Before Light

I will talk about two books today. One of which I didn’t finish because the library asked for it back. I realize that I write the best when I’ve been drinking, but not so much that I’m sleepy, but just enough that i’m kind of relaxed but also could get hyper any second.

I am not at that stage right now.

Today during my lunch hour, I finished my first Haruki Murakami book, After Dark. I’ve studied Japanese for a good three years and stayed in Japan for 3 months, mostly things like washing dishes and tripping on stuff. But while I was there, I had to wash dishes in Japanese and trip stuff the Japanese way. The translation of After Dark was distinctively Japanese, the writing style was very Japanese, based on their grammar and writing style, it’s easy to spot it right away.

The book is short and I finished it in two sittings, it basically spans a whole night, basically from after dark till dawn. Hence the title, After dark. And it follows two girls, Mari Asai and Eri Asai, who happen to be SISTERSSS!! I enjoyed it throughly, I felt like I was reading YA, I’m not sure of the official status of Murakami, whether he’s just fiction or YA fiction.

I’ve read some translated works, not a lot. I say I do because it makes me seem like i’m extremely well-read when i’ve read like nothing basically Well I don’t know about you but when I read I always try to make movies inside my head, and of course the movies star people, actors, faceless actors usually. But in this case, they were anime characters..

I’m not being stereotypical, but but but, the language is very anime-ish. I very much could imagine anime characters saying this. And often the super artsy types of anime films have plots that barely could hold, and an ending that didn’t explain anything. Not saying that this ending didn’t explain anything, but more like, it was more like you experienced something but nothing really changed in your life.

im getting a headache, will continue this tomorrow …sorry O_O

Posted: January 10th, 2011
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Comment from Kevin - January 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Out of all the Murakami books I’ve read I think After Dark was the least memorable of the bunch. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but I wouldn’t call it representative of his usual writing. A lot of his other books focus more on coming of age or personal growth and moving forward, but with an interesting surreal twist. Books like Kafka on the Shore or Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World are good examples. Hard-Boiled Wonderland was a big inspiration for the anime Haibane Renmei, so I guess you’re not the only one who pictured anime characters while reading his work.

Norwegian Wood was recently made into a movie, so, if you were in the mood for another Murakami novel, you could compare the movie in your head to someone else’s interpretation.