"Looks like a totally ordinary guy," says Komugi.
The ordinary-looking ones are the most dangerous," says Kaoru, rubbing her chin.
"They carry aroud a shit-load of stress."
- after dark, page 67
I've finished reading Murakami's latest, After Dark. It's a good thing that Monday was declared a national holiday. You got to do something aside from voting, right? It was a fun time to stay in my nook for awhile and finish a book. I've never done that, not usually. These days, finishing a book becomes more of a dispensation rather than a option.
I would understand why after reading this book, some people would say they didn't like it (comparing to all his other works), or they might feel a bit cheated at some part (which is very Murakami-esque, by the way), or it's not as thick and rich as the Wind-up Bird Chronicle or as deceptive and mind-boggling as Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but alas...I got what I came to read. What I meant to say is, I love it nonetheless.
I've got at least 5 reasons why I would recommend it to anyone. (I always have a reason, it has becoming more of an annoying habbit but I make it a point to have some). 1) I love its narrative treatment, sort of like writing a screenplay, the readers are being maneuvered; 2) The conversations betwen Mari and Takahashi are witty and rich; 3) Strong characterization, which I believe has always been a strong trait for every Murakami's novel; 4) There's always the "thinking sequence" one has to always connect the dots, sort it out and the readers are alone in this feat; and 5) The cats and the crows are here too, you wouldn't miss them.
I could tell you some reasons why you might not like it, but that's besides the point already.
I feel like saying "Sorry" today. I hope it gets to you.