South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Book - 1998
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Years after their separation, two Japanese childhood sweethearts are reunited, and happily married Hajime finds himself prepared to risk everything for the chance to be with his now mysterious first love Shinamoto. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Hajime - "Beginning" in Japanese - was an atypical only child growing up in a conventional middle-class suburb. Shimamoto, herself an only child, was cool and self-possessed, precocious in the extreme. After school these childhood sweethearts would listen to records, hold hands, and talk about their future. Then, despite themselves, in the way peculiar to adolescents, they grew apart, seemingly for good.
Now, facing middle age, finally content after years of aimlessness, Hajime is a successful nightclub owner, a husband and father, when he suddenly is reunited with Shimamoto, propelled into the mysteries of her life, and confronted by dark secrets she is loath to reveal. And so, reckless with enchantment and lust, Hajime prepares to risk everything in order to consummate his first love, and to experience a life he's dreamed of but never had a chance to realize.

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Years after their separation, two Japanese childhood sweethearts are reunited, and happily married Hajime finds himself prepared to risk everything for the chance to be with his now mysterious first love, Shimamoto

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1998
ISBN: 9780375402517
0375402519
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 22 cm

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empbee
Nov 12, 2018

I enjoyed this densly written book again after many years.

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mexicanadiense
Feb 04, 2014

As a big fan of Murakami's work was glad to find the time to devour this slender volume. The mercilessly linear narrative detailling one man's progression from lonely childhood to troubled adulthood is gripping, and no easy answers are offered to the eternal conundrum of middle-aged man's failings.

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LazyNeko
Feb 08, 2012

A man has a midlife crisis when he rediscovers his childhood crush and questions his entire life. It's all very poetic... but it doesn't really disguise the fact that he's a two-timing cad.

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Jan 17, 2015

"What we needed were not words and promises but the steady accumulation of small realities." p.33

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LazyNeko
Feb 08, 2012

We were, the two of us, still fragmentary beings, just beginning to sense the presence of an unexpected, to-be-acquired reality that would fill us and make us whole.

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