South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Book - 1998
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A deceptively simple love story, in which Hajime finds and loses Shimamoto, only to meet again years later. He's now a businessman, husband and father. When he is reunited with her, he prepares to risk everything in order to experience a life he's dreamed of but never had a chance to realize. Memory persists powerfully in matters of the heart.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1998
ISBN: 9780375402517
0375402519
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUR
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 20 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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