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"In "After Dark, " night seems to be where Murakami was headed all along, a place where the ordinary acts that he has written of so evocatively stand out against the velvety bas relief of the Tokyo night, a backdrop that gives these acts both danger and wonder . . . He has a natural curiosity about people, a belief that they contain wonders, perhaps none so great as the capacity for human connection."
--Charles Taylor, "Newsday"
""After Dark "[is] hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it's [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense . . . Through his short, enigmatic chapters, Murakami--aided by Jay Rubin's perfectly pitched English--manages to convey something of the interconnectedness of the city and its constant air of expectancy and danger."
--Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post Book World"
"The world [Murakami] creates--of fast-food restaurants and strange hotels, people dying (almost literally) to make connections but able to do so only in fits and starts--continues to be one of the most intoxicating around. His knack for making the everyday exotic, and the elusive tangible, is as sharp as in his 'bigger' works, [just as] the middle ground he stakes can still make the earth move."
--Ed Siegel, "The Boston Phoenix"
""After Dark "is a gripping dream [in which] Murakami reveals the darkness in which his characters' amorphous fears flourish. But so too does their poignant and brave willingness to rebirth themselvesevery day . . . In Murakami's hands, hope is nothing more nor less than a deep, cleansing breath."
--Julie Wittes Schlack, "The Boston Globe"
"[Murakami's] flair for making dialogue bloom from inhospitable soil, the way he can magic a memorable encounter out of thin air, and his conviction that there is salvation to be found in the company of strangers--all these familiar Murakami traits animate the pages of the novel and give it the writer's special stamp. Yet in "After Dark" this signature style seems to have found itself a fresher groove . . . It almost asks to be devoured by insomniacs in a single all-night sitting."
--Margaret Hillenbrand, "Financial Times"
""After Dark "is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece built on the notion that very late at night, after the lamps of logic have been snuffed and rationality has shut its eyes, life on earth becomes boundariless and blurred . . . Standing above the common gloom, Murakami detects phosphorescence everywhere, but chiefly in the auras around people, which glow brightest at night and when combined."
--Walter Kirn, "New York Times Book Review"
"This is a sparely written book, floating on its metaphors, a delicate and simple story, beautifully told."
--Joanna Rose, "The Oregonian"
""After Dark "[is] one of the author's most fully realized short fictions . . . He's drilling down to the essential mysteries of existence."
--Laura Miller, "Salon"
"What you'll love: The book's spare yet eerily atmospheric scenes will fester under your skin, poking at your equilibrium long after you've finished reading."
-Alexis Burling, "The Washington Post"
"There's a dreamlike quality to Haruki Murakami's mesmerizing new novel, [where] amid the alienation are flickers of hopefulness springing from seemingly random, serendipitous human interactions and connections . . . Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakami raises questions about perception and existence [and] captures the palpable loneliness and essential unfathomability at the heart of modern life."
-Heller McAlpin, "The Christian Science Monitor"
"This strange, mesmerizing, spell-binding, voyeuristic novel is impossible to put down . . . The reader prowls among [its characters], uneasy about such a relentless perspective, yet unable to relinquish it. In such a way does Murakami skillfully and seamlessly strip the human condition of its disguises and ponder the impenetrable mysteries of the human heart."
-Sam Coale, "The Providence Journal"
"This mesmerizing tale [is] a metaphysical mystery that's surprisingly linear in structure and almost tidy for [Murakami's] oeuvre . . . "After Dark" deftly explores existentialist notions of purpose, control, and identity."
-Corrie Pikul, "Elle"
"Unlike many of Murakami's other characters, "After Dark'"s two heroes aren't acutely passive slackers. Night may darken their daily duties, but it can't blacken the ever-shifting shutter speeds of Murakami's cockeyed Kodak . . . His unusual in-camera narration permits even his minor misfits to shine while focusing on how humanity overlooks the spectral figures toiling before dawn . . . It is straight-ahead jazz with a quiet grace."
-Edward Champion, "The Los Angeles Times Book Review"
""After Dark" is a potent and disturbing work, one that is all the more effective for the familiar aspects it presents. He reminds us that the essence of horror in the post-modern narrative is not some gothic extravagance, but the realities that await us outside our doorstep."
--Ted Gioia, "The Boston Globe"
"The best thing about "After Dark" is its cohesive atmosphere, one of delay and suspense, as time slows down and everybody gets the creeps. If Mr. Murakami were to attempt a 24-hour epic, his would emphasize the night as James James Joyce emphasized the day."
-Benjamin Lytal, "The New York Sun"
"Luminous . . . "After Dark "brings characters together, penetrating their solitude. Here, instead of mining loneliness, the author builds a sense of interweaving destinies and blossoming relationships [in] a tightly controlled narrative, carefully constructed in both time and place . . . We stay alert to exact detail on each page, within every frame. The result is palpable and enthralling . . . Like most of the innovative writer's work, it is bound to linger in the mind for years."
--Lee Makela, "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Strange, confusing, and incredible."
--"Esquire"
"Darkly entertaining."
-"Publishers Weekly"
""After Dark" is a bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. It is a sort of neo-noir flick set in half-empty diners, dark streets and hotel rooms straight out of the paintings of Edward Hopper. It reminds us that while great pleasures make this life worth living, great danger threatens the fictitious stability of our lives . . . that the world is broad, that myths are universal--and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways."
--Juvenal Acosta, "The San Francisco Chronicle"
"Disarmingly intimate, almost tactile . . . The narrative flows like a jazz ballad [in which] each character is unique in his or her loneliness, yet each possesses a capacity for momentary empathy that is both sweet and heartbreaking. Murakami's genius, on both large and small canvases, is to create worlds both utterly alien and disconcertingly familiar."
--Bill Ott, "Booklist"
"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure."
--"Kirkus, "starred review

"From the Hardcover edition."

"In "After Dark," night seems to be where Murakami was headed all along, a place where the ordinary acts that he has written of so evocatively stand out against the velvety bas relief of the Tokyo night, a backdrop that gives these acts both danger and wonder . . . He has a natural curiosity about people, a belief that they contain wonders, perhaps none so great as the capacity for human connection."
--Charles Taylor, "Newsday"
""After Dark "[is] hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it's [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense . . . Through his short, enigmatic chapters, Murakami--aided by Jay Rubin's perfectly pitched English--manages to convey something of the interconnectedness of the city and its constant air of expectancy and danger."
--Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post Book World"
"The world [Murakami] creates--of fast-food restaurants and strange hotels, people dying (almost literally) to make connections but able to do so only in fits and starts--continues to be one of the most intoxicating around. His knack for making the everyday exotic, and the elusive tangible, is as sharp as in his 'bigger' works, [just as] the middle ground he stakes can still make the earth move."
--Ed Siegel, "The Boston Phoenix"
""After Dark "is a gripping dream [in which] Murakami reveals the darkness in which his characters' amorphous fears flourish. But so too does their poignant and brave willingness to rebirth themselves every day . . . In Murakami's hands, hope is nothing more nor less than a deep, cleansing breath."
--Julie Wittes Schlack, "The Boston Globe"
"[Murakami's] flair for making dialogue bloom from inhospitable soil, theway he can magic a memorable encounter out of thin air, and his conviction that there is salvation to be found in the company of strangers--all these familiar Murakami traits animate the pages of the novel and give it the writer's special stamp. Yet in "After Dark" this signature style seems to have found itself a fresher groove . . . It almost asks to be devoured by insomniacs in a single all-night sitting."
--Margaret Hillenbrand, "Financial Times"
""After Dark "is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece built on the notion that very late at night, after the lamps of logic have been snuffed and rationality has shut its eyes, life on earth becomes boundariless and blurred . . . Standing above the common gloom, Murakami detects phosphorescence everywhere, but chiefly in the auras around people, which glow brightest at night and when combined."
--Walter Kirn, "New York Times Book Review"
"This is a sparely written book, floating on its metaphors, a delicate and simple story, beautifully told."
--Joanna Rose, "The Oregonian"
""After Dark "[is] one of the author's most fully realized short fictions . . . He's drilling down to the essential mysteries of existence."
--Laura Miller, "Salon"
"What you'll love: The book's spare yet eerily atmospheric scenes will fester under your skin, poking at your equilibrium long after you've finished reading."
-Alexis Burling, "The Washington Post"
"There's a dreamlike quality to Haruki Murakami's mesmerizing new novel, [where] amid the alienation are flickers of hopefulness springing from seemingly random, serendipitous human interactions and connections . . . Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakamiraises questions about perception and existence [and] captures the palpable loneliness and essential unfathomability at the heart of modern life."
-Heller McAlpin, "The Christian Science Monitor"
"This strange, mesmerizing, spell-binding, voyeuristic novel is impossible to put down . . . The reader prowls among [its characters], uneasy about such a relentless perspective, yet unable to relinquish it. In such a way does Murakami skillfully and seamlessly strip the human condition of its disguises and ponder the impenetrable mysteries of the human heart."
-Sam Coale, "The Providence Journal"
"This mesmerizing tale [is] a metaphysical mystery that's surprisingly linear in structure and almost tidy for [Murakami's] oeuvre . . . "After Dark" deftly explores existentialist notions of purpose, control, and identity."
-Corrie Pikul, "Elle"
"Unlike many of Murakami's other characters, "After Dark'"s two heroes aren't acutely passive slackers. Night may darken their daily duties, but it can't blacken the ever-shifting shutter speeds of Murakami's cockeyed Kodak . . . His unusual in-camera narration permits even his minor misfits to shine while focusing on how humanity overlooks the spectral figures toiling before dawn . . . It is straight-ahead jazz with a quiet grace."
-Edward Champion, "The Los Angeles Times Book Review"
""After Dark" is a potent and disturbing work, one that is all the more effective for the familiar aspects it presents. He reminds us that the essence of horror in the post-modern narrative is not some gothic extravagance, but the realities that await us outside our doorstep."
--Ted Gioia, "The Boston Globe"
"The best thing about "AfterDark" is its cohesive atmosphere, one of delay and suspense, as time slows down and everybody gets the creeps. If Mr. Murakami were to attempt a 24-hour epic, his would emphasize the night as James James Joyce emphasized the day."
-Benjamin Lytal, "The New York Sun"
"Luminous . . . "After Dark "brings characters together, penetrating their solitude. Here, instead of mining loneliness, the author builds a sense of interweaving destinies and blossoming relationships [in] a tightly controlled narrative, carefully constructed in both time and place . . . We stay alert to exact detail on each page, within every frame. The result is palpable and enthralling . . . Like most of the innovative writer's work, it is bound to linger in the mind for years."
--Lee Makela, "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Strange, confusing, and incredible."
--"Esquire"
"Darkly entertaining."
-"Publishers Weekly"
""After Dark" is a bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. It is a sort of neo-noir flick set in half-empty diners, dark streets and hotel rooms straight out of the paintings of Edward Hopper. It reminds us that while great pleasures make this life worth living, great danger threatens the fictitious stability of our lives . . . that the world is broad, that myths are universal--and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways."
--Juvenal Acosta, "The San Francisco Chronicle"
"Disarmingly intimate, almost tactile . . . The narrative flows like a jazz ballad [in which] each character is unique in his or her loneliness, yet each possesses a capacity for momentary empathy that is both sweet and heartbreaking. Murakami's genius, on both large and small canvases, is to create worlds both utterly alien and disconcertingly familiar."
--Bill Ott, "Booklist"
"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure."
--"Kirkus, "starred review

"From the Hardcover edition."

""After Dark" [is] hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it's [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense."--"The Washington Post Book World"""After Dark "is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece. . . . Standing above the common gloom, Murakami detects phosphorescence everywhere, but chiefly in the auras around people, which glow brightest at night and when combined." --"The New York Times Book Review""Murakami is masterful with symbolism. . . . Night . . . can't blacken the ever-shifting shutter speeds of Murakami's cockeyed Kodak. . . . It is straight-ahead jazz with a quiet grace." --"The Los Angeles Times Book Review""A bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. . . . Murakami's fiction reminds us that the world is broad, that myths are universal-and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways." --"The San Francisco Chronicle""Hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it's [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense." --"The Washington Post Book World" ""After Dark" is a gripping dream. . . . In Murakami's hands, hope is nothing more nor less than a deep, cleansing breath." --"The Boston Globe""What you'll love: The book's spare yet eerily atmospheric scenes will fester under your skin, poking at your equilibrium long after you've finished reading." --"The Washington Post""There's a dreamlike quality to Haruki Murakami's mesmerizing new novel, [where] amid the alienation are flickers of hopefulness springing from seemingly random, serendipitous human interactions and connections. . . . Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakami raises questions about perception and existence [and] captures the palpable loneliness and essential unfathomability at the heart of modern life." --"The Christian Science Monitor""This strange, mesmerizing, spell-binding, voyeuristic novel is impossible to put down." --"The Providence Journal""A metaphysical my

""After Dark" [is] hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it's [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense." "The Washington Post Book World"

""After Dark "is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece. . . . Standing above the common gloom, Murakami detects phosphorescence everywhere, but chiefly in the auras around people, which glow brightest at night and when combined." "The New York Times Book Review"

"Murakami is masterful with symbolism. . . . Night . . . can't blacken the ever-shifting shutter speeds of Murakami's cockeyed Kodak. . . . It is straight-ahead jazz with a quiet grace." "The Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"A bittersweet novel that will satisfy the most demanding literary taste. . . . Murakami's fiction reminds us that the world is broad, that myths are universal-and that while we sleep, the world out there is moving in mysterious and unpredictable ways." "The San Francisco Chronicle"

"Hypnotically eerie, sometimes even funny, but most of all, it s [a book] that keeps ratcheting up the suspense." "The Washington Post Book World"

""After Dark" is a gripping dream. . . . In Murakami's hands, hope is nothing more nor less than a deep, cleansing breath." "The Boston Globe"

"What you ll love: The book s spare yet eerily atmospheric scenes will fester under your skin, poking at your equilibrium long after you ve finished reading." "The Washington Post"

"There s a dreamlike quality to Haruki Murakami s mesmerizing new novel, [where] amid the alienation are flickers of hopefulness springing from seemingly random, serendipitous human interactions and connections. . . . Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakami raises questions about perception and existence [and] captures the palpable loneliness and essential unfathomability at the heart of modern life." "The Christian Science Monitor"

"This strange, mesmerizing, spell-binding, voyeuristic novel is impossible to put down." "The Providence Journal"

"A metaphysical mystery. . . . "After Dark" deftly explores existentialist notions of purpose, control, and identity." "Elle"

"Gripping. . . . Creepy!" "Wired"

"In "After Dark," night seems to be where Murakami was headed all along. . . . He has a natural curiosity about people, a belief that they contain wonders, perhaps none so great as the capacity for human connection." "Newsday""

Evening Standard - Rev'd David Sexton

'This novella is a captivating mood piece, delicate and wistful.'

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  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Oct. 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TKC040
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"It's not as if our lives are divided simply into light and dark. There's a shadowy middle ground. Recognising and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes a certain amount of time and effort."

2007 has been a good year for short novels. Ian McEwen returned to form with `On Chesil Beach,' his best work for years and I was desperately excited to get my hands on the long awaited return of Haruki Murakami with his latest novel, `After Dark'. After all, Murakami, like McEwan is one of the leading short story writers in the world and `Sputnik Sweetheart' remains his finest work to date.

The first thing to say is that this is a very short novel. At just 201 pages it took me barely 4 hours and I am not a fast reader. Some may say this is not value for money but does quantity really equal quality? This, like everything Murakami writes, is worth every penny you spend on it.

The story is that of Tokyo after darkness, when the sun goes down and the lights go on. It is the perfect setting for a Murakami novel: jazz records play leisurely in the background of late night bars, the streets are deserted and his usual ensemble of well meaning loaners in search of themselves have deep, revelatory conversations which unwind slowly over a cup of coffee and a cigarette. `After Dark' is like the distilled essence of everything Murakami has ever written.

Mari, a nineteen year old girl, is sitting alone in a coffee bar reading a thick novel and waiting for the night to pass. Takahashi is savouring his bands last all-night rehearsal and has stopped in for some coffee. It is almost midnight. Back at home, Eri Asai (Mari's sister) has been asleep for two months, a sleeping beauty.
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Like many other reviewers here I have read all of the English translations of Murakami's work. I am slightly surprised by the mixed/negative reviews here. At the same time I am a bit disappointed that we all haven't shared the same experience, because I loved this book. I think it is among his best work, and I think that it is a must-read for anyone looking to start on Murakami's literature. I lived in Tokyo and know Shinjuku quite well, so the description of the area is very evocative to me (you may already know that the look of Blade Runner is modeled on Shinjuku). Apart from that, I thought the dialog was nearly perfect, and that the expression of Japanese youth was very subtle but precise. Not to mention the sort-of love story and the sort-of love between the sisters. Both of these are very realistic and moving. Maybe my views are the exception here, but since the book is a short 200 pages, you don't have to invest too much time to decide for yourself.
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I read this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016. I’m doing the challenge in category order. This is my book for the ‘a book translated into English’ category.

After Dark is one of the best and most challenging books I’ve read in ages. I loved it. This is not my usual sort of book. At times it was like being trapped in some weird, disjoined and trippy dream; the kind of dreams where there are lots of shadows and things you can never quite see. I quite enjoyed being pulled along by Murakami’s amazing, vivid and descriptive writing. I’m not a fan of hard books and tend to get on better with books I can get through fairly quickly. This is the kind of book that reminds you of how good it feels to be completely absorbed in what an author has created between the pages (or between the back and front cover of my Kindle). I thought this was a wonderful, surprising book. I need to read more by this author.
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I came to Murakami's work a little late - there's no excuse, really - but 'Kafka on the Shore' won me over. For better or worse, almost certainly the former, its enigmatic characters and calculated prose struck a chord in this reader. Plus, cats. It's a book I've recommended to many, and I'll continue to do so. It also started me on quite the trip, as over the next few years I travelled through Murakami's back catalogue, largely loving those fictional delights I found there. There were a few hiccups, of course - although some of the author's short stories are unqualified successes, the vast majority of them simply didn't have the length to exude the sense of depth that is perhaps the greatest draw of Murakami's work. But overall, it would be difficult to argue that we are witnessing anything less than the development of one of our era's greatest literary minds.

Sadly, I can't proclaim that 'After Dark' continues this evolution. Murakami's premise is an uncharacteristically simple one, which certainly contributes to the brevity of the text - but this is not a novel you want to go on for any longer than it does. The notion of the night as a character is tired as is, and regardless of the length of 'After Dark', it is a premise stretched far beyond its means. We have much to be grateful to longtime translator Jay Rubin for, but his work this time around is particularly literal, and to the reader's detriment. Add to this Murakami's jarringly self-conscious use of certain narrative devices, an overwhelmingly uninteresting cast of characters, stilted dialogue, I could go on.
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