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After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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Jul 11, 10

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bookshelves: 2010
Read from July 07 to 11, 2010

When compared to Murakami's Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, this book seems so narrow in scope as to be claustrophobic. I didn't find it to be nearly as epic, clever or fun as the other two. I don't mean to say that it's a shallow novel, though. In fact, I think After Dark is shorter because Murakami is giving us more things to think about after we finish reading. I'm still trying to work out the significance of both the sleeper and the unpunished man, for instance. There's something about Murakami's style that pushes me forward through familiar but twisted landscapes. So often his words transform previously insignificant details into something hugely important. Still, I wouldn't be so dazzled by his writing if this had been the first novel I'd read.

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