By Haruki Murakami
A brief, smooth novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among hour of darkness and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up chicken Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.
At its middle are sisters—Eri, a manner version drowsing her method into oblivion, and Mari, a tender scholar quickly led from solitary interpreting at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are notably alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met ahead of, a burly lady “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by means of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted through secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that would continue them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman suffering from the mark of his crime—will both restoration or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from captivating drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and area in addition to reminiscence and standpoint right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the ability of commentary and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and grab of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery.
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Mari is a tiny girl, and the woman is built like a barn, maybe two or three inches shy of six feet. Mari gives up and lets the woman pay for her. They step outside. The street is as busy as ever despite the time. Electronic sounds from the game centre. Shouts of karaoke club barkers. Motorcycle engines roaring. Three young men sit on the pavement outside a shuttered shop doing nothing in particular. When Mari and the woman pass by, the three look up and follow them with their eyes, probably wondering about this odd couple, but saying nothing, just staring.
Her small, well-shaped lips are tightened into a straight line. At first glance, we can discern no sign of breathing, but staring hard we can make out a slight—a very slight—movement at the base of her throat. She is breathing. She lies with her head on the pillow as if looking up at the ceiling. She is not, in fact, looking at anything. Her eyelids are closed like hard winter buds. Her sleep is deep. She is probably not even dreaming. 25 A F T E R D A R K As we observe Eri Asai, we gradually come to sense that there is something about her sleep that is not normal.
Motorcycle engines roaring. Three young men sit on the pavement outside a shuttered shop doing nothing in particular. When Mari and the woman pass by, the three look up and follow them with their eyes, probably wondering about this odd couple, but saying nothing, just staring. The shutter is covered with spray-painted graffiti. "My name's Kaoru," the woman says. " "Glad to meet you," Mari says. "Sorry for dragging you out like this. " Mari doesn't know how to respond, and so she says nothing. "Want me to carry your bag?