After Dark (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

A graceful, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the spooky hours among nighttime and sunrise, through an the world over popular literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and grab of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up chicken Chronicle overseas bestsellers, with a shocking infusion of center, Murakami has produced considered one of his such a lot enthralling fictions but.

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They step outside. The street is as busy as ever despite the time. Electronic sounds from the game centre. Shouts of karaoke club barkers. Motorcycle engines roaring. Three young men sit on the pavement outside a shuttered shop doing nothing in particular. When Mari and the woman pass by, the three look up and follow them with their eyes, probably wondering about this odd couple, but saying nothing, just staring. The shutter is covered with spray-painted graffiti. "My name's Kaoru," the woman says.

I don't mind if you forgot my name. It's about as ordinary as a name can be. Even I feel like forgetting it sometimes. It's not that easy, though, to forget your own name. " He glances out of the window as if in search of something he should not have lost. Then he turns towards Mari again. "One thing always mystified me, and that is, why didn't your sister ever get into the pool that time? " Mari looks at him as if to say, You mean you don't get that, either? "She didn't want her make-up to wash off.

See the neon sign, 'Alphaville'? " When she hears the name, Mari can't help staring at Kaoru. " "Don't worry. It's okay. " Walking on, Kaoru turns and says, "Uh-huh. " "No, he's in another building near here. In the basement. His band's practising all night. " The two walk in through the front door of the Alphaville. Guests at this hotel choose their room from large photos on display in the foyer, press the corresponding numbered button, receive their key, and take the lift straight to the room.

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