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An Analysis Of After Dark By Haruki Murakami

1255 words - 5 pages

After Dark by Haruki Murakami was a bitter sweet story made up of mysterious and unpredictable moments which lead to an unexpected finally. This takes place in present day Tokyo, Japan where the lives of several individuals with unique personalities and hidden symbolism unfold through out one night. They each contribute to the real meaning behind the author’s point of view in the novel. It will provide an emotional and personal connection in some way to those that read it.
Eri Asai and her sister Mari once went to a hotel swimming pool in Shinagawa and meet Takahashi and his friend. Two summers later Takahashi runs into Mari inside a Denny’s restaurant late at night. They begin talking and catching up on life mostly speaking about Eri and her beauty. As time continues to pass by Takahashi leaves to practice playing with his band and Mari continues on reading a book. Later in the afternoon a large woman enters Denny’s and approaches Mari, Takahashi sent the lady to find Mari because Mari knew how to speak Chinese. This woman named Kaoru convinces Mari to help translate in a situation that occurred a couple blocks away in the love hotel named Alphaville. Inside on the top floor in a room numbered four zero four lays a naked prostitute covered in blood. Mari begins translating only to find out that the prostitutes name is Guo Dongli a nineteen year old that suddenly got her period which caused the client to burst in anger and abuse.
Kaoru and Mari take the prostitute to get some clothes and make a phone call to leave for the night. The other two employees stay behind and clean up the room for the next guest. After the guy in the motorcycle picks up the prostitute, Mari and Kaoru go out for a drink and recap what just occurred. Just like Takahashi, Kaoru and Mari share personal stories from their lives. Eventually Kaoru tells Mari to stay in the Skylack for the night and so they head over that direction. Mari decides to stay and continue reading as for Kaoru it is back to work at the love hotel. Upon her return Kaoru and two employees Komug and Korogi begin to look for surveillance tapes and eventually print out a picture from the man that rented out the room where the prostitute was. Kaoru redials the last number and gets in touch with the man that picked up the prostitute, they meet ten minutes later and Kaoru makes sure the picture is given to the man on the motorcycle.
In another scene the man that was photographed at the hotel is sitting on a desk with a number of pencils with the name Veritech which is the name of the company. This man is working late and seems to be a shady character by the things going on in the office. The man leaves late and orders a taxi to go home, on the way home the taxi makes a quick stop in a seven eleven this man takes out the missing cell phone from the prostitute and leave it on a shelf next to a box of cheese. As well as throwing out the rest of the prostitutes belongings in the...

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