Yes, he does. And all kinds of other stuff which make his texts magical.
Next, try Sputnik, Sweethart -it's even shorter yet very well written.
>After Dark is my first Haruki Murakami novel, and I chose this over one of his more popular ventures because I don't have the time commitment for a 600 page novel right now.
I've only read Norwegian Wood and Hardboiled Wonderland and... but I got the feeling reading Hardboiled Wonderland that I was reading his masterpiece if that's worth anything to you, I don't see how he could do anything better than it for me in any amount of pages.
There's nothing wrong with telling
I respect Murakami greatly, but, honestly, I find his writing atrocious. These are some of the reasons why. He's very talented, deserves his place in the canon. But I can't stand reading it.
If you liked After Dark, I highly recommend *Norwegian Wood*. It's roughly 300 pages so not that long in comparison but it's arguably his most famous work.
I've read three Murakami novels and I have a lot of respect for him as a writer. He creates a very special kind of calmness and atmosphere that is very hard to pull off. Norwegian Wood is one of the best books I have ever read. With that being said, you are absolutely right. His prose is certainly not as good as people make it out to be. He uses a lot of cliché lines and tells instead of showing. It's also one of the reasons why he is so easy to read. There is a flow in his style that is undeniable.
Murakami has a way of intentionally creating boringly mundane descriptive scenes, to create contrast with the weird surreal shit that happens in his books. I've never met another writer who can manage to take a man eating spaghetti while listening to jazz in his kitchen and actually make it interesting.