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South of the Border, West of the Sun

Narrated by: Eric Loren
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan's leading novelist with his many works - fiction and non-fiction - consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually, sustaining an international appeal through a deeply human perspective. South of the Border, West of the Sun is his seventh novel, written in 1992.

Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two.

Are those former feelings of close friendship still real - real enough to upset a functioning family life? Or are they haunted by intense memories? And who is Shimamoto, and what has she become? South of the Border, West of the Sun is typically intimate, illusive, unpredictable and absorbing in a way that is uniquely Murakami.

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©1992 Haruki Marukami (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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Surprisingly vacuous

Really surprised and disappointed by how banal and vacuous this novel was from such an esteem author. The male character reads as shallow and self forgivingly sexist while the women in the book have no characterisation beyond their looks and expensive clothes. If it’s a study of toxic masculinity it’s too subtle and it doesn’t read like that at all but as a repetition of assumptions and troupes I wouldn’t expect from such an author. Not recommended for feminists of either gender unless you want to feel angry/depressed!

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A wonderful tale of love and yearning

Would you consider the audio edition of South of the Border, West of the Sun to be better than the print version?

Hard to say as I haven't read the book but the narrator was excellent

What did you like best about this story?

As usual with Murakami it is hard to tell what is real and what is imagined which is what makes his stories quite magical. Leaves a lot to the imagination.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The meeting with his childhood love after 25 years

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A love story without an ending

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this book provokes a view on our relationship

a bit less madness compared to other murakami books but I really enjoyed the simplicity with the layer of the usual imaginative story

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nice romantic story

a bit too much babel for my taste, otherwise pretty good
also be ready for sex scenes

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A desert of emotion

A lovely book, really. It took me a few minutes to get used to the man reading it, but once I did, he completely drew me into it.

Like all of Murakami's books it challenges your mind and perception of things. You're completely sure of one thing and after only a minute your view is changed. It is indeed kind of like a desert - a beautiful one though.

You can so deeply feel every inch of emotion in this book.

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beautiful story

Unusually very realistic for Murakami. Beautiful first chapter about childhood friendship turns into beautiful story line of adult mid life crisis. Full of unanswered questions but a very satisfying read