South Of The Border, West Of The Sun

South Of The Border, West Of The Sun (English, Paperback, Haruki Murakami)

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South Of The Border, West Of The Sun  (English, Paperback, Haruki Murakami)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099448570, 0099448572
    • Edition: 2006
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    South Of The Border, West Of The Sun is a poignant short tale of dissatisfaction and regrets in the lives of Hajime and Shimamoto.

    Summary Of The Book

    Set in Post-War Japan, the book revolves around two single children Hajime and Shimamoto, the latter of whom is affected by polio. They both share a close bond since their kindergarten days but are forced apart when Hajime moves away.

    A decade later, we meet Hajime who lives in Tokyo. He has become a successful businessman and is married and has two wonderful children. The story takes a turn with the reappearance of Shimamoto.

    The beautiful Shimamoto captures the fancy of Hajime yet again and Hajime is deeply overwhelmed by her return. Their mutual attraction threatens to change their lives.

    Is Shimamoto living in the past? Is he living a fantasy? Is Shimamoto real or a figment of his imagination? Which one will he chose - his current family or his love from the past? The questions are complex, and so are the answers.

    The unforgettable memories of the past, the sweet fantasies of ideal love and the many unanswerable questions in the lives of protagonist unveil the surrealism in the novel.

    The book, South Of The Border, West Of The Sun, was first published in 1992. The novel has been well received for its interesting portrayal of complex emotions and for its contemplative tone.

    About Haruki Murakami

    A critically acclaimed writer and translator, Haruki Murakami is an important postmodern literary figure. He is rightly regarded as one of the greatest living writers.

    Other than South Of The Border, West Of The Sun, Murakami has written other short stories and novels. His prominent works include Hear The Wind Sing, Sputnik Sweetheart, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Pinball, Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End of the World, and Kafka on the Shore.

    Murakami is known for his surrealistic style of writing and for his recurrent themes of loneliness, and isolation.
    Born in Japan, Murakami has a passion for western music and literature. Many of his novels have the titles of songs. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards like the Jerusalem Prize, Noma Literary Prize, and the Franz Kafka prize.

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    Book Details
    Publication Year
    • 2006
    Contributors
    Author
    • Haruki Murakami
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 0.51 Inches (US)
    Height
    • 7.8 Inches (US)
    Depth
    • 0.66 inch
    Weight
    • 144.0 Grams
    Ratings and Reviews
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    Choose a different Murakami book

    I wanted to see what was all the hype about Murakami, so I bought this book and read it. I chose the wrong book. The writing is fine, but doesn't move a muscle in your brain. As another reviewer said, it's predictable and a bit too melodramatic and the 'poetic' writing style seems contrived. But the book made me want to read a better work by Murakami - may be Norwegian Wood or Kafka on the Shore.
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    Father Aloysius

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    29 Oct, 2011

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    A love-story with predicatable plot but unpredictable treatments

    'South of the Border, West of the Sun', by Haruki Murakami is different in narrative style and plot architecture as compared to his other work I read recently ‘Kafka on the Shore’. Simple and in first person narrative, the story moves easily but in a rather predictable way, san the Murakami’s usual abstract treatment and surreal unfolding of events, till the later part of the novel when the protagonist Hajime went out for a clandestine outing with his childhood sweetheart Shimamoto. Then the ...
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    Kausik Chatterjee

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    18 Oct, 2011

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    Nice product

    Interesting book with a good plot
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    Abheet Sharma

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    Highly recommended

    Simply lyrical. A must read for Murakami fans.
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    A simple tale with complicated feelings

    Good Book but not the best. It leaves out many unsolved mysteries but overall, is very entertaining and you just can't put down the book. We can relate to Hajime's life and feel his emotions and the women he met completely. It is, unlike few other books of Murakami, to the point with no additional details to bore most of the readers.

    Read the next part only if you can read spoilers:

    This story of Hajime is very relatable to everyday life, his encounters with Izumi and her reactions and how...
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    Sarvani Nadiminti

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    14 Aug, 2014

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    A good book if its your first of Murakami

    I have read five of Murakami books in Norwegian Wood,Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore,Wild Sheep Chase and this one. If this happens to be your first Murakami book, then you will love it immensely. I say this because it will prepare you for other more surreal books from Murakami. The story is simple and will touch those delicate chords when you had been in love. The last few pages are a bit melodramatic, quite filmi but if you overlook them and just accept and then move forward, you wi...
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    Nishit Ranjan

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    14 Dec, 2012

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    Different...this one is..

    Having recently completed this book,I could not resist writing a review on it.Love remains unscathed and unchanged..no matter where you go..how far you get..and however many dimensions you add to your life...Haruki Murakami has beautifully projected the relationship between Shimamato and Hajime..something that we all can possibly relate to..however big we become in our lives, we can never stop ourselves from desiring that lost someone who had been able to look deep into our souls and stun us ...
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    Teesta Mukherjee

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    22 Aug, 2012

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