Monday, April 25, 2016

Book club: Haruki Murakami - After dark


'Eyes mark the shape of the city.'

Murakami has been one of my favourite authors for almost ten years now. I discovered him while I was studying at the Academy in Zagreb and up until then I was mostly interested in classic literature (still my favourite), with some exceptions and a few guilty pleasures. I was instantly drawn to his writing style and completely weird / crazy / surreal storylines and characters. Obviously, I was hooked from the very beginning.

A few months ago I decided to re-read his novels mostly beacuse I've changed so much since the day I first picked them up and without much thinking about it, my first choice was one of his shortest and least complicated novels, 'After dark'


'Time moves in its special way in the middle of the night.'

It tells a story about encounters which take place in the middle of the night, during that mysterious hours between midnight and dawn, when most of the people are deep asleep but the city itself actually never is, no matter how silent it can seem.

We are introduced with just a few characters, with sisters Mari and Eri being the protagonists. Eri is a beautiful girl, a model who one day decided to fall asleep and still hasn't woken up. And Mari is a student who needed to escape her family life and Eri's situation so we find her sitting in a restaurant, reading a huge book and not caring much about what's going on around her. But all of that changes the moment Takahashi, a young trombonist who claims they have met before, approaches her which later on opens up a palette of different characters and fates, intertweaving time and space in the good old Murakami style.

'In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount.'


From the very first sentence I was drawn into 'After dark' storyline and mood because Murakami is the master of creating the incredible atmosphere and writing brilliant dialogues that make you not wanting to put the book aside until you've read it. And even though at times this novel felt a bit unfinished (or perhaps I just didn't want it to end), I loved it a lot. And recommend it to anyone who still hasn't come across it. You'll sleep like a baby afterwards.

'Memory is so crazy! It's like we've got these drawers crammed with tons of useless stuff. Meanwhile, all the really important things we just keep forgetting, one after the other.'


'But why should you be interested in me?'
'Good question. I can’t explain it myself right this moment. But maybe – just maybe – if we start getting together and talking, after a while something like Francis Lai’s soundtrack music will start playing in the background, and a whole slew of concrete reasons why I’m interested in you will line up out of nowhere. With luck, it might even snow for us.'

Have you read 'After dark' and what are your thoughts on Murakami?

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20 comments

  1. Nisam pročitala ovu knjigu, ali jako volim njegove romane i stil pisanja. Njega ljudi obično ili jako vole ili ne podnose, a ja spadam u prvu kategoriju. Obožavam taj njegov nadrealizam, sanjivost i mnogostrukost značenja, jer zapravo život i je u neki ruku nadrealan i ako malo bolje pogledamo puno toga je i neobično i nije onakvo kakvo se čini...Hvala ti na preporuci, potražit ću ovaj roman.

    Ja inače jako volim ponovo čitati knjige. Većina ljudi me ne razumije pa me pita kako mogu više puta čitati neku knjigu, ali zapravo svako čitanje je drukčije, ista stvar i s najdražim filmovima, možemo ih sto puta ogledati od gušta i nikada nam neće dosaditi.

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    1. I ja sam definitivno u toj prvoj kategoriji, naprosto obožavam njegov način pisanja i te nadrealne priče koje me uvijek odvedu u neki sasvim neobičan svijet. Sigurna sam da bi ti se i ova svidjela, ako je pročitaš, obavezno javi dojmove da možemo prokomentirati :)

      Joj totalno te kužim po pitanju ponovnog čitanja / gledanja filmova, ja to stalno radim. Imam neke knjige koje sam pročitala po 4-5 puta, a o filmovima bolje da ne počinjem. Volim se s određenim odmakom vratiti na neka djela, vidjeti kako ću ih ponovno doživjeti dok se na neke vratim u trenutku traganja za inspiracijom. Kad je nešto jako dobro, potpisujem, ne može dosaditi :)

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  2. These pictures though! I have never read Murakami before, but I am going to look up some of his work right now. He sounds like an intriguing writer!

    xx

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    1. Thank you! He's brilliant, I'm sure you'd like his novels! :)

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  3. Murakamijeve knjige su toliko brilijantne, posebne i duboke da bih mogla o njima razglabati danima. :D Super mi je da si uvela toliko noviteta u blog, book club je zakon!

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    1. Jeej hvala ti, drago mi je da ti se novi smjer sviđa! :)

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  4. Aaa zašto je sve na engleskom :-D
    Nisam čitala ovu knjigu (od njegovih sam samo čitala Južno od granice, zapadno od sunca), svakako nameravam da pročitam još koju kad mi dođe pod ruku. Nameravam da ove godine iščitam sve knjige koje sam nakupovala i da se onda ponovo učlanim u biblioteku.

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    1. Aaaa puno sam se premišljala oko engleskog i hrvatskog, ali na kraju je ipak prva varijanta prevagnula i ne vjerujem da ću se ikad više vratiti na samo pisanje na hrvatskom jer mi je previše ograničavajuće, a želim da blog bude otvoren apsolutno svima za čitanje :)
      Ja sam isto zadnjih mjeseci nakupovala novih knjiga i sad balansiram njih sa onima iz knjižnice, sretnooo sa svime što čitaš, veselim se novim preporukama :)

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  5. Nisam se susrela s ovom knjigom,a ni generalno- autorom iako sam čula za njega... općenito, tvoje me preporuke nikada nisu razočarale pa tako ću te poslušati i ovoga puta. Oduševilo me par ovih citata, a i općenito volim knjige s notom nadrealnog tako da... zapisujem na listu! :)

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    1. Sigurna sam da bi ti se svidio, ako pročitaš koju, javi dojmove! :))

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  6. Ja sam dvije njegove pročitala zaredom i mnogo su mi se svidjele, Norveška šuma, Južno od granice, zapadno od sunca. A onda sam nabasala na par koje nikako nisam mogla završiti i odustala sam od njega, nešto mi ne štima jednostavno. Možda sam preveliki realista :D

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    1. Ma definitivno jesi :D Šalu na stranu, totalno te kužim, i ja sam tako od par autora po putu odustala, ponekad naprosto nešto u načinu pričanja priče na paše i gotovo.

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  7. I like how you described Murakami's writing style I need to check him now asap.

    Aly In Wanderland | >.< | alyinwanderland.com xx Alyssa

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  8. I'm loving this super cute composition <3

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

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  9. Nisam je čitala ali me je definitivno privukla :) Volim njegov stil pisanja, tako da ne sumnjam da će mi se svideti :) Lepo je videti i ovakvu vrstu posta :)

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    1. Jako je zanimljiva, nadam se da će ti se svidjeti! :)

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  10. Ja sam i dalje, nakon xy čitanja zaljubljena u Južno od granice, zapadno od sunca. Nije da mi druge njegove nisu odlične, ali toj se uvijek nekako vraćam. Ova me tek čeka, sad si me baš nabrijala na njega. :)

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