I've been a fan of Murakami for a while now. The more I read from him, the more I start to notice the similarities between his works. Sometimes it seems to me like there is almost a formula to his novels. For example, they often feature isolated characters that like to read and listen to music. Naturally they also like to converse about it. In addition, cats are always mentioned. That all being said, his works still feel unique in their own way. Motives are repeated, but the stories feel fresh. Perhaps it is true what Alberto Moravia said (something along the lines of this): great writers are repetitive because they're trying to answer the question they were born to answer. If Murakami is repetitive, there is a sense in his repetitiveness.
What kind of novel is this? A novel about two sisters who are more alike than it might seem at first. A novel about two strangers establishing a genuine connection. A typical Murakami novel, one might add. It might be a a bit shorter than others with a touch of experimental writing going on, but After Dark is not that different from his other works. If you like Murakami's style of writing, this novel will probably won't leave you feeling disappointed. I read some reviews that said that this is not his best work and I would tend to agree with that. Still, I believe this novel is worth a read. It is a book that made me ask questions and that's always a good thing. Like in all Murakami's novels, there were some hauntingly beautiful passages. Another thing that fascinated me was how the writer managed to fit the story into a very limited time-line. Everything that happens, happens after dark (meaning one afternoon and night), but within that time, memories are introduces- and that show cases just how fragile our understanding of time is. Time is relative, isn't it?
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