By Haruki Murakami
A brief, smooth novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the witching hours among middle of the night and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up chook Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.
At its middle are sisters—Eri, a way version napping her method into oblivion, and Mari, a tender pupil quickly led from solitary examining at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are substantially alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met sooner than, a burly lady “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by way of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by means of secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that may hold them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman stricken by the mark of his crime—will both repair or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enthralling drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and house in addition to reminiscence and standpoint right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the facility of commentary and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and snatch of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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It has a large plate-glass window; banks of fluorescent lights line the ceiling. There is no sign of furniture, however. No, on closer inspection there is exactly one chair set in the middle of the room. An old wooden chair, it has a back but no arms. It is a practical chair, and very plain. Someone is sitting in it. The picture has not stabilized entirely, and so we can make out the person in the chair only as a vague silhouette with blurred outlines. The room has the chilling air of a place that has been long abandoned.
This has been a drag for us, too. I mean, this was a case of assault with bodily injury. We could’ve called the cops. But then you guys would’ve had a little explaining to do, right? So just pay us our sixty-eight hundred yen and we’ll be satisfied. Won’t even charge you for the beer. ” The man stares at Kaoru with expressionless eyes. He looks up at the neon sign: Alphaville. He takes off a glove again, pulls a leather billfold from his jacket pocket, counts out seven thousand-yen bills, and lets them drop to his feet.
We are inside a Denny’s. ” Everything about the restaurant is anonymous and interchangeable. And almost every seat is filled. After a quick survey of the interior, our eyes come to rest on a girl sitting by the front window. Why her? Why not someone else? Hard to say. But, for some reason, she attracts our attention—very naturally. She sits at a four-person table, reading a book. Hooded gray parka, blue jeans, yellow sneakers faded from repeated washing. On the back of the chair next to her hangs a varsity jacket.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami