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After dark (edition 2006)

by Haruki Murakami, Jacques Westerhoven

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Title:After dark
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Other authors:Jacques Westerhoven
Info:Amsterdam [etc.] : Atlas; 217 p, 21 cm; http://opc4.kb.nl/DB=1/PPN?PPN=292315228
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After Dark 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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Excellent book by the author Haruki Murakami. ( )
  ctsuhako | Jun 8, 2016 |
A dreamlike book, written extremely visually, almost like a screenplay, and of an equivalent length. (short)

Taking place over the course of one night in Tokyo, it follows a young woman, Mari, who has decided to stay out all night. A young man, Tetsuya, sees her sitting in a coffeeshop and introduces himself, reminding her that he met her once, on a double-date with Mari's sister. From this chance encounter, Murakami draws out an enigmatic but insightful glimpse into the lives and dramas of Tokyo's late night denizens, from workers at love hotels and late-night offices to mobsters and others... intercut with scenes of Mari's beautiful model sister, asleep but seemingly drawn into a mysterious and sinister place.

Not, perhaps, a major work, but very well done. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I really loved this book. And read it in less than three hours. Looking up other books by the author commences... Now.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
After Dark is the story of on night in Tokyo after the last trains have stopped running. A 19-year-old girl reads a novel in a Denny's trying to pass the night where she gets a taste of the people who live in this strange time where the rest of the world is sleeping. I really enjoyed this novel. I liked Murakami's simple style. The book is written in the present tense and almost reads like a screen play. It is a short book (191 pages) that is heavy on dialog and light on action. There are elements of magical realism that give the novel a dreamy quality and parts of it that seemed over my head. It definitely made me think. I look forward to reading more by Murakami in the future. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
After Dark Haruki Murakami


After Dark is a short novel set on a midwinters night between the hours of 11:56pm and 6:52am in Tokyo. The story revolves around 3 central characters the beautiful Eri who has decided to sleep and not wake up, her intelligent sister Mari who cannot sleep and Takahashi a young musician who provides a link between the 2 sisters.

While Eri sleeps her beautiful sleep, Mari stays awake in the city where she encounters Takahashi in a Denny's restaurant, their meeting leads her to be pulled into the life of the "Night People" those who are more at home after the sun has gone down, the insomniacs, prostitutes and others who prefer the night.

While there is some action in this book its more about feelings and perceptions than about events moving the story on, there is violence and vengeance and this being Murakami there is the mystical and magical as well as cats!! How do you know you are reading a Murakami? because there are always cats.

This is a stylized book and I can easily see it being made into a noir film as the story really lends itself to the visual.

For those who like a proper ending with all the loose ends tied up, this is not the book for you, there are several mysterious events that are not explained and are just left dangling when the sun rises but I think that is the point, Murakami has created a place that exist only after dark and so until the next time the sun sets the mysteries will have to stay just that mysteries

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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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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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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Set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, the novel features 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.… (more)

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