By Haruki Murakami
A brief, modern novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the witching hours among nighttime 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 manner version sleeping her approach into oblivion, and Mari, a tender scholar quickly led from solitary studying at an nameless Denny’s towards humans whose lives are noticeably alien to her personal: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met ahead of, a burly woman “love hotel” supervisor and her maid employees, and a chinese language prostitute savagely brutalized through a businessman. those “night people” are haunted by way of secrets and techniques and wishes that draw them jointly extra powerfully than the differing conditions that will hold them aside, and it quickly turns into transparent that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman stricken by the mark of his crime—will both repair or annihilate her.
After darkish moves from enchanting drama to metaphysical hypothesis, interweaving time and house in addition to reminiscence and standpoint 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 clutch of spirit and morality are the following distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery.
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After a careful scan of his surroundings, he takes off one glove, pulls a cellphone from his pocket, and punches in a number. He is around thirty. Reddish dyed hair, ponytail. Broad forehead, sunken cheeks, sharp eyes. After a short conversation, the man hangs up and puts the phone back into his pocket. He pulls his glove back on and waits. Soon Kaoru, the prostitute, and Mari step outside. Rubber sandals flapping, the prostitute drags herself towards the motorcycle. The temperature has fallen, and she seems cold in her jersey outfit.
The top has an Adidas logo on the chest. The bruises remain distinct on the woman's face, but her hair is now more neatly combed. Even in this well-worn outfit and with her lips swollen and face bruised, she is a beautiful woman. " Mari translates into Chinese. ) The prostitute answers in fragmented Japanese. "Hai. " Kaoru hands her a white cordless phone. She presses the buttons and, speaking softly in Chinese, she makes a report to the person on the other end, who responds with an angry outburst.
The boss probably named it. All love hos have these crazy names. I mean, they're just for men and women to come and do their stuff. All you need is a bed and a bathtub. Nobody gives a damn about the name as long as it sounds like a love ho. " "Alphaville is the title of one of my favourite movies. " "Yeah, it's really old. " "That's maybe where they got it. I'll ask the boss next time I see him. " "It's the name of an imaginary city of the near future," Mari says. " "Oh, science fiction. " "No, it's not at all like Star Wars.
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