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Haruki Murakami is arguably one of Japan's finest, modern writers and is, increasingly, being seen as one of the top authors working today. The last novel of his to find its way to these shores, Norwegian Wood, was a delightful, if slightly one-dimensional coming-of-age tale. The pyrotechnics of his previous, more surreal novels (Wind Up Bird Chronicle and A Wild Sheep Chase) had disappeared but something of his eccentricity, what made his books such a wonder, had disappeared too. Sputnik Sweetheart is a confident continuation of this more simple style yet one that retains the allegories, the depth of his best work.
The narrator, a teacher, is in love with the beguiling, odd Sumire. As his best friend, she is not adverse to phoning at three or four in the morning to ask a pointless question or share a strange thought. Sumire, though, is in love with a beautiful, older woman, Miu, who does not, can not, return her affections. Longing for Sumire, K (that is all we are told by way of a name) finds some comfort in a purely sexual relationship with the mother of one of his pupils. But the consolation is slight. K is unhappy. Miu and Sumire, now working together, take a business trip to a Greek Island. Something happens, he is not told what, and so K travels to Greece to see what help he can offer.
Themes of love, loss, sexuality, identity and selfhood are all interrogated, woven into a compelling, romantic, serious and sometimes sad book. It is a disarmingly simple, hugely satisfying, intelligent and moving work and one of Murakami's best. Simplicity, sprinkled with a dose of his magic, has enabled Murakami to write candidly, succinctly and beautifully about the complications and difficulties of love and loving. --Mark Thwaite
"Grabs you from its opening lines. . . . [Murakami's] never written anything more openly emotional." -"Los Angeles Magazine" "Murakami is a genius." -"Chicago Tribune" "Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives." -"The New York Times Book Review" "An agonizing, sweet story about the power and the pain of love. . . . Immensely deepened by perfect little images that leave much to be filled in by the reader's heart or eye." -"The Baltimore Sun" "[Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature." -"Newsday" "Murakami's true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments." -"The New Yorker" "Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing." -"BookPage" "Murakami . . . has a deep interest in the alienation of self, which lifts [Sputnik Sweetheart] into both fantasy and philosophy." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Not just a great Japanese writer but a great writer, period." -"Los Angeles Times Book Review"See all Product Description
Interesting story but failed to keep my attention throughout and concluded with a disappointing endingPublished 3 months ago by ZRSG
Great service and the book was in excellent condition. I would recommend the book to anyone who like a good tale told well. Beautifully written and full of intersting characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. R. Little
Loved the story as any other Murakami. The book was in very good condition but the cover didn't match the one in the picture, which I don't care much, but just sayingPublished 8 months ago by bvg
This is the first Murakami book I've read, and honestly, I liked it. Really enjoyed it. I've read some samples of his other work and they seem, oh I don't know... vast? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Flirtatious Vagabond
Liked it all.Couldnt anticipate how the story would develop so kept one constantly engaged.
Title will attract readers but is not a. Clue to content