Friday, 17 February 2012

Friday Recommends #20

So it's Friday again, and that means another exciting Friday Recommends!
This is an exciting book blog hop that book bloggers can take part in once a week to share with their followers, the books that they most recommend reading!

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  • Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
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  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Goodreads synopsis:
The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home.

Later, Mari is interrupted again by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, and she needs Mari's help.

Meanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; she has lain asleep for two months. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television's plug has been pulled out.

Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

This book definitely left me thinking for a long while after I'd finished reading it. It's a short novel, but a powerful and surreal one, that takes place over the course of one night in Japan. I think the novel left me with more questions than it started off with - What was the meaning of all the surreal events of the novel? It is definitely something worth considering.

One of the most effective tools that Murakami uses to draw the reader in, is having the narrative directly address the reader. So rather than seeing everything through the eyes of the various characters, it is set up as though we can see it for ourselves. Bizarre, but quietly effective.

Although the only other Murakami novel I've read so far is Norwegian Wood, and this is about as different from that as you can get from the beauty and reality of what is known as one of Murakami's great masterpieces, After Dark definitely has its appeal. A strange read, but definitely one worth giving a go.


Raine said...

The title made me thought of something else and it was different from what the summary related. This seems to have a supernatural feel to it. I'll check out both books when I spot them at the book shop.

Adriana C said...

I have in my plans to read a book from Haruki Murakami, I was planning to read Norwegian Wood or 1Q84,but maybe I read this book first it sounds really interesting.

Diana_Dimovska said...

I am a huge fan of Murakami. This book is on my "to buy list". I had a dream not long ago that I was buying this book. :D And I will make it come true! :D

Vero G. Jimenez said...

I really want read this book, Murakami book are the best, thanks for the review

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