Book Review #1: “After Dark” by Haruki Murakami

After Dark - Murakami Hello my friends and strangers!
Who knows me well – and therefore also the (Mari)Ella that hides behind the illusion of “normality” – but what is normality? isn’t it just what most people do? Ok, I’ll stop – knows also that if I discover something and I really like it – books, tv series, movies, blogs, Youtube channels, anime, places, etc – I’ll tell it to everybody that could be into it
Often people like what I advise, and I often like what people recommend me, and so the chain starts.
An example? Let’s talk about “After Dark” by Haruki Murakami.
I do this thing that when I go to a friend’s house I start looking at their library.  I don’t always do it, but some weeks ago I did, and I found this little book.
“You have good stuff“, I noticed, going through the titles.
“Always”, he said.
“My friend has good stuff and he’s not afraid of showing it”, I sang in my mind, and I smiled.
“Can I borrow it?”, I asked.
“Of course”, he answered.
And so it was. I brought it home, I read it under the covers, sat on the university floors waiting for the class to start, at the bus station, everywhere.
It’s so rare for me lately to find a book that captures me completely. It’s like they don’t amaze me anymore. But this book succeeded – don’t even ask me how, or why-.
Anyway, I read it, I loved it, I recommended it – a friend is reading it now “thanks to me” (the famous “chain”).
If you think you’re interested in reading it, I have to tell you 3 things:
1. This book is not for people that try to find a sense. Don’t do it, just enjoy the words.
2. A book is never the same for two people because it is the mirror of ourselves, and every one of us is different, so for me it could be a special book and for you a really weird one.
3. Murakami’s books are like a slow but sweet uphill path: you have to choose the right one to start. If you start with 1Q84, you’re screwed. This book was my first by Murakami, and I pleasantly discovered it’s pretty good for a beginner.
P.s: Did you notice that I haven’t talked about the plot yet? No? Because I won’t, I never do when I like the book, you can google it if you want (;

“Time moves in it special way in the middle of the night.”

If you read it, let me know, even if you didn’t like it. I you have read it, same thing.
I will try to be constant and write posts frequently.


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