South of the Border, West of the Sun (Paperback)
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South of the Border, West of the Sun (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 01/06/2000
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A moving, thoughtful story of long-lost love and second chances

Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch.

Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting, he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

'Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem' The Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099448570
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 138 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original * Guardian *
Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem * The Times *
This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths * New York Times *
This book aches...an eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire * Independent on Sunday *
Impressively written and structured... Above all, the novel is memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love * Times Literary Supplement *

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“Murakami never fails to impress...”

I really loved it, as with all Murakami books, I just get drawn into them and can't stop reading them, even if it's 1am and I have to wake up early the next day!

Like all Murakami books, it was weird. I... More

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Helen Marie Grant

“My first Murakami book, I'm hooked”

In Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun, twelve year old friends Hajime and Shimamoto make a pact to separate, certain that if they are perfect for each other, their paths will cross again. Their separation... More

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Rob

“Beautiful lyrical writing”

Hajime is a self made man. He owns two piano jazz bars has an adoring wife and two wonderful children. But Hajime has a problem he cannot get the image of his close childhood friend Shimamoto from his mind. One day... More

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