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After Dark
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
A short, sleek novel of encounters set in the witching hours of Tokyo between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakamis masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.At its center are two sisters: Yuri, a fashion model sleeping her way into oblivion; and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Dennys into lives radically alien to her own: those of a jazz trombonist who claims theyve met before; a burly female love hotel manager and her maidstaff; and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These night people are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Yuris slumbermysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime will either restore or annihilate her.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 the interplay between self-expression and understanding, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakamis trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creatureor more, like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old, sending out new consumables and collecting the old, sending out new contradictions and collecting the old. To the rhythm of its pulsing, all parts of the body flicker and flare up and squirm. Midnight is approaching, and while the peak of activity has indeed passed, the basal metabolism that maintains life continues undiminished, producing the basso continuo of the citys moan, a monotonous sound that neither rises nor falls but is pregnant with foreboding.from After Dark
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Hazel2019
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Honestly the first half did not seem like something Murakami would write. But perhaps it was the necessary setup. The second half starts developing some of the familiar Murakami features. There are themes of duality, some magical realism, and lots on sleep (and lack thereof). Felt short though. Could have done lots more with it. 3.5 ⭐️

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qas
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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I read this book and really enjoyed it. It's spanned out in one night but has so much to offer in terms of feelings, veiws etc. It's very different to other books I've read but a good one.

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BookishRedhead
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Takes place during the night.
Not as weird as his other stuff but still enjoyable.
We follow Mari and a few others around.
Nice little one sitting read

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Hazel2019
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Some more #Murakami coming up. Hope this one doesn‘t disappoint.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🎈 4mo
Hazel2019 @Eggs Thanks! 😊 4mo
EllieDottie This is the first book of his I read and I really liked it! (Maybe because it was my first!) 4mo
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RachelS89
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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- After Dark
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
- Dream a Little Dream Of Me

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙 5mo
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Bibliogeekery
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Cute!

Heideschrampf @scripturient sound familiar? 7mo
scripturient @Heideschrampf Hahaha, that would be me. 😂😁 7mo
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DePaepe
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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This has immediately become one my favorites by #Murakami. I can't put it down. I've read over 3/4 of this novel in two bus rides.

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ReadingEnvy
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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This was a short novel so I just decided to read the entire thing after trying it as part of my project to explode my TBR. It's not super memorable as a whole but has a lot of the known Murakami tropes - cats, jazz music, slight elements of surreality or fantasy. I Ioved how it started in a Denny's, and the commentary about how time moves differently at night.

Centique I read this recently and loved the Denny‘s opening too. I need more nighttime in the city atmospheric books if you have any suggestions? 11mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique ooh fun question. Does it have to be Japan and does it have to be fiction? 11mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy nope. Open to anything! 11mo
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ReadingEnvy @Centique this one is a good wandering the streets at all times of day book 11mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique this one has a magical other realm attached to a foggy European city 11mo
ReadingEnvy This one had more Japanese atmospheric stuff 11mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy thank you so much! I have 1Q84 so will read it soon and have stacked the other two. Much appreciated! 11mo
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cathysaid
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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I would love to see your favorites!

#2018Fiction #2018

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cathysaid
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Once again, Murakami combines the normal with the surreal...the mundane with the metaphorical...and creates a bizarre masterpiece. During one night, these characters enter each other‘s lives through oddly interconnected events; and while nothing seemingly significant comes of these random meetings, we‘re left with the impression that after each finally sleeps, the new day will bring life changing realizations for all. 4 ⭐️

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cathysaid
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“...she seems to be biting off and chewing it one line at a time.”

❤️ Murikami

JamieArc I think one of my reading goals next year needs to be to finally read some Murakami... 13mo
cathysaid @JamieArc I think that‘s a fine idea! 13mo
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broughtyoubooks
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Mehso-so

A little less easy to follow compared to some of his other stuff. Or more, that the story seemed to encompass too many parts, while trying to establish that they were all actually connected. It's not an awful book, worth reading, but just not one that stands against his other works.

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Aaronlisa
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I read this one slowly. It‘s not your traditional novel with a defined plot and whatnot but it has that dreamy, surreal feeling of being awake all night. Of killing time before you can get home and sleep. It‘s a haunting story.

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Centique
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I‘ve gone AWOL from my official TBR and am following my book cravings at the moment! Had a craving to read about Tokyo and this was great. My second Murakami and I‘m a fan of the beautiful weirdness. A couple of teens meet in a Denny‘s late at night, before the night ends they will have crossed paths with a bunch of nocturnal characters and had a glimpse of other worlds and lives not lived.

Reggie Oooooh, sounds good!!! 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds great ! and sounds great to go AWOL ! You go girl 😉❤️ 1y
Centique Thanks @Reggie and thanks @Cathythoughts I‘m a loose cannon at the moment - six library books out at once 😱😱😱 (my owned unread books are glaring at me) 1y
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Cinfhen They have Denny‘s in Tokyo @shawnmooney !?!?! 1y
Centique @Cinfhen we have them here too #ubiquitous I haven‘t been there for years but this book reminded me of how I used to frequent them as a uni student and now I‘m having cravings for their Super Bird turkey sandwich 😂😂 1y
Cinfhen Hahaha! Nothing beats their French fries at 3:30 in the morning....extra salty & crispy with lots of ketchup!!!! 🍟😋 1y
Centique @Cinfhen too right! 1y
BarbaraBB Great review! 1y
Robothugs I have never read any of his books but I see them all the time in the bookstore and I see good reviews. What would you recommend starting with? 1y
Centique @Robothugs I‘ve only read 2 so far! Kafka on the Shore was my first one and it was awesome. He‘s so easy to read too. Only thing is there is a depiction of animal cruelty in it if that‘s a trigger for you? It‘s just one page and could be skipped over I think. 1y
Robothugs It‘s not, but still good to know! I may try that one first! 1y
Centique @Robothugs yay! Hope you enjoy it. Tag me when you‘ve finished! ( time zones mean I miss a lot of US Littens posts unless I go searching 🙂🙃) 1y
Robothugs I will! I‘ll write a note to remind myself to. I miss some of my favorite Littens because of timezones, too! 1y
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rachelk
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My first Haruki Murakami read — and certainly won‘t be my last. It is a simple story with very little in the way of plot but with such a haunting, surreal quality that it slowly burned an impression on my psyche unlike anything else.

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ShannonOffDuty
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Murakami is such a good conceptual writer. Never insults his readers with predictable trash but also never tries too hard. #murakami

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cathysaid
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Thank god #bookmail awaited me when I came home from a supremely shitty Monday starting when the AC died at my office this morning (FYI I live in Hotlanta) and ending with dental work this afternoon. I shall now drink wine and lovingly (perhaps inappropriately) stroke "my pretties" (books, I swear I mean books ?). But first, I must check the employee handbook to see how little clothing I can wear tomorrow and still keep my job. #itssofrigginghot

rmaclean4 Sorry to hear you had a rotten day. 2y
Zelma Ugh, I feel your pain. Our ac went out at work (south Louisiana) a few years ago and it was miserable. 2y
cathysaid @rmaclean4 Aw, thanks. I realized how spoiled we are here in the south with AC! @Zelma I'm completely unproductive. My brain is mush! 2y
Suet624 😂😂😂💕 2y
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RealLifeReading
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Just before midnight at a Denny‘s somewhere in Tokyo, a young woman named Mari sits reading a book.

Before dawn breaks she will have met a young man who plays a trombone, a Chinese prostitute who has been beaten by her client, and a former wrestler turned love hotel manager.

As always, a good read from Murakami.

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RealLifeReading
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Good morning Littens! How‘s your weekend going?
I started this book last night and am already halfway through it. It‘s been ages since I‘ve read Murakami so I‘m enjoying sinking into his world.
My in-laws arrived from Singapore yesterday evening bringing lots of treats and homemade cookies (pineapple tarts and cashew cookies) and books for the boys. So we will be out and about today trying to help them get over jet lag!
What are you up to?

JacqMac My dad is in town, so our day will be similar to yours. 2y
CaitlinR Love Murakami, but haven‘t read this one. Thanks! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yes!! One of my favorites. Very seductive. 2y
kayceecruz Greek Festival with my mother today! 2y
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radhikeey
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This is one nice read, very beautifully written. The writer takes you inside the minds of the main characters and describes the various life changing incidents of all the characters which is also very beautifully described. After reading I found myself at peace because of the way the author ended the book. This is surely a pick 😇✌️👌❤️#litsy #litzyAtoZ #Murakami

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😸 2y
radhikeey @BookwormAHN Thank you 😀 2y
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radhikeey
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My bookshelf is kind of getting messy and is now out of space. Am half way through this amazing book and just couldn't wait for what comes next.

Rosy_Glinda I love After Dark! 2y
radhikeey @Rosy_Glinda I loved it too! Ending specially 😍 2y
Rosy_Glinda I just really really like Murakami as an author. The writing feels especially relevant right now. 2y
radhikeey @Rosy_Glinda I totally agree with you. His writing style is really beautiful. 2y
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iporto
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"Memory is so crazy! It's like we've got these drawers crammed with tons of useless stuff. Meanwhile, all the really important things we just keep forgetting, one after the other."

Graywacke Well, this strikes close to home 2y
iporto @Graywacke It does! 2y
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Jamesmelvinmitchell
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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An absolutely beautiful book, something marvelous happens as you are drawn into this world of people after dark. Just beautiful writing.

EllieDottie I just finished this book in January and I really liked it!! 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @EllieDottie have you read any others? 2y
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Quasifesto
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Build Your Dream Library And We'll Recommend You A Book To Read https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/build-a-library-get-a-book?utm_term=.ykl5lpL...

callielafleur I got this same book, which I've already read 😂😂 2y
readordierachel I got The Blind Assassin by Atwood. Legit! 2y
booksandsympathy I got The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood 2y
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AshleyHoss820 This is what I got: 2y
Lcsmcat I got The Blind Assassin, which I read years ago. 2y
Thndrstd I also got The Blind Assassin which is on my TBR pile 2y
SpeculativeFemale I got Swing Time by Zadie Smith. 2y
eachwishrezigned I got Persepolis, which is actually on my reading list for the year. 2y
CherryPie Purple Hibiscus twice and Swing Time once. 2y
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mauveandrosysky
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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After Dark is a surreal and bewitching meditation on temporality and dualism. As with much of Murakami's fiction, there's an elusiveness to it. Sometimes that can be frustrating, but in such an ephemeral, dreamlike setting (the dead of night between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.) it mostly works here. Very cool use of the first-person plural narrative device, too.

ephemeralwaltz One of my favorites! 2y
Blaire I love murakami but was not familiar with this one! Stacked! 2y
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Alisnazzy
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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So a week ago or so, I sent out a tweet of my Murakami collection saying all I wanted for Christmas was for it to be complete and my twitter friend Bre asked for my address. I didn‘t think she‘d actually send me something. I‘ve never been so glad to be wrong. I‘m literally crying over this. I‘m so humbled and happy right now 💖

TrishB That‘s lovely ❤️ 2y
suvata Very special 2y
DeborahSmall Lovely 💕 2y
cathysaid How sweet! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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C --> Catcher in the Rye, The
L --> Long Walk, The
A --> After Dark
R --> Room
A --> All the Light We Cannot See

#booknames

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EllieDottie
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I really need to get going on my reading challenges! I have a lot to finish before 2018! I'm reading this for published 10 years ago! #dark #noteworthynovember

Billypar This was my first Murakami, and as it turns out, my least favorite. But I really liked it- least favorite Murakami beats many favorites from other authors 😃 2y
EllieDottie @Billypar this is my first one! I'm excited! I'm liking it so far! Which ones would you recommend?? 2y
Billypar Wind-up Bird Chronicle is my favorite, and also one of my all-time favorite novels. It's long, but excellent all the through. Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance are a pair with the same main character (should be read in that order). Both mysteries, both fantastic, especially DDD. Hard-boiled Wonderland... is the most fast-paced of all, a thriller/fantasy blend. Kafka on the Shore is also great. Norwegian Wood and IQ84 are on my TBR next. 2y
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blanketandcocoa
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Panpan

Unimpressed and slightly annoyed. One weird thing juxtaposed against uninteresting scenes of life after dark, and characters I couldn't care about. Reads like the first draft of a first-time novelist. I was expecting so much more.

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blanketandcocoa
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“Wherever the intention of each might lie, we are together being carried along at the same speed down the same river of time.”

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Bitacoraliteraria
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BookishBrooklyn
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This was definitely what I call an interesting book! It kept me wondering all the way through, I was feeling for Mari, I really enjoyed her character and I felt sorry for her throughout, and wandered what was happening with Eri. This had several filler chapters throughout and definitely not enough answers! #bookcommunity #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #murakami

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JenP
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Every time I go to the bookstore I seem to come home with another Murakami. These are the ones I haven't read yet.

ephemeralwaltz Men Without Women is marvellous 😍 3y
ephemeralwaltz After Dark is also one of my favorites! 3y
Yellowpigeon I love him!! I'm in the middle of 1Q84 3y
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JenP @ephemeralwaltz After Dark is probably the one I will read next! 3y
JenP @Yellowpigeon that's a good one! 3y
Tamra 👌🏾Your stack made me realize I haven't read any Murakami lately. (edited) 3y
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zwischen_meinen_zeilen
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Ich lese gerade mein erstes Buch von Haruki Murakami in meiner Leserunde. In der ist u.a. Katesbücherregal dabei und jede von uns liest einen anderen Titel von ihm.
Nachdem ich schon Yoko Ogawa und Banana Yoshimoto gut kenne, musste Murakami noch folgen und bis jetzt gefällt mir auch sein Stil sehr gut.

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suvata
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Go me!
Only need K - Q - V - Y
#LitsyAtoZ

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SoAustentatious
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Had to soak up too much a good read with some nachos before the book hangover sets in. After Dark was great! Mysterious, enigmatic, with just a hint of creepy. I will be revisiting it for some of that goodness in the future! Excellent start to the #readathon!

JDMagnus It looks so good! :) 3y
SoAustentatious @JDMagnus It was so good! And perfectly fitting for a book that takes place during a very long night! 3y
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SoAustentatious
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Had to take a break for my final, but I am back in the game! Probably should have read Breakfast of Champions because I had delicious PB&J toast and then aced my final! Haha. Halfway through my first @DeweysReadathon book! #readathon

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SoAustentatious
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Let the games begin! Well, they began over an hour and a half ago, but I am just getting around to posting. Since it was still dark at 5 am PST, this was the first pick for the #readathon ! All the excites!

4thhouseontheleft Ooohhh, I haven't read that Murakami yet! Let me know if it's good! 3y
SoAustentatious @4thhouseontheleft It was very good! Highly recommend it! 3y
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Mr.Okada
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Ahh the relief! You read Murakami and you are at once on an expedition to the dreamlike worlds of the human kind. The real and surreal intertwined in a slow jazz; preferably "Five Spot After Dark"
with Curtis Fuller on the trombone. "Dananananadanana...."

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SusanLee
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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Nice and dark but I just don't get the ending. Different from what I would have thought of.

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suvata
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In honor of Haruki Murakami's birthday yesterday, I decided to read one I haven't read yet. 🎂

suvata Good call 2y
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suvata
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Big plans for 2017! #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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dalkeyarchiveintern
After Dark | Haruki Murakami

on pg60, very soothing to read so far / my 1st Murakami novel that I read beyond 30 pages for!

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Khadeja
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So far it's the best book I have ever read by this amazing author. Woow. I'm blown away
One thing though. I wanted to know if Eri Asai gonna wake up in the end. She didn't? The last chapter was so beautiful with her and her sister. I really thought she might wake up. That breaks my heart *cries in a corner*

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Alisnazzy
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When you find the perfect shirt for yourself. Santa just got a text with the link 😂😂😂😂
#MurakamiCultMember link below for my fellow Murakami fans 👇🏼
http://www.redbubble.com/people/louweasely/works/12567853-haruki-murakami-book-f...

DiruVamp OMG I MUST HAVE THIS!!! 😍 thank you for sharing!! 3y
Alisnazzy @DiruVamp ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ 3y
Desha Love!!! 😍❤️❤️😍 3y
jveezer @Ambrosnazzy Have you looked at the shirts and other swag at Litographs.com? Cool stuff there.... 3y
Alisnazzy @jveezer oh crap. There goes my wallet lol 3y
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awacero
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not the best book I've read from Murakami but it's still an interessant book

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tea_stankovic
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This is my favorite Murakami's book.
It has a really powerful metaphors.

ClairesReads Yes to all of this! Definitely the best! 3y
tea_stankovic Yeah :) I love his writing style @ClairesReads 3y
CupcakesAndRoses One of my favourite novels! 3y
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lovelybookshelf I love this one, too. 3y
Alisnazzy 💖💖💖💖💖 3y
ephemeralwaltz One of my favorites as well😍 3y
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Alisnazzy
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Classic Murakami. A trip into magical realism, but with an amount of voyeurism that makes you both uncomfortable but also intrigued. 4.5🌟 (Not quite 5 ONLY because I'm weird and don't particularly like present tense writing.)

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