) created an image of yourself, the way you want him/her to know you, which may not be necessarily true. It's difficult to bring yourself to demolish that image, and outpour all your insecurities and problems. When opening up to strangers, there are no such reservations. This is evident in the way Takahashi and Mari open up to each other, and how Kaoru and Korogi both divulge their secrets in Mari.

The book reads like a collection of interrelated, chronological short stories, with the chapter names being the time on the clock. In some ways it's haunting and poetic, but disappointing in other ways. Maybe it's just my heightened expectations when it comes to Murakami. ( )
  Crontab_e | Sep 19, 2017 |
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Många kommer nog att störa sig på den för att den är osammanhängande och saknar ett riktigt slut. Själv gillar jag den just därför, även om det finns en del annat att klaga på.

Murakamis romaner brukar alltid bli mer än summan av sina olika, ofta rätt banala beståndsdelar. Innan natten faller är dock ett undantag som inte blir mer än en, låt vara tidvis rätt så underhållande, smått förvirrad färd från mörker till ljus. Den är helt enkelt inte så bra.
Det är en stil flytande mellan genrer och upplevelser som Murakami driver sina underliga och vackra världar med, som smälter ihop myter och andeväsen med socialrealistiska plågor som kvinnohat, maffiahot, barnsexhandel och korruption.
added by Jannes | editDagens nyheter, Ulrika Milles (Mar 26, 2012)
"A bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste... It reminds us [that] while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways."
added by GYKM | editSan Francisco Chronicle
"Potent and disturbing... He reminds us that the essence of horror in the post-modern narrative is not some gothic extravagance, but the realities that await us outside our doorstep."
added by GYKM | editBoston Globe

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Gross, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porta, LourdesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307278735, Paperback)

A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.

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.

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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.

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