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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.
In the hands of less capable writer, this tale of love lost, or that of a man who loved three women, would have been a yawn. Read more
The book was very interesting because it was teetering between reality and imagination and I had difficulty deciding when was what. Read morePublished 10 days ago by verra morgan
I bought the book for my dad, He uses it all the time. Very informative,Published 15 days ago by Howard Chapman
This book is very good. It describe a life of an ordinry person and your relations since elementary school until become a well stablish men. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've been on a bit of a Murakami bender for the last year, and this might be my favorite novel of his yet!Published 1 month ago by jesse brown
Characters beautifully drawn, a plot as mysterious as it is ordinary. The condition of man and woman expresses in all its subtlety with no obvious conclusions.Published 1 month ago by Mom's comments
It seems to me this book questions happiness. What does it mean to be truly happy and can it last forever? The protagonist is the Everyman, faced with his own happiness dilemma. Read morePublished 2 months ago by maurice foster
Murakami writes for baby boomers, men specifically. I enjoyed reading this one over a long period of time when I was stopped for a train crossing, pumping gas, or waiting for my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kent Ellis
This is Murakami's greatest work, a masterpiece. A must read. Powerful.Published 3 months ago by Han T. Dinh