By Haruki Murakami
A brief, smooth novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among hour of darkness and sunrise, and each bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up poultry Chronicle and Kafka at the Shore.
At its middle are sisters—Eri, a way version napping her means into oblivion, and Mari, a tender pupil quickly led from solitary studying at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are significantly alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met earlier than, a burly girl “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized by way of a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by way of secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing situations that would hold them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman suffering from the mark of his crime—will both repair or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from spell binding drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and house in addition to reminiscence and point of view right into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interaction among self-expression and empathy, among the facility of statement and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, mental perception, and grab of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery.
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Nomi felt at home here, surrounded by the rewards of her life’s chosen path. If only Timal were still here, she thought. He was the greatest reward. But Timal had left her a year earlier, saying nothing, never returning. She heard from a mutual friend that he had left for Pengulfin Landing and the rich crystal farms that had started to thrive on its eastern shores. She still had some of his clothes in her sleep-room, and on nights when she was most lonely she smelled them and imagined him beside her.
Good enough. ” Ramus turned as he stood, and smiled. “I know you already,” he said. ” “Beko Havison,” the big Serian said. He held out his hands, and Ramus grabbed them. “Good travels,” Ramus said. “Let’s hope so, eh? ” “Oh, it’s a voyage, believe me. Just because the Guild isn’t involved—” Beko waved his hand. ” “They have purpose too,” Ramus said. “Don’t discard them entirely. ” “She has, though none of my Serians know yet. ” Ramus looked at the soldier and decided that he already liked him.
Yes. ” Nomi went to the door and opened it to the smell of vomit. “Nomi,” Beko said. She turned around, looking back into the cavern of a room. ” Then she shut the door, climbed the steps to the street and went to find a runner. qxp 1/28/08 7:43 AM Page 29 Chapter 2 R A M U S S A T J U S T inside the library entrance, holding his head and hissing as the pain receded. His vision and hearing throbbed with each heartbeat, but the nausea was passing. Not now, he thought. Not while I need all my wits about me.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami