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After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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Jul 29, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

The chief virtue of this book is its brevity. It is an interesting character sketch written in the present tense. I'm generally unfond of the present tense, as it can feel like a forced method of making the reader more involved in the story.

The passage of time is very deliberately marked throught the novel, though I'm not sure why. Nothing happens that particulary requires precise timing. The issue of the masculine gaze is explicitly addressed, but not fully engaged in. It is as if we are being told that the masculine gaze exists: also, it may or may not be vaguely threatening. Possibly we are just meant to be wary of televsions. This is also irrelevant to the main plot.

Despite these concerns, I did actually quite enjoy the book. It's written in a loose, breezy style and is largely dialogue driven. Stylistically, it is everything that I like. I just wish there was a bit more substance.

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