07 July 2015

After Dark

This might just be my favourite Murakami book, but that could just be the product of circumstances.

It's a short novel, which is so welcomed after the long 1Q94. I feel like After Dark is the prototype for 1Q84 as both contain many similar elements. Not a coincidence that the 2 novels follow each other chronologically? In fact, After Dark is like Fuka-Eri's version of air chrysalis where it's distilled down to the essentials, whereas 1Q84 is the version that Tengo added to, but with a lot more fantasy and over the top.

Some of my favourite quotations:
What it wants to do is exclude the encroaching world of reality and go on sleeping without end in a soft, enigmatic darkness.

That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual important or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel.

The new day is almost here, but the old one is still dragging its heavy skirt. Just as ocean water and river water struggle against each other at a river mouth, the old time and the new time clash and blend. Takahashi is unable to tell for sure which side - which world - contains his center of gravity.

My memory card also just arrived, off to play FE.

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