“It’s true, though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night”
My first ever Murakami! I read this for my MA course and ordinarily, I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I’m so glad I did. I struggle with novels based in another country which I’ve never been to or know much about, especially non-western and with Murakami’s all based in Japan it never really appealed to me. To be honest, I’m kind of ashamed of this! But Murakami’s After Dark has proved me exactly wrong, which is fantastic.
At the end of the day, people are people and no matter where they live you can always find something familiar in characters. I loved the fact that this book is meant to be in real time, which makes it very unique. And similarly to The Gloaming, he manages to add something magical or unexplained into reality without you ever thinking to question it.
I will definitely be reading more Murakami in the future.
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