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South of the Border, West of the Sun

By Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel digital book - Fable

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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. When a childhood friend, now a beautiful woman, shows up with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime’s quotidian existence begin to give way. Rich, mysterious, and quietly dazzling, in South of the Border, West of the Sun the simple arc of one man’s life becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Murakami’s remarkable genius.

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525 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“Most of the time I read murakami books for their immersive dreamlike environment. Once finished though, I find that I rarely think about the book. This was not the case with this book. There were important themes about Life choices. Having to choose between different desires -- some raw passion vs wise -- and having to live with the consequences of those choices. Hajime was a flawed character but also relatable in a human way. Shimamoto made me think of the ones that got away. Izumi made me think of all of those folks that hurt me or vice versa in love and life. Yukiko the stable virtuous partner that doesn't cause someone pain and as such doesn't elicit passion. Even the themes around her father being a corrupt businessman or the early story about being an only child was interesting and have stayed with me.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenImmersive settingMagical settingThought-provoking
Thinking Face“It’s difficult to articulate what I found intriguing about this novel. The main character (Hajime) is not particularly likeable , in fact, he can be unbearable at times when trying to decipher what his heart really wants. This whole story is him being partly obsessed with a childhood crush but it’s not that simple. Between the complexity of being entirely alone and seeking anything of meaning in his twenties, to marrying a woman who fulfilled an ounce of that craving and building a near perfect life with her. He learns quite quickly that comfort doesn’t always equate to happiness, but happiness does come with a greater cost. You may not always like his decisions, but they sure make you think. Though I’m still not sure about what, I’d like to think that maybe that in itself is what makes Hajime so human.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingImmersive settingHeartbreaking

About Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and lives outside Tokyo. His most recent novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, won the Borders Original Voices Book of the Year Award for fiction, and was named an Editor's Choice by Booklist and a Notable Book by the New York Times Book Review. Murakami's novels Dance Dance Dance, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle--as well as The Elephant Vanishes, a collection of stories--are available in Vintage paperback.

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