South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun

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Coming this October: Killing Commendatore, the much-anticipated new novel from Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun is the beguiling story of a past rekindled, and one of Haruki Murakami’s most touching novels.

Hajime has arrived at middle age with a loving family and an enviable career, yet he feels incomplete. When a childhood friend, now a beautiful woman, shows up with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime’s quotidian existence begin to give way. Rich, mysterious, and quietly dazzling, in South of the Border, West of the Sun the simple arc of one man’s life becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Murakami’s remarkable genius.

Baker & Taylor
Years after their separation, two Japanese childhood sweethearts are reunited, and happily married Hajime finds himself prepared to risk everything for the chance to be with his now mysterious first love Shinamoto. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Years after their separation, two Japanese childhood sweethearts are reunited, and happily married Hajime finds himself prepared to risk everything for the chance to be with his now mysterious first love, Shimamoto.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2000, c1998
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679767398
0679767398
Branch Call Number: FICTION MURAKAMI
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 21 cm

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mexicanadiense
Feb 04, 2014

As a big fan of Murakami's work was glad to find the time to devour this slender volume. The mercilessly linear narrative detailling one man's progression from lonely childhood to troubled adulthood is gripping, and no easy answers are offered to the eternal conundrum of middle-aged man's failings.

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LazyNeko
Feb 08, 2012

A man has a midlife crisis when he rediscovers his childhood crush and questions his entire life. It's all very poetic... but it doesn't really disguise the fact that he's a two-timing cad.

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sky123
Jan 17, 2015

"What we needed were not words and promises but the steady accumulation of small realities." p.33

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LazyNeko
Feb 08, 2012

We were, the two of us, still fragmentary beings, just beginning to sense the presence of an unexpected, to-be-acquired reality that would fill us and make us whole.

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