After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Excellent book.

I like to think of it as a post-modern film noir set in Tokyo, around two sisters named Eri and Mari.

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The story follows how their lives connect to each other, an old friend, an abused Chinese prostitute and the keepers of a “love hotel” that found her that way, and the abuser of the Chinese prostitute, all in the course of one night.

The ending was a bit of a letdown, but then aren’t all film noir endings like that?

I came away thinking of it as more of a quick peek into people’s lives when the sun goes down.

And how our natures change in the dark.

In my mind, I expected a clearer ending. It was a quick read.

The resolution we are given is tastefully done and just makes you think for a bit after you close it.

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Guilliean Pacheco (she/her) is a writer and editor of Filipino heritage and the host of the City of Writers podcast. Her work has appeared in TechTarget, Nevada Humanities, and Helen: A Literary Magazine. She has an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an Anaphora Arts poetry fellow. She’s a misplaced California girl who lives in Las Vegas normally, if one could call living there normal, on Southern Paiute land. Follow her on Twitter.

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