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After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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Aug 25, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, imports, sci-fi-magic-et-al
Read in April, 2008

I don't think I will ever like a Murakami better than Kafka on the Shore but this short novel was pretty good. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle went a little too long for at times, but this keeps its surrealism and dreaminess short and sweet. The fun thing about Murakami is his use of constant comparison and contrast- two girls from the same family that are totally different, magical or strange things happening in our every-day world, how the world is always the same world but at night it is also totally different. Because he combines the every-day (studying in a Denny's) with the totally weird (which I do not eve know how to explain with out typing out entire passages from the book), it makes it all seem more menacing and fantastic and plausible but still distant enough to be safe.

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