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After Dark

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Cerca de medianoche, Mari se toma un café en un restaurante. En una habitación, Eri se ha sumido en una dulce inconsciencia; el televisor cobra vida y empieza a distinguirse en la pantalla una imagen turbadora. Lo más inquietante: el televisor no está enchufado...
Desde una distancia variable, como una cámara versátil, Murakami recorre escenarios habitados por personajes so
Mass Market Paperback, MAXI Tusquets, 248 pages
Published November 2011 by Tusquets Editores (first published 2004)
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A. de Daumier-Smith This book's main focus is to show the meddling world of night-regulars and day-regulars. Shirakawa, the prostitute, Alphaville hotel workers, the…moreThis book's main focus is to show the meddling world of night-regulars and day-regulars. Shirakawa, the prostitute, Alphaville hotel workers, the mafia, they all belong to the night, whereas Meri and Takahashi are just visitors. The night has a tendency to corrupt, hence Takahashi's moral problems, represented in the volume of fat in his milk.
My hunch is that the story of Eri is intentionally kept a mystery, to emphasise the non-comprehensibility of the metaphysical world, yet still hinting at the evil attributions of it.
Murakami gives you a God vision, which is pretty common in cinema, yet makes it a challenge to follow the script on paper.
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Jul 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like thinking about feelings.
Murakami is not a great author for passive readers. If your main interest in fiction is plot and story, and especially if you tend to be the sort of reader who plows straight through a book and then thinks about it only after you're done, "After Dark" is going to be unsatisfying.

To me, Murakami is a great author for teaching you how to read (forgive me) proactively. He works a lot with impressions and mood, so that it's most rewarding when the reader stops after every few sentences and chews on
Good ol' Murakami.
Every time I read him, I feel my reasons for choosing a book as company over a real person, legitimized again.
What is reading, but, a singular form of one-sided communication? An author sends us an encoded message, crafted with precision and a deep empathy arising out of their understanding of the world and humanity at large. And we, in turn, decode it and instantly feel a pull on the invisible umbilical cord linking us to this person we have never met and, possibly, will nev
Bookdragon Sean
This really isn’t a novel to be rushed. This is a novel to be savoured and appreciated, and I think this quote here captures a large part of the book:

"She reads with great concentration. Her eyes rarely move from the pages of the book- a thick hardback. A bookstore wrapper hides the title from us. Judging from her intent expression, the book might contain challenging subject matter. Far from skimming, she seems to be biting off and chewing it one line at a time.”

The words and the language see
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Original Review: March 8, 2011

A Midwinter Night's Tale

"After Dark" is probably the easiest Murakami novel to read. At 201 pages, it's not difficult to finish in one session.

It's also close to what you would call "high concept" in the film industry. Its execution is not much more than its conception.

All of the action takes place from 11:56pm to 6:52am on a midwinter night, more or less "after dark" when the days are shortest and the nights are longest.

Hidden Meaning

Murakami's writing is stripped
Stephen M
"Eye's mark the shape of the city"

There is something about Murakami that ignites connections in my brain that I don't know what to do with. Such as the scene with the man on a television screen staring into a real room with a girl lying on the bed. He is said to be looking in from the "other side". Murakami uses this same phrase when a main character is looking into a mirror. When she gazes at herself in the mirror she is said to be looking in from the "other side". There are several scenes whic
I wake up.

My room bathes in the light of the streetlamp. I’m too tired to look around. I close my eyes again but soon feel in my heart that the darkness I so desire has fled. It hides under my bed, in the corners of the city and of my mind. It refuses to manifest itself in its most majestic and generous form, that of the great blanket that covers the waking world, that of the wide gate that allows passage to the land of dreams. The splashes of darkness only serve to irritate me in their small p
حسام عادل
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to حسام by: Amr Mohamed
هل تُدرك معنى أن تقرأ رواية كاملة من 240 صفحة في ليلة واحدة فحسب؟

لا أحب موراكامي، هذا اعترافٌ يصدم كثيرين ولا أعرف السبب
ومن عجبٍ أني بدأتُ بأشهر أعماله (كافكا على الشاطىء) فكرهتها وكرهتُ القراءة له للأبد
بإلحاحٍ من أصدقاءٍ أثق في رأيهم كررتُ المحاولة على مضض
فقط لتكون تلك الرواية هى بداية تصالحي معه الذي أخاله سيستمر طويلًا

منذ فترة شاهدتُ فيلمًا لكريس إيفانز، ذلك الممثل (كابتن أميريكا)، لا تعرفه؟ حسنًا، لا يهم كثيرًا
الفيلم اسمه
Before We Go
يحكي باختصار عن موسيقى شاب يسهر ليلته فى المدينة استع
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Video review will be up Wednesday :)
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful excursion into the mentality and rhythms of night in the city and the perspectives it gives to the meaning of our daytime lives. This 2007 novel contains the essence of Murikami’s weird and wonderful ways in a pure and restrained form. We fly around observing a set of characters as with an invisible camera, neutral and unjudging. Time ticks down explicitly through the night though the pacing of life at night has a timeless quality. The characters actions are muted and reflective, th ...more
Sherif Metwaly

أنا اللّى أعرفه .. إن الروايات بتبقى حاجة من اتنين
إما الرواية تكون جميلة وبديعة وفيها حاجة حلوة تعجبك وتخليك تكملها للآخر
يا إما الرواية تكون سيئة ومتعجبكش أو متفهمهاش
وبالتالى متكملهاش أو تكملها لو قادر تصبر عليها وتنتقدها نقد كامل فى النهاية

ولكن هنا
رواية ممتعة ، ساحرة ، فيها حاجة تجبرك انك ماتسبهاش متعرفش ازاى
بالرغم من أنك مش فاهم حاجة؟
أو بمعنى أدق ، فيه غموض فى حاجات معينة انت مش فاهمه
مزيج غريب وعجيب ومدهش
وبالرغم من انك مش فاهم لحد النهاية ومفهمتش فى النهاية
لاتملك إلا أن تقول .. الرواي
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Murakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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