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When I went back into the bar, a glass and ashtray remained where she had been. A couple of lightly crushed cigarette butts were lined up in the ashtray, a faint trace of lipstick on each. I sat down and closed my eyes. Echoes of music faded away, leaving me alone. In that gentle darkness, the rain continued to fall without a sound.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. A Nat "King" Cole song, a figure on a crowded street, a face pressed against a car window, a handful of ashes drifting down a river to the sea are woven together into a story that refuses to arrive at a simple conclusion. The classic love triangle may seem like a hackneyed theme for a writer as talented as Murakami, but in his quietly dazzling way, he bends us to his own unique geometry. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Once again Murakami explores the themes of love, loss, and obsession, but this time through mature characters.
I read this book voraciously, unable to put it down, and had a tough time not resenting people and things that drew me away from it.
It seems that Haruki wants you to like the main character in this book, but unfortunatly he's just not very likeable.
I'm not sure whether I want to give this book four or five stars. OK, fine. I'm going with five
It's an incredible piece of writing, and it is the book that convinced... Read more
If there is another writer capable of capturing the unreality of reality like Murakami does, I don't know of him. Flawed, flawed main character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carl
Like "Nowegian Wood," this is a very lush, romantic novel with the hero obsessed with a woman from his past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I always love Murakami's atmosphere and this book has presented it impressively.Published 2 months ago by Sarisa Thawongit
Another winner. Each and every time I read a book by Murakami I am mesmerized. Would highly recommend this book!Published 2 months ago by Ellen
I didn't find this up to some of his earlier work, and was starting to get bored towards the end.Published 4 months ago by Margery Kivel
The book is captivating beyond the narrative. Soul searching , ambivalence , existential drift. Some of the attributes of the main character fighting for his fulfillment as a man... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ADRIAN ZISU
This is a book about regret. It's about the illusion of second chances and what we lose when we forsake what we have. And in the end, it is a story about living with ourselves. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James