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South of the Border, West of the Sun (eBook): Murakami, Haruki: A Japanese novel on a married businessman who has an affair with the girl of his youth. South of the Border, West of the Sun is the beguiling story of a past rekindled, and one of Haruki Murakami's most touching has arrived at middle . Title details for South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami - of the Border, West of the Sun. A Novel. by Haruki Murakami · Philip Gabriel. ebook.

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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. Rich, mysterious, and quietly dazzling, in. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is. 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.

Although some things and events go unexplained, there is little of the surrealism and absurdity that characterizes most of his other works. However, his apparent contentment and happiness is jeopardized by the intervention of Shimamoto, his girlfriend from the age of He is born in January, which makes him almost exactly two years younger than Murakami himself. He is an only child, as is Shimamoto. So while they develop a deep relationship, she wraps herself in a protective shell that separates her from other students. Unfortunately, the relationship comes to an end the year after when they go to different junior high schools.

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Both the film and story are terrific; they examine the effects of human solitude. They were written over the previous summer while I was vacationing with him in Korea. I immediately left the apartment, flagged down a cab and car-pooled back to my apartment with a crazy white lady who kept trying to have a conversation with me about the weather and the MTA strike while I was busy crying.

It was December, and my anthropology final exam was canceled due to the strike. The cab ride from Flatbush Avenue to Avenue A cost me twenty dollars. That same night, my boyfriend suggested that we meet at the Brooklyn Bridge. When we did, we were surrounded by a crowd of commuters. We talked about our relationship but never came to any satisfying resolution.

The next and last book I read by Murakami is After the Quake. I read the whole thing in bed. The only thing I remember from that book is a giant frog fighting a giant worm.

They both end up dead. Over the two-year relationship with my Murakami-fan boyfriend, I was constantly reading books that ran on themes of human isolation and mentally unstable young women, whose conditions often manifested themselves in some sort of sexual incapacity. I often related to the characters by feeling equally hollowed out, depressed and psychotic myself, but obviously not because of societal problems that occur in a Japanese system.

Rather, it had to do with being in a troubled relationship, and the bad feelings were amplified by reading books about the depressed, the maniacal and the clinically insane.

It led me to a severe disconnect from reality and into a state of mental isolation. During my recent weeklong trip to Korea, I met with a friend an English professor and fluent speaker of Japanese who has never read a book by Murakami and we had a huge Sunday brunch at my favorite Tibetan restaurant in Myeong-dong.

I said that he looks like a very lonely man, and my friend agreed. Four years since my last Murakami book, I now see his books being read everywhere by everyone.

Special feelings like that should never, ever be taken away. Others fade slowly into the mist. Nor did I want to see Hajime fall back into his relationship with Yukiko in a sort of de facto existence. Someone, no matter the outcome, was going to be destroyed.

The slight glimmer of hope we are given at the very end feels like a hope in acceptance rather than a hope for any kind of true Love. I loved that this book had the effect that it did. Especially in that it made me work hard to find something I wanted to take away from it. See all reviews.

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