By Haruki Murakami
A brief, modern novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among nighttime 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 manner version snoozing her method into oblivion, and Mari, a tender scholar quickly led from solitary analyzing at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are greatly alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met earlier than, a burly girl “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized via a businessman. those “night people” are haunted through secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that may preserve 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 fix 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 statement and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and take hold of of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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Blind. On the desk is a simple black lamp and a brandnew notebook computer (its top closed). A few ballpoint pens and pencils in a mug. By the wall stands a plain wood-framed single bed, and there sleeps Eri Asai. The bedclothes are solid white. On shelves attached to the opposite wall, a compact stereo and a small pile of CDs in their cases. Next to those, a phone. A dresser with mirror attached. The only things placed in front of the mirror are lip balm and a small, round hairbrush. On that wall is a walk-in closet.
No, it's not at all like Star Wars. No special effects, no action. It's more conceptual. " “ ’Cause in Alphaville, you're not allowed to have deep feelings. So there's nothing like love. No contradictions, no irony. " Kaoru wrinkles her brow. " Kaoru thinks for a moment about Mari's explanation. "I don't really get it," she says. " Kaoru gives a hearty laugh. " A well-dressed, middle-aged man of small stature comes in and sits at the end of the bar. He orders a cocktail and starts a hushed conversation with the bartender.
Hovering around him there seems to be a drawn-out sense of resignation. Not that he is tied to the chair: he just sits there with his back straight, breathing quietly, staring at one spot directly in front of him. We cannot tell by looking at him whether he has decided for himself that he will not move or he has been placed into some kind of situation that does not permit him to move. His hands rest on his knees. The time is unclear. We cannot even tell if it is night or day. In the light of the banked fluorescent lamps, however, the room is as bright as a summer afternoon.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami