After Dark by Haruki Murakami
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After Dark Summary
A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn. At its center are two sistersEri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Dennys toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims theyve met before, a burly female love hotel manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These night people are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eris slumbermysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crimewill either restore or annihilate her.
After Dark Reviews
"[P]robing, wonderfully improvisational dialogues...sustain the book until the ambiguous, mostly upbeat dénouement." - PW.
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Haruki Murakami Author Biography
Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and graduated from the Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1975. He and his wife lived in Europe and the United States from 1986 to 1995 before returning to Tokyo. He did not write his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing (1979, translated 1987) until he was in his thirties. His major breakthrough came in 1987 with the publication of Norwegian Wood - a coming of age story named after the Beatles' song, which is somewhat different to his other books in that it is written in a realistic style, whereas his...
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