After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Excellent book. Murakami’s name leapt out at me because I was looking for something new to read and The Slants have a spoken word song named after him. I like to think of it as a post-modern film noir set in Tokyo, around two sisters named Eri and Mari, and how their lives connect to each other, an old friend, an abused Chinese prostitute and the keepers of a “love hotel” that found her that way, and the abuser of the Chinese prostitute, all in the course of one night.

The ending was a bit of a let down, but then aren’t all film noir endings let downs? If you do pick it up, think of it as more of a quick peek into people’s lives when the sun goes down. In my mind I expected a clearer ending, but the resolution we are given is tastefully done and just makes you think for a bit after you close it. It was short, only about 200 or something pages.

I’m looking forward to reading his other works. I heard “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” is quite good. We have it at the store, but it’s so thick! I was like, “Whoa.” It’s definitely going on my wish list though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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