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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.
Murakami is one of my favorite writers for good reason. I currently have ALL his translated English works in my collection. I've read them each at least four times. Great buy.Published 7 days ago by Osiris
This has become one of my favorite books. I will be re-reading it, probably a few times.Published 26 days ago by Crystal Chunn
Read it for my book club. I really enjoyed it. thought it gave an interesting insight into the mind of the cheating man. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marsha
I finished this book 2 weeks ago and am still processing it. This is quick and engaging read with an ending that can be interpreted in a few different ways depending on how you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by OriginalXMan
A quiet, brilliant book that imho is Murakami's best. Quiet, brooding, compelling from the first few pages, it builds to a climax that is both brilliant and unexpected, yet... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've finished to read it a few months ago, but i'm still amazed by the beauty and the sensibility of this story. I loved everything in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sharon Riddick Groppi
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