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Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

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The plot is simple: Hajime meets and falls in love with a girl in elementary school, but he loses touch with her when his family moves to another town. He drifts through high school, college, and his 20s, before marrying and settling into a career as a successful bar owner. Then his childhood sweetheart returns, weighed down with secrets

Murakami eschews the fantastic elements that appear in many of his other novels and stories, and readers hoping for a glimpse of the Sheep Man will be disappointed. Yet South of the Border, West of the Sun is as rich and mysterious as anything he has written. It is above all a complex, moving, and honest meditation on the nature of love, distilled into a work with the crystal clarity of a short story.
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199 printed pages
Original publication
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  • dariabutdariashared an impression3 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me

    "if you love someone else, there’s not much anyone can do about it. you love who you love."

    what a deep and impressive story that drives you to get lost in thoughts and ends off on such an emotional note!

    and yet i didn’t like it.

  • Toewai Aungshared an impression5 years ago
    💞Loved Up

    It's worth reading.

  • nataliaescortesshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Like no other Murakami creates a world so deep that you may find yourself thinking about his meanings constantly.


  • Rajesh Rauthas quoted6 years ago
    I was no longer alone, yet at the same time I felt a deep loneliness I’d never known before
  • Laura de Sotohas quoted3 years ago
    Inside that darkness, I saw rain falling on the sea. Rain softly falling on a vast sea, with no one there to see it The rain strikes the surface of the sea, yet even the fish don’t know it is raining
  • Айрис Мердокhas quoted5 years ago
    No matter what happened, she’d manage a smile

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