There are books that have characters that hook you to them, there are others where the plot is such that you can’t be at peace with yourself unless you read through the book. After all of that comes Murakami who writes in such a way that you are hooked from the first page without knowing why. I don’t know about you but to me the magic of his writing is such that there are times when I forget about where I am and I am transported to the world Murakami has created.
“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 gigantic creature…”
These are the opening lines of ‘After Dark’ by Murakami and from the moment you read the first lines of this book you know that it’s not anything like you have ever read before. The book talks about whatever transpires at night placing the protagonist, Mari, a 19 year old at center and everything that happens somehow involves her. Her character is seemingly interesting but I would have loved if the author would have explored it more.
Another character named Takahashi is someone who you can’t help being drawn towards. The conversations between Mari and Takahashi are very interesting and one of my favourite parts from the story. There’s another character named Eri Asai, Mari’s sister who’s in a deep sleep since 2 months. No she is not in a coma or anything but she’s been sleeping since two months. There are multiple theories around the character and the part where Murakami talks about her tends to be confusing.
I get most of my reading done at night because of how peaceful it gets. I feel night is the best time to get things done and being a night person only adds to it. Most of the scenes in the book happen during the night time so there were times when it felt strange and scary while reading it. Murakami is a master story teller who writes a narrative that has a literary weight but his genius is such that you never feel weighed down but connected.
Read this book to appreciate that!