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By Haruki Murakami
A brief, modern novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among dead night and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up chook Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.
At its heart are sisters—Eri, a manner version napping her means into oblivion, and Mari, a tender pupil quickly led from solitary interpreting at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are appreciably 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 via a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by way of secrets and techniques and desires that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that may retain 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 repair or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enthralling drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and house 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 statement and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and snatch of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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I mean…her, uh, period started all of a sudden before they could do anything. It was early. So he got mad a n d … " "Well, she couldn't help it," says Komugi. " Kaoru clucks and says, "Okay, that's enough from you, Komugi. " "Yes, ma'am. Sorry," Komugi says and leaves the office. "So he's all set to do it, the woman gets her period, he goes crazy, beats the shit out of her, grabs her money and 41 A F T E R D A R K clothes, and gets the hell out of there," Kaoru says. " Mari nods. " "That's okay, we're used to it," Kaoru says.
I mean, this was a case of assault with bodily injury. We could've called the cops. But then you guys would've had a little explaining to do, right? So just 46 1 2 : 2 5 A . M . pay us our sixty-eight hundred yen and we'll be satisfied. Won't even charge you for the beer. " The man stares at Kaoru with expressionless eyes. He looks up at the neon sign: Alphaville. He takes off a glove again, pulls a leather billfold from his jacket pocket, counts out seven thousand-yen bills, and lets them drop to his feet.
What the man in the mask is staring at with his invisible eyes is the sleeping form of Eri. It finally dawns on us: this is what he has been doing all along. He is able to see through to this side. The television screen is functioning as a window on this room. Now and then the picture flickers and recovers. The static also increases. The noise sounds like an amplified sonic version of someone's brain waves. It rises with increasing density, but at a certain point it peaks, begins to degrade, and eventually dies out.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami