Wednesday, September 03, 2008

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

A couple of days ago, I finished After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I read this for the Japanese Lit Challenge 2. I had been warned by reviews that After Dark was, perhaps, not Murakami's best. It was pretty good, if a bit quirky. It is, at times, narrated as if the reader were watching the action through the lens of a video camera. I found those parts of the book awkward and somewhat irritating. However, the rest of the book had some very engaging characters, even if they populate a book with a thin plot. However, despite these perceived weaknesses, I liked the book, probably because of its weirdness. I will have to read some more Murakami in order to decide if, like others, I think his other books are better.


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