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South of the Border, West of the Sun

Haruki Murakami


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PUBLISHED: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780099448570
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Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, Hajime and Shimamoto had been childhood sweethearts. The two eventually lost touch but now, in their 30s, they meet up again. Hajime, now a father and husband, finds himself catapulted into the past, risking all that he has in the present.
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  • Paperback
    $16.79
PUBLISHED: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780099448570
ANNOTATION:
Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, Hajime and Shimamoto had been childhood sweethearts. The two eventually lost touch but now, in their 30s, they meet up again. Hajime, now a father and husband, finds himself catapulted into the past, risking all that he has in the present.

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Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, Hajime and Shimamoto had been childhood sweethearts. The two eventually lost touch but now, in their 30s, they meet up again. Hajime, now a father and husband, finds himself catapulted into the past, risking all that he has in the present.

Publisher Description

Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

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Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present. 'A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original' Guardian ' Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem' The Times 'This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths' New York Times 'This book aches...an eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire' Independent on Sunday 'A beautiful, atmospheric novel sustained by Murakami's flair for philosophical mediation at its most human' Irish Times

Author Biography

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo.

Review

Impressively written and structured... Above all, the novel is memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love Times Literary Supplement This book aches...an eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire Independent on Sunday This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths New York Times Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem The Times A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original Guardian

Review Text

"A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original"

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'A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful-it is startlingly different- a true original' Guardian

Product Details

Author
Haruki Murakami
Pages
192
Year
2000
ISBN-10
0099448572
ISBN-13
9780099448570
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2000-06-01
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
Japanese
Media
Book
Short Title
SOUTH OF THE BORDER WEST OF TH
Language
English
Translator
Philip Gabriel
Residence
Oiso, JA
Series
Harvill Secker
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Audience
General/Trade