By Haruki Murakami
A brief, smooth novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among middle of the night 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 way version snoozing her approach into oblivion, and Mari, a tender scholar quickly led from solitary examining at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are greatly alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met ahead of, a burly girl “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized via a businessman. those “night people” are haunted through secrets and techniques and desires that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing conditions that would retain them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman tormented by the mark of his crime—will both repair or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enchanting drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and area in addition to reminiscence and point of view right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the facility of statement and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and clutch of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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The man does not move. Every now and then he takes a long, deep breath and his shoulders slowly rise and fall. He could be a hostage who has been confined to a single room for a very long time. Hovering around him there seems to be a drawn-out sense of resignation. Not that he is tied to the chair: he just sits there with his back straight, breathing quietly, staring at one spot directly in front of him. We cannot tell by looking at him whether he has decided for himself that he will not move or he has been placed into some kind of situation that does not permit him to move.
Took you long enough. " "Pretty much. " Kaoru lets Mari in and closes the door. Besides the redhaired woman there is another employee in the room, a small woman who wears her hair up and is mopping the floor. Kaoru does a quick introduction. "This is Mari. The one who can speak Chinese. The 36 1 2 : 2 5 A . M . redhead here is Komugi. Yeah, I know it sounds like 'Wheat,' but it's the name her parents gave her, so what're ya gonna do? " "Glad to meet you," says Mari. "The other one over there is Korogi.
Never mind, it's the least I can do. " When they stand up, the difference in their sizes becomes obvious. 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.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami