After Dark (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

A swish, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the spooky hours among middle of the night and sunrise, via an across the world popular literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and clutch of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up fowl Chronicle overseas bestsellers, with a stunning infusion of center, Murakami has produced one in all his such a lot enthralling fictions but.

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A few steps beyond it, he comes to a halt as if a thought has struck him. He begins moving slowly backwards as in a rewinding film, stopping at her table. He cocks his head and studies her face. He is trying to remember something, and much time goes by until he gets it. He seems like the type for whom everything takes time. The girl senses his presence and raises her face from her book. She narrows her eyes and looks at the young man standing there. He is so tall, she seems to be looking far overhead.

He says. " He thinks about her words for a few moments and then says, "I wonder how it turns out that we all lead such different lives. Take you and your sister, for example. You're born to the same parents, you grow up in the same household, you're both girls. How do you end up with such wildly different personalities? At what point do you, like, go your separate ways? " Mari looks at him. " He shakes his head. "No, I was just saying what popped into my head out of curiosity or something. You don't have to answer.

Then he picks up a piece of toast, stares at it, and wrinkles his brow. "No matter how much I scream at them to make my toast as crispy as possible, I have never once got it the way I want it. I can't imagine why. M. shouldn't be that hard to get crispy toast, don't you think? So, why can't they do it? " Mari doesn't take him up on this. "But anyhow, your sister was a real beauty," the young man says, as if talking to himself. Mari looks up. " "Why do I�? I mean, I'm talking about something that happened a long time ago, so I used the past tense, that's all.

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