After Dark

  • by Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by Janet Song
  • 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before, a burly female "love hotel" manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space, as well as memory and perspective, into a seamless exploration of human agency. Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

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What the Critics Say

"Darkly entertaining" (Publishers Weekly)
"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Disarmingly intimate, almost tactile...The narrative flows like a jazz ballad [in which] each character is unique in his or her loneliness, yet each possesses a capacity for momentary empathy that is both sweet and heartbreaking. Murakami's genius, on both large and small canvases, is to create worlds both utterly alien and disconcertingly familiar." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Six hour short story

I love Murakami, but this book is larceny. It is 6 hours describing nothing. In fact, the book takes place in a 6 hour period. Dull characters, loose ends, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.
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- Devo

Very enjoyable, but loose ends

I'm a Haruki fan, enjoyed this because of the usual juxtaposition of the ordinary and the surreal, the wonderful use of language. BUT just when I felt that I was getting to know and love the characters, the book ended. It needs a sequel.
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- Jessie-messie-bo-bessie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio