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South of the Border, West of the Sun. Home · South of the Border, West of the Sun Author: Murakami Haruki. downloads Views KB Size Report. Born in in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime—beginning in Japanese—has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have. Soft Copy of Book South of the Border, West of the Sun author Haruki Murakami completely free. The reality that each Murakami ebook I study seems to feel the same is a great component on this author’s case. 2nd Review about South of the Border, West of the Sun PDF Book by Haruki.
First the pros: Most of the book is an academic exercise in biding time until the inevitable encounter with the exalted lost love. Murakami Haruki Japanese: He does the regular things: She has to rain on the desert of their relationship.
Hajime, being a single child, is shown to suffer from a degree of alienation due to this, and develops a relationship with books and music. In comes Shimatoto, also a single child, with whom he develops a friendship. Unfortunately, circumstances separate the two children at a young age.
At least by the person who's waiting. We watch Hajime spiral through life in his semi-isolation as he struggles with his longing for the past with Shimatoto. Eventually, she returns to his life, only Hajime is now 36, and a father of two.
Shimatoto remains a metaphor for the what-ifs and what-might-have-beens of unrequited love. I didn't enjoy this as much as some of Murakami's other novels.
Yet it was a worthwhile read on 20th century Japanese culture and the trademark Murakami-soundtrack allowed me to finish the novel with relative ease. My lack of interest in the plot may be due to my inability to relate to the characters and themes in the story.
Happy reading! O qualche giorno dopo. Hanno dodici anni. Shimamoto ha una gamba offesa dalla poliomelite, ha un padre con una ricca collezione di dischi e i due bambini crescono ascoltandoli: Adesso hanno diciassette anni. Hajime cresce, conduce una vita sessuale abbastanza intensa incrociando amori e storie per esempio con la cugina della stessa fidanzata Izumi , fino al matrimonio con la madre dei suoi due figli. Se non sia stato tutto un sogno. Fare figli era parte di questo processo.
Qui i possibili intrecci degli altri universi esistenziali ma per Murakami anche fisici si racchiudono nel rimpianto: E, quindi, perduto.
Aug 23, Eddie Watkins rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is the literary equivalent of cloud paintings. So South of the Border, West of the Sun is not all bad — it does satisfy all the above criteria for New Agey cloud paintings — and I have no This book is the literary equivalent of cloud paintings.
I typically turn to art to be engaged with the materials of that art.
This book is all essence and forced me to readjust my reading habits. I had to actually remove my focus from the words themselves, and to let them pass intact — like cloudy kidney stones painlessly through my urethra — through my reading eyes and brain and straight into my conceptualizing mind, where they formed something quite small for a novel of over pages.
Zen koans can perform that feat in ten words or less. Again, I turn to art to be engaged with the materials of that art. In his essay on marathon running Murakami refers to himself as boring, and now I'm inclined to believe him. The protagonist of this book is clearly a stand-in for Murakami, and is numbingly dull.
I don't believe in the transcendence of his imagination. I don't believe there are women who like to lick his balls. But then is that possibly the point of this book? I applaud Murakami if that is the case, at least for his conceptual gumption; but still I'd rather read a book that wasn't designed to be innocuous.
Give me some meat on my words. View all 26 comments. Jun 01, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. This novel starts out as a coming-of-age story of a young Japanese man. Like other Murakami novels we have cats, Western culture and music — both American pop and European classical music. To the cats we can add lame women because there are two in this story. This makes a lot of sense in Japanese culture with its exceptionally low birth rate to the point This novel starts out as a coming-of-age story of a young Japanese man.
This makes a lot of sense in Japanese culture with its exceptionally low birth rate to the point where Japanese population is actually declining. See below - by a million people in the last five years. The young man finds his calling designing and opening night clubs in Tokyo. And buying BMWs. As time goes on he becomes overly focused on thinking back to his early innocent relations with girls and trying to figure out what went wrong and what his life would have been like if he had stuck with another girl.
He follows women around who remind him of this or that old girlfriend. Even after he has a wife and child, a woman appears who reminds him of one of these earlier romances and he becomes obsessed with her.
As with some other Murakami novels I found the resolution of the story to be unsatisfactory. I felt that way about Murakami's IQ Still, I thought it was a good read and worth a 4.
View all 8 comments. Aug 02, Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it. I guess it might be the resonance of loneliness emanating from all his works. It might be the fusion of pop-culture and philosophical musings. It might be the mysterious atmosphere he creates. Most of his novels are deceptively similar in their tones and backgrounds but each one has a different center. Each novel shows a similar scene, but each one with a different focus. South of the Border, West of the Sun is a meditation on moving on, learning to live with your decisions, learning to change, to adapt with the current.
Like cement hardening in a bucket. Little by little we change because of what we choose. We become someone different from the past, someone unrecognizable. Hajime, whose name means beginning in Japanese, is a man from the past. A man fallen in love with Shimamoto, with Izumi, with Yukiko. His story uses these three women as markers for the shifts in his life. He loves, breaks, and loves again. Hajime moves on through each phase of his life different from who he was.
Now he is in his thirties married with children and lives a comfortable and contented life until his past comes back to visit him. For no apparent reason, I hurt people around me and end up hurting myself. Not because I like to. Hanging on, if not for yourself, then for those around you. If your dreams are gone, you can use your life to fulfill the dreams of people you love.
If your dreams have faded, dwelling on them cannot give you happiness, if will only bring you more pain. But aim to not let the people you care about feel the same pain. There is that time where we would give everything to redo to choose again, but we cannot. It is all in the past. It is naturally human to crave for this, we seek what we do not know, we crave the mysterious but by doing this, we ignore what we have in front of us.
So then the present becomes the past, and we realize its value only when we are powerless once more. Maybe we unconsciously love being powerless?
But that is life. You act and your actions have consequences and you react and you live with it. It is never perfect, but appreciating what you have is the only defiance you can show. Try to achieve contentment and perseverance in this untamable darkness of sea called life. Learn to flow with the tides, and dance with the currents. I felt a choking, stifling fear as I stared into this bottomless dark pit.
Rain softly falling on a vast sea, with no one there to see it. Until someone came and lightly rested a hand on my shoulder, my thoughts were of the sea. But is light really absent or are we blind to the light around us?
The sun does not shine at night, we call it dark, but the moon is there unnoticed. The light you desire may not appear for you, but a different light is always there to take away darkness. Open your eyes. In this life, nothing is permanent but change.
The sun will always set, the moon too, but a new sun and a new moon will always take its place. Do not resist, accept. And I had to change. View all 4 comments. Jan 28, Lisa rated it it was ok. I really didn't enjoy this book, but it did make me think about why, so at least it had that going for it. I found Hajime an infinitely unlikeable character, but I couldn't put my finger on the details of why.
He had no problem doing things that would hurt the women he claimed to "love", even as he said that there must be something wrong with him for doing so. I think of "that's just the way I am, nothing to be done" as the worst, laziest possible excuse for bad behavior toward others.
But it was I really didn't enjoy this book, but it did make me think about why, so at least it had that going for it.
But it wasn't until I got to the end of the story that I began to be able to articulate what I disliked about Hajime, and therefore the book. Hajime loses the only dream he's ever had in life, Shimamoto, though he knows absolutely zero about her as an adult somehow that doesn't matter He is crushed at the somehow dismal prospect of providing dreams for others his family , instead of pursuing his own dream no matter the cost.
I found that utterly depressing. A character that a can't generate new dreams in life, and b is miserable about the newly discovered prospect of providing for the dreams of people he claims to love, is utterly unappealing to me. I wonder if Hajime was meant as an illustration of a total failure of a human-in-relationship, or whether he was supposed to be a somewhat sympathetic character and I just hated him anyway.
The only book I can compare it to that I really did like is Lolita. Reading that book, it was crystal clear that we were reading a story offered to us by a wildly unreliable first-person narrator, and that this story, presented to us as star-crossed, tragic love, was really about something else entirely--the danger and blindness of sick obsession, a child's loss of her right and ability to define and direct her self.
I could appreciate South of the Border on this level, thinking of how Hajime's narration about himself was completely unreliable, and underneath there was a story about someone who spent his life driven only by what he wanted, with no understanding of or interest in his impact on others.
Interestingly, this also somehow leaves him completely unable to understand his impact on himself. Nov 16, Moushumi Ghosh rated it it was amazing. Anyways, I jumped on the novel like a piece of cake: At first, you wonder where is the story going? Polio-infected Shimamoto is the one girl who makes a very deep impression on his young mind. When Shimamoto moves out of his life, Hajime goes on with his life in a very on-the-surface manner.
He does the regular things: But you get the feeling that something is missing. When one day a stunning woman walks into his club on a rainy evening, everything changes. The woman is Shimamoto. Now, looking more stunning than ever. Hajime is torn between an average life and his prospects with Shimamoto. She appears on rainy evenings to tantalise him. One day, just when he makes a choice, she disappears forever. Hajime is the everyman in this novel. Shimamoto is the symbol of all that we want and cannot have.
She appears from time to time in our lives teasing us with the prospect. But she is like the rain: If she does, she will destroy everything. And the novel is a testiment to the fact that her short stay was quite destructive for the protagonist.
This novel is considered to be one of his most mature works. The youthful flavour of Norwegian Wood is not to be seen here. But what you can see is a mature writer and a mature man. Naoko grows up and become Shimamoto.
Toru and Hajime are the same — the passive protagonist —appearing again and again in all Murakami novels. Even in a very adventurous novel like The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist remains the calm guy who makes spaghetti. All Murakami protagonists wait for life to happen to them, somehow calm, somehow untouched like the eye of the storm.
All the references to music especially Jazz are there usual. It makes the story all the more poignant. This is not one of them rambunctious novels that use mind-bending narrative pyrotechnics to tell the story and grab the attention of the reader. It sure did on mine. View all 6 comments. View all 13 comments. Jul 14, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it it was amazing. They say that Murakami is one of those authors you either love or hate.
His unique writing style always had a sort of hypnotic power over me. Do you know that feeling you feel They say that Murakami is one of those authors you either love or hate.
Do you know that feeling you feel a part of a book right from the start? You only started reading it but you already feel immersed in it? When the first sentences draw you in completely?
It is the ease with which he creates his characters, revealing their inner world before our eyes in ever more detail with each page we turn. At times it might even seem like we know his characters better than ourselves. Both his writing style and the general mood of his books have something very unpretentious about them. This simplicity and minimalism in writing works very well in this novel, adding another layer of sophistication to it. That is the world I would be tempted to use if I had to describe his books in one word: He certainly has his signature style.
Murakami uses metaphors and symbols with much ease, creating with them a thing of delicate beauty. Indeed, I can see many similarities between them, not just in the choice of themes explored but in the writing style as well. Somehow those elements are employed so skilfully by these two writers, that they manage not only to deepen their descriptions of human loneliness and isolation, but give them additional meanings.
The protagonist of this novel, Hajimi, is not by any means a perfect man.
It seems that he has a perfect life, though. Married with two children and a successful job- what man could want more? Yet, underneath it all, Hajimi is somewhat unhappy and obsessed with his past. He owns jazz clubs, he is married to a woman who adores him, his marriage is by no means build on false pretences- and yet he is so utterly dissatisfied with something, it is like there is something deep inside of him, a worm of doubt eating up his life.
This novel is much too complex for something like that. If feels more like a psychological study of character than just a story about some guy discontent with his life.
The richness of this book is composed of many layers. One of them can certainly be found in its philosophical exploration of the human condition. What does it mean to be human? Why do we always want more? The existentialism is subtly played out in this one, much like music in a jazz bar, it echoes through the room until it becomes a part of you and nests itself somewhere deep in your heart.
You either hate it or love it.
People tend to either be utterly moved by his writing or feel it does nothing for them. Obviously, I fall into the first category. I agonized for and with the protagonist, perhaps even more that he did himself. What or whom is Hajimi looking for, this man who seemingly has it all? Perhaps it all comes down to his past and a spirit of lost love the most potent of spirits, right?
Together these two finally feel complete, but unfortunately they lose touch when they families move away. Suddenly, Shimamoto reappears and Hajimi, now a married man, is captured under the spell of her mystery. As the years pass, Hajimi becomes more and more obsessed with Shimamoto. Why is this old love so important to Hajimi? Because it is what itching fingers are to a painter. For some people love might be like that. Like that physical and spiritual need for creation that artists feel.
A yearning for the other than goes deeper that most romantic relationships. It is not so much sharing and friendship, as a creation of something new. Love, for some, might be that great mystery, that only thing that can give us fulfilment. He is just utterly and completely fascinated and drawn to her. It seems like something that is genuinely stronger than both of them. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New in South of the Border, West of the Sun. Description 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. Flap copy In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life--with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment--becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. Born in in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime--"beginning in Japanese--has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing.
The sense of time in those novels is always unusually skewed—we are following a individual for a while in a each day mode, wherein a particular depth of idea holds us in mid-air, and suddenly we are jumping fifteen years, handiest to locate the characters nevertheless living in the beyond as even though it had been the day before today.
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