Have you ever sat one day, on your own, and wondered...."Is someone else, somwhere far, miles away, across the world, doing the same as me?" or "I wonder what someone 3000 miles away, who I don't know, is doing at this very moment in time"?
Well...I have on many occaisions...and while I will never actually know the answer, "After Dark" by Haruki Murakami gave me at least one potential answer to my question.
Murakami describes in very much detail about the goings on in Tokyo, after the last train has gone, by focussing on one central character, Mari Esai, and her journey throughout the night as she encounters some bizarre situations and even more bizarre people!
The plot also focusses on several other protagonists, giving very much depth to this story, whereby not just Mari's nightlife is documented, but also that of an office worker, a love hotel manager, a prostitute, and also a young chicken salad-loving musician.
Not being one myself to stay up all night, either at home or in an all-night cafe in a big city, this story gave a definitely interesting insight into what the other side of the night, for those who stay awake, entails...........