By Haruki Murakami
A brief, smooth novel of encounters set in Tokyo throughout 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 way version drowsing her method into oblivion, and Mari, a tender pupil quickly led from solitary interpreting at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are noticeably alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met earlier than, a burly woman “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by way of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by way of secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing conditions that will continue them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman affected by the mark of his crime—will both restoration or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enchanting drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and area in addition to reminiscence and viewpoint right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the facility of commentary and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and take hold of of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery.
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But the jumble subsides, and the original image returns. Eri Asai is still sound asleep in the bed. The artificial glow of the television screen produces moving shadows on her profile but does not disturb her sleep. The man on the screen wears a dark brown business suit. The suit may well have been an impressive article of clothing in its day, but now it is clearly worn out. Patches of something like white dust cling to the sleeves and back. The man wears black, round-toed shoes which are also smudged with dust.
It is too pure, too perfect. Not a muscle in her face, not an eyelash moves. Her slender white neck preserves the dense tranquility of a handcrafted product. Her small chin traces a clean angle like a well-shaped headland. Even in the profoundest somnolence, people do not tread so deeply into the realm of sleep. They do not attain such a total surrender of consciousness. But consciousness—or its absence—is of no concern as long as the functions for sustaining life are maintained. Eri’s pulse and respiration continue at the lowest possible level.
He raises both palms toward her as if to say, Sorry for butting in. “I’ll probably be back here around five in the morning for a snack,” he says. “I’ll be hungry again. ” “My sister wouldn’t know the difference between a trombone and a toaster oven. ” “Everybody’s got their own battlefields,” he says with a smile. He takes a notebook from his coat pocket and writes something in it with a ballpoint pen. He tears the page out and hands it to her. “This is the number of my cell phone. Call me if anything happens.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami