Nice review. I'll be curious to hear what you think of Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-up Bird Chronicle when you get around to them.
Great review Andi. You know, I've only read two of his books and haven't really picked up on the magical realism aspects that he supposedly employs a lot of. I've read Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart so perhaps it's not as evident in those. I do know I want to read more by him. I've been so intrigued by his books.
Murakami has long been admired for his depiction of the isolation and loneliness of modern Japanese life. I wonder if this book carries on the surrealistic tone of Murakami’s fiction. I recall from Kafka on the Shore, Murakami's best known work in English translation, fish falling from the sky, a man who could converse with cats, and various other bizarre touches. Does After Dark evoke a similar dream world ambiance?
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