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She has lain asleep for two months But tonight a the digital clock displays 0000 a hint of life flickers across the TV screen though the television's plug has been pulled outStrange nocturnal happenings or a trick of the nig 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 portions I open my eyes flip the switch and welcome the light in its hostile splendour I m not thirsty I m not hungry I m tired but unwilling to try to sleep unwilling to fight a battle that I ve already lost Milk Milk never uenches my thirst it never stills my hunger but I always have some in my fridge It soothes me on a level that is neither nutritional or hydrating Milk is said to strengthen the bones but I sense that it softens me Milk will manage to soften the hard edges of this sleepless night My feet are cold as I make my way to the fridge The floor hasn t been cleaned in a little while and I feel small grains of cluttered dust sand and crumbles cling to the soles of my feet I rub them off and feel a slight disgust with both myself and the floor I tip toe the rest of the way and I feel betterThe fridge is empty No milk No water No produce The light my nemesis of the night luxuriates in this deserted white scenery as a victorious conueror I close the door in displeasure but in the speed of the movement I see a flash of darkness I open the door again and notice a black book sitting on the middle shelf Wondering how it got there and how I missed it before I pick it up After Dark by Haruki Murakami Even though my feet still feel dirty I slip back into bed and start reading The mood is palpable from the first sentence onwards and I m taken away into a scenery where sympathetic darkness prevails allowing glimpses into its secrets Mirrors shadows cats and dead television sets become gateways to another world It s a world of mysterious uestions to which tuna sandwiches a set of sharpened pencils a trombone and a baseball cap are its incomprehensible but valid answers Conversations glean additional significance from the darkness that surrounds them Everyday objects become laden with meaning I am close to understanding the night as I feel it both within the pages and within me I wake up

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アフターダーク Afutā dāku

The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all night diner Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man a musician intrudes on her solitude Both have missed the last train homeLater Mari is interrupted 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 never meet Murakami makes me feel exactly this way I will never meet him or get to make his acuaintance But then don t I know him alreadyFew other writers speak to me the way he does Every time I open a book by him I feel at home I let the surrealistic worlds of his creation engulf me in a warm embrace and sweep me away into an unknown abyss of turbulent feelings darkness and melancholia I know I can latch onto his hand and take a walk inside the darkest recesses of my own mind that I wasn t even aware existed I know I can let him become my guide my own personal magician with a wide range of tricks up his sleeve I know I can nurture an unshakeable faith in the illusions he begets Because as always he will unveil the grand truth of the matter in the end and offer enlightenment of a uniue kind After Dark reinforces this unadulterated pristine devotion that I feel for this man Through the bizarre events that a set of individuals go through all in one night Murakami explores the seedy underbelly of a city and perhaps our existence Love hotel managers Chinese prostitutes and gangsters a young college going girl struggling with a vague identity crisis her beautiful older sister who lies in a state of perpetual somnolence but doesn t die an optimistic young man who plays the trombone in a band an ordinary office worker who turns violent under the helpful cover of the night these are the wonderfully strange people he designates as our guides to his kaleidoscopic landscapesLike the master of imagery that he is he creates one seductively beautiful vignette after another and pastes them together into a mesmerizing collage of the collective human consciousness He fishes out the soul of a city so bereft of life and substantial movement after the sun has set He unleashes all the inglorious impulses and unholy emotions that bob up to the surface of our consciousness when the dazzling light of the day is no longer there to help keep them in check and lets us witness how his characters grapple with them He analyzes and dissects our darkest nocturnal human tendencies with astounding sensitivity He goes deeper yet and tries to reveal the paradox of dualism in any individual the stark differences between our daytime selves and darker nighttime selves and how effortlessly both can co exist in harmony but are separated by an unbridgeable riftI am very much tempted to give this 5 stars but I have seen Murakami deal with complex themes and create even staggeringly raw and visceral images with the aid of his powerful writing Hence 4 stars it is for now

Summary アフターダーク Afutā dāku

Again by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client and she needs Mari's helpMeanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri sleeps a deep heavy sleep that is 'to perfect too pure' to be normal; Original Review March 8 2011A 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 sessionIt s also close to what you would call high concept in the film industry Its execution is not much than its conceptionAll of the action takes place from 1156pm to 652am on a midwinter night or less after dark when the days are shortest and the nights are longestHidden MeaningMurakami s writing is stripped back simple present tense in the style of detective fiction yet there is always a sense of deeper meaning even if it is or remains hiddenWe see the surface almost like a camera but we know there is something behind it even if he doesn t choose or have to describe itBeware of Darkness Darkness is an extended metaphor throughout the entire novelAt the most superficial level it describes the night However it also represents the darkness of the human soulThis level of meaning is most likely to resonate with its likely audience youth in their teens or early twenties who are still trying to piece together some sense of the meaning of life and how they fit into itThe Same People Just a Different CaveBefore people developed the technology to build houses they huddled together in caves at night primarily to escape their predators but also to share their collective warmthDarkness then created a sense of family if not society as wellLanguage as a form of communication probably developed during these hours of darkness when there was little else to doNow that we can build accommodation we create smaller scale individualised caves where we can live alone and lonelyWhat was once a source of comfort has become a source of alienationThe Life of BuildingsThis spiritual or anti spiritual life of buildings in Murakami s fiction has been coming for some timeThe homes office blocks cafes bars and hotels in his novels take on a life of their own They are characters with their own mysteries that embrace and surround the human characters They re almost microcosms with their own cosmic significanceInside these buildings we can be easily lured away from interaction with other humans even the members of our own familySister Feelings Call AgainMari and her beautiful sister Eri are two sides of the one coin their names are only one syllable apart that have lost touch with each otherEri is at home sleeping a deep sleep that is too perfect too pure and has lasted for two monthsLate in the book we learn that they once embraced each other for protection in a lift while it remained trapped in darkness in a blackout Spiritually it was the closest they ever came to each other a return to the comfort of the caveSince then they have drifted apart for no discernible reasonMetaphorically they have lost touch but it s almost as if it is important that they have literally lost touch as wellClose to YouAlthough Eri never fully regains consciousness during the span of the novel their reconciliation and sense of wholeness begin when Mari learns to open up personally over the course of meetings with strangers during the night and decides to sleep in Eri s bed holding her close under the sheets just as the sun starts to rise and the darkness starts to dissipateOpen Up and Let Me InIn Murakami s concluding words this hint of things to come takes time to expand in the new morning light and we attempt to watch it unobtrusively with deep concentration The night has begun to open up at lastThroughout the night we have watched two flowers start to blossomor likely two shrubs about to re blossomIn a sense they have emerged from the dark and into the light They are literally after dark or post darknessThere is a suggestion of a recurring cycle at work here too Just as day follows night night follows dayDarkness Becomes Light and Light Becomes DarknessMurakami s very last words are that the hint of things to come will continue to expand in the light at least until the next darkness arrivesThis might just mean that we will retreat to our caves at night pending a new sunriseBut it could also mean that all through our lives we have to deal with darkness and depression but we have to remember that there will be a new sunrise especially if we make it happen ourselvesIs Once a Night EnoughSomeone has suggested that this novel could be the first in a trilogy based around these charactersThere are a myriad of uestions that the detective in the reader wants to find answers forOn the other hand the metaphorical significance of the novel and its title is complete in one volume


10 thoughts on “アフターダーク Afutā dāku

  1. says:

    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 unsatisfyingTo me Murakami is a great author for teaching you how to read forgive

  2. says:

    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 wo

  3. says:

    This really isn’t a novel to be rushed This is a novel to be savoured and appreciated and I think this uote here captures a large pa

  4. says:

    Original Review March 8 2011A 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 sessionIt's also close to what you would call high concept in the film industry Its execution is not much than its conceptionAll of the action takes place from 1156pm to 652am on a midwinter night or less after dark when the days are shortest and the nig

  5. says:

    アフターダーク Afutā Dāku After Dark Haruki MurakamiAfter Dark is a 2004 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami

  6. says:

    Eye's mark the shape of the cityThere 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 charac

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Clearly his efforts are becoming and of a nuisance because you must read his entire body of work you need to trudge through latter stuff like this one Verrrry Minor Murakami The best thing The open endedness in some of the v

  9. says:

    WHY DO I NOT READ MURAKAMI MORE OFTENVideo review will be up Wednesday

  10. says:

    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

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