After Dark, is a novella that follows the entwining paths of Mari and Takahashi, typical Murakami characters who navigate the city at night, either working, playing or simply passing the time until da...
The book looks at the different states of consciousness, a dark/light theme and A sleeping beauty theme that runs throughout the book.
Murakami gives us an interesting insight into an eclectic mix of people and lifestyles in nocturnal Tokyo. The characters are believable and compelling.
Murakami's work leaves you thinking about it long after you've put the book down. He perfectly captures the deep hopes, fears and thoughts of these everyday people who all hold some kind of secret inside themselves. In the end, they are trying to gain some inner understanding of their own personal problems and forge connections along the way.
I found Murakami’s writing style to be very evocative and gives a sense of time and place, transporting you effortlessly.
This style of writing was new to me. It is a different read but leaves too many questions in the end.
I would have preferred if the answers to why the protagonist sister went into such a deep slumber, who was the faceless man, what happened to the techie guy were brought about toward the end of the book.
The story is basically based on 6 lives who are connected with each other in a very dramatic way. The whole story starts and ends between midnight and morning. We all have dark sides which we don't show to the outside world. We fight with the darkness. We all have a story untold, a trauma that runs inside our mind. A very interesting plot with interesting fact. Loved it.