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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bond Street Books (May 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385663463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385663465
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24 2007
Format: Hardcover
Haruki Murakami's After Dark is more novella than novel. Indeed, the US edition weighs in at only 191 pages. I was a bit put off by its length, to tell you the truth, yet I discovered that the book is as long as it needs to be. Murakami's tale draws you in and won't let go, and soon the number of pages becomes meaningless.

This magical realism story is an intimate narrative that follows the interwoven storylines between a number of disparate characters: Mari, a young student determined to spend the night away from home; Eri, her sister, a fashion model who's been slumbering inexplicably for the last two months; Takahashi, a jazz trombonist who stumbles upon Mari and recognizes her; Kaoru, the manager of a "love hotel" and her staff; a Chinese prostitute brutalized by a customer; Shirakawa, the businessman who beat up the hooker. After Dark explores how these men and women are all related, with everything occurring during the span of a single Tokyo night.

In this flawless translation, Haruki Murakami's impeccable, evocative prose expounds on the different states of loneliness.

The dialogues, even when they appear innocuous, show a lot of insight, while the deep and more thoughtful conversations are a delight.

Still, it's the atmosphere created by the author which makes After Dark a special read. The ambience is sublime, as if the night became a character in its own right. The darkness becomes a time of revelations, a period of transition in the lives of the cast.

As a short, sleek book, After Dark is perfect for the beach, the plain, or the train. Bring this one along with you on vacation and you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hektor Konomi on Nov. 19 2012
Format: Paperback
Neat, fast paced novel by the Japanese master. Magical realism at its best, it certainly rewards re-reading. A great introduction to Haruki Murakami.
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By Suvi on Jan. 21 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this book! And it is so interesting in Chinese. And I will read more books about Haruki Murakami.
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Format: Paperback
A true masterpiece from possibly the best fiction writer this century. Murakami never fails to impress with his carefully crafted worlds. In this novella he veers away from his usual first person narrative and tells a story in third person present tense; the effect is highly cinematic. The reader becomes "a single point of view" taking the form of a "midair camera that can move freely about the room."

The most impressive aspect of this novella is how Murakami courageously battles new genres and themes in each of his works. This novella beautifully compliments his other works. And while it may not be as thorough and rich as "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" or "Kafka on the Shore", reading "After Dark" was as luxurious and hedonistic as slowly sipping a fine glass of red wine. I found myself "biting off and chewing it one line at a time" just as Mari does her own book in "After Dark."

Murakami deserves more than five stars! An excellent piece indeed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBuckle on Aug. 21 2010
Format: Paperback
After Dark disappointed. I was fresh off Kafka on the Shore whose Kafka and Nakata stories sucked me in (I also became a huge Soseki fan because if Kafka's days in the Takamatsu library). After Dark, much like Norwegian Wood, didn't resonate with me. Maybe I didn't like Murakami's presentation of Tokyo - a city whose identity is so ever-changing yet to me, so personally rigid making others interpretations sometimes hard to digest. I think Murakami's pen wields so much power when he can develop a character or two in great lengths, which I didn't think he allowed himself to do in After Dark.
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