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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After Dark takes place in the course of one Tokyo night and revolves around two sisters: Mari, who spends her sleepless night inside a Denny's, and Eri, a beautiful model who sleeps away most of her life. Mari meets a trombonist who once had a crush on Eri, and then a woman who runs a nearby love hotel who has a problem with a beaten Chinese prostitute. As Mari gets drawn farther into the nightlife of the city, Eri sleeps in her room, sparsely furnished with just a bed and a television. The television watches her, and then devours her, although perhaps Eri is just dreaming that. After Dark is a quintessential Haruki Murakami novel and has received mostly positive reviews with the Christian Science Monitor saying, "Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakami raises questions about perception and existence, though he feels no compunction to propose answers. For him, the intrigue is in the engaging situations and conversations even alienated individuals encounter as they wend their hapless way through their often bewildering lives."
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