After Dark

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After Dark (català language, 2008, Empúries)

175 pages

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Published Oct. 1, 2008 by Empúries.

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Review of 'After Dark' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Well I’m going to have to think about this one for a while. It’s not as strong a book as Kafka or Wind Up, not the least because it seems to care even less about coming to any kind of conclusion. I would only recommend it if you’re craving the atmosphere and ambience of a Murakami, but I can’t recommend it based on content. I’m not sure what the content is really.

Review of 'After Dark' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"Wherever the intention of each might lie, we are together being carried along at the same speed down the same river of time."

I thought this was a good, tight representation of what Murakami is. Mari, sitting alone late at night reading at a family restaurant, is interrupted by someone sitting down with her to talk. Over the course of the night we get to know Mari a little bit, visit her sister Eri, and experience a bit of a surreal look into these two sisters' lives. The sun rises, and the story ends.

I loved the late night aesthetic, and think Murakami really nailed it setting-wise. I also really liked the incorporation of timestamps, essentially, for each chapter. It really made everything feel more real and alive, in a weird way.

I had lots of questions when I finished the book, but that's par for the course with Murakami …

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