After Dark by Haruki Murakami

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17 Critic Reviews

His latest novel, however, doesn’t live up to his reputation...After all, with a title like “After Dark,” things are bound to go bump in the night. But this story doesn’t really go anywhere. But this story doesn’t really go anywhere.
-TimesUnion.com

Synopsis

A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle international bestsellers, with a surprising infusion of heart, Murakami has produced one of his most enchanting fictions yet.


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About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published May 8, 2007 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for After Dark
All: 17 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 9

NY Times

Above average
on Jun 03 2007

“After Dark,” Murakami’s latest novel, is a streamlined, hushed ensemble piece built on the notion that very late at night, after the lamps of logic have been snuffed and rationality has shut its eyes, life on earth becomes boundariless and blurred.

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Guardian

Above average
on Jun 10 2007

Readers hoping for a big, nourishing storyline to match The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle may be mildly disappointed by After Dark. It's not as engaging as the former, nor as affecting as some of his other shorter novels.

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Guardian

Above average
on Jun 09 2007

The novel could be an allegory of sleep, a phenomenology of time, or a cinematic metafiction. Whatever it is, its memory lingers.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Apr 28 2008

I wouldn't quite recommend After Dark for someone new to Murakami...Yet while it's less satisfying than it might be, it's still got a sheen of mysterious beauty to it that carries through all his work.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Jun 13 2007

Haruki Murakami’s After Dark is absolutely delicious. It goes somewhere inside the reader and stays there...Short, seemingly slight, and yet each secondary character is so well delineated they don't seem like secondary characters;

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Blog Critics

Above average
on May 11 2007

His After Dark is a potent and disturbing work...He reminds us that the essence of horror in the post-modern narrative is not some gothic extravagance, but the realities that await us outside our doorstep.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Dec 22 2010

AFTER DARK is another compelling and weird story from one of Japan's most original writers. Though not a typical beach read, it definitely should be on your summer reading list.

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AV Club

Above average
on Jun 14 2007

The ephemeral nature of this material probably could not be sustained over a full novel...but After Dark, at slightly more than novella length, is well-proportioned enough to work its magic.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Jun 04 2010

After Dark is the perfect read for a lonely night outside the comfort of your home, because it captures a universe you are experiencing at the same moment, a universe so similar to that all people inhabit, yet so strangely different.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Dec 05 2008

This novel will appeal to most readers, with the exception of those who prefer a clear cut...ending. After Dark, provides few answers. Instead, it poses a series of questions that take the shape of abstract events that occur within the book.

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PopMatters

Good
on Aug 20 2007

That said, After Dark is still an enjoyable read, provided one goes into it with the proper expectations. It’s the narrative journey that Murakami takes us on which is of prime importance, not the destination he leaves us at.

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PopMatters

Above average
on Jul 13 2007

After Dark is a slice-of-life snapshot that leaves most of its philosophical inquiries and plotlines unresolved. It is minor Murakami that I wouldn’t recommend as a starting point...

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The Millions

Below average
on May 15 2007

As in all Murakami novels, After Dark’s plot is irrelevant. Nothing happens for a long time, then something creepy and inexplicable happens, then the book ends for no apparent reason, leaving any semblance of story unresolved.

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Austin Chronicle

Above average
on Jun 08 2007

I closed After Dark thinking, "What the hell is wrong with me?" It's not a terrible book. It is, however, a middling piece of work, which is somehow worse.

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BookRack

Above average
on Nov 03 2010

But at the end of the book,I realized that my involvement with the characters had grown and I found myself wanting some form of closure for the feelings and emotions the characters go through.

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TimesUnion.com

Above average
on Aug 10 2007

His latest novel, however, doesn’t live up to his reputation...After all, with a title like “After Dark,” things are bound to go bump in the night. But this story doesn’t really go anywhere. But this story doesn’t really go anywhere.

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Helium

Above average
on Oct 12 2010

All in all, After Dark is a typical Murakami novel. It is not necessarily better than anything he has written before; it is simply another Murakami masterpiece.

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