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After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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Apr 13, 2010

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bookshelves: library_books, audiobook
Recommended for: Hardcore Murakami fans
Read in April, 2010

If this book contained brilliant existential truths, I sure didn't pick up on them! Parts were outright omniscient (deist) description, reminding me of listening to House of the Seven Gables, others consisted of painfully stilted dialogue between the young woman and young man - perhaps Japanese of their background actually do talk that way, but I found their closing scene almost excruciating to get through.

I don't wish to leave to true spoiler review, however ... I did not understand the bit about Edi's coma-like condition, nor The Man with No Face? Moreover, the girls at the love hotel hint at fascinating background stories, that are never explored given the novella format.

So, I face a quandary of finding the narrator quite capable, but cannot fully recommend the book, with its flawed structure. Having liked the 25-hour Dance, Dance, Dance, I can definitely advise those who've not tried Murakami before: start elsewhere!

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