After Dark

August 8, 2017


Author: Haruki Murakami

Published: 2007

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After Dark takes place between midnight and dawn in Tokyo. The plot surrounds 2 sisters, Mari who is a 19 year old student, and Eri, a beautiful fashion model. At the beginning of the book, Mari is in a 24-hour dinner where she is reading and she meets a young man named Takahashi. For the most part of the book, they spend time together having really interesting conversations. Her plans for a tranquil evening are interrupted when a women (Kaoru) comes looking for her and takes her to a local “love hotel” in order to interpret to a Chinese girl who has been beaten and left in the hotel room. We also have Eri, who is asleep for a fair amount of the book and we are just watching her sleep. This might actually sound strange, but its a strange book.

Basically, the book is about people struggling with some form of darkness, i.e. isolation, depression, social indifference etc.


I really enjoyed the writing style of the book, it felt so different. It makes you think about the people you meet during the wee hours of the morning and you don’t give a second thought about. I would really recommend reading this book in one sitting.


I didn’t really feel invested, connected, engaged and thrilled by the book. It is really interesting and strange and I liked it, but I was not necessarily in love with it.


3.5/5 stars

If you are looking for a fast paced book, then I would recommend it. Have you read this book or any of Murakami’s books and what was your thought about them? Please leave a comment below.

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