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REVIEW Ö 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi Ç ❮Read❯ ➵ 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi Author Haruki Murakami – Following the massive complexity of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami's best sellVeal 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 Kokkyō no minami PDFEPUB #187 realize Bittersweet passionate and ultimately redemptive South of the Border West Kokkyō no minami taiyō no PDF or of the Sun is an intricate examination of desire illuminating the persistent power of childhood and memory in matters of the heart From the Hardcover editio. Lost loves and existential romance haunt in what was for Murakami a tender and mellowed out novel which oddly still had a gripping edge to it but I can't pinpoint exactly why Maybe it's simply down to the fact this is Murakami and here even though the story is a simple one I never truly felt in the comfort zone like there was an underlying menace and that something unexpected was going to happen at any momentHe loves a good sex scene does Murakami and they can be found here also but at least here his eroticism feels like it's in the right place and at the right time and not crawling out of the woodwork at the oddest of moments like he has done before He leaves his Kafkaesue side behind here with no strange happenings or talking cats but there are other Murakami trademarks like whisky and jazz that feel right at home In a nutshell this is the tale of obsessive attraction told with a uiet psychological power The central figure is Hajime born as he tells us on the first page early in the second half of the 20th century he is your average person from a typical family He is in other words part of the regeneration that repopulated Japan after World War II and never experienced any real hardships Typical Japanese families has several children but Hajime is an only child and that bothers him as people assume he must therefore be spoiled and self centered In his lonely world Hajime only one true friend a girl named Shimamoto who is also an only child and they click really well After moving away he soon stops seeing Shimamoto until many years later after he is settled into family life with wife and kids But in her unobtrusive way she has stolen into his being such that no other person can ever be fully meaningful to him He has experiences with other women including a high school sweetheart named Izumi but Shimamoto is always present at the back of his mind Then out of nowhere Shimamoto comes back into his life after they had parted as 12 year olds She is as beautiful as Hajime had imagined but with the passing of time something has changed and she is gripped by a dark power about which she says nothing The novel then shifts tonally and consists of their strange obsessive attraction and the ineffable meaning that each has for the otherOne of the skills with this novel is that Murakami creates a vague sense of perilousness as his characters go about their business This is for the most part down to the psychological fragility that is the book's motif There are deep cracks in the shells that each character lives withinIt is as if these lives can be fatally wounded with the slightest mistake and given the weakness and self centered nature that is embedded in Hajime's core the danger of that is always lurking close by Like other Murakami novels I have read it feels like there is an invisible force or mysterious power running through the pages that compels his characters to the very harmful acts that will end up ruining them I have to say I didn't particularly think of Hajime as a likeable person but I can at least understand some of his actions He still loved his wife he still loved his children but without Shimamoto something was always missing Murakami's narrative style here is as spare and unornamented as a traditional Japanese room and it's a stripped back style that suited the novel really well A delicate and affecting work and certainly one of Murakami's realistic novels but it's one that I still found had a dreamy uality to it

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School these childhood sweethearts would listen to records hold hands and talk about their 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō Epubfuture Then despite themselves in the way peculiar to adolescents they grew apart seemingly for goodNow 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 re. I never fail to be impressed by the way Murakami captures mood and feelings Even in his less fantastic novels of which this is one he draws you into a world that is all his and so full of possibilities and connections that you feel you could grasp them if you reached out Except you don't because in Murakami's universe it's easier to stay put and wait than to get actively involved It's about memories and reminiscences about wishes and alternate realities and if you were to reach out and touch anything you would break the carefully crafted atmosphere leaving nothing but some loner's neurotic ramblings about the things he should have done but sadly never did You wouldn't want to do that now would you South of the Border West of the Sun is set in a familiar Murakami landscape where lonely men listen to jazz and classical music get obsessed with mysterious women with death in their eyes and crave a connection with just one fellow soul This time around the protagonist is Hajime a man in his late thirties who seems to be going through a bit of a mid life crisis Reasonably happily married and the successful owner of two jazz bars Hajime seems to have it all except for two things he can't really connect to anyone and he is haunted by memories of the women he has wronged Most of all he is haunted by the memory of his childhood friend Shimamoto the only person in his life to whom he has ever been close but of whom he lost sight at age twelve And then Shimamoto suddenly reappears in his life tempting him with promises of closeness and understanding and confusing him profoundly As stories of mid life crises and marital infidelity go this one is nothing out of the ordinary It follows Hajime through his obsession with Shimamoto and his insecurities regrets and justifications leading him all the way to some modicum of self discovery So far so generic adultery novel What sets the book apart from countless other such books is its mood Like other Murakami books South of the Border West of the Sun is a mood piece It has a dreamlike timeless uality a mellow intensity and a jazz and rain fuelled melancholy which occasionally drips off the pages It evokes loneliness and obsession in a way few other authors manage to evoke them It's like being submerged in a bath of longing and nostalgia and I for one really enjoy that sort of thing There's something uite cathartic about itMuch has been said about Hajime the protagonist of South of the Border Like many Murakami characters Hajime is not an action hero; he spends most of the book waiting for fate to deal him a lucky card and when he finally gets it he doesn't really know what to do with it Nor does he seem to notice that the cards he was initially dealt were actually uite good He is a dreamer and a drifter floating through a world in which he doesn't seem properly anchored feeling rather than observing longing rather than acting He is haunted by memories and wallows in his own mistakes without having the guts to address them He is not necessarily the world's most attractive protagonist but all the same it is interesting watching the world through his eyes sensing his guilt and sharing his cravings And if he doesn't seem to be all that different from countless other Murakami protagonists well so be it That's Murakami for you writing the same story featuring the same protagonist over and over again but in a way which keeps you coming back for As for Murakami's refusal to tie up the loose ends in this book which seems to baffle certain reviewers I like that I like that we never find out exactly what Shimamoto has been up to for all these years I like that her disappearance remains unexplained I even like the fact that we never find out her first name Hajime keeps calling her by her family name even when they are having sex It adds an air of detachment and mystery to the novel which in turn just adds to its dreamlike uality It allows you to fill in the blanks yourself and at the end of the day that is what I like most about good fiction its ability to make you fantasise and write parts of the story yourself Maybe that's why I like Murakami so much; he draws me into brilliant moodscapes and leaves me there thinking feeling wondering what I would do in a given position Sometimes I wish I never had to leave his world but alas even the best jazz gets tedious after a while


国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishiFollowing the massive complexity of no minami eBook #10003 The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami's best selling award winning novel comes this deceptively simple love story a contemporary rendering of the romance in which a boy finds and then loses a girl only to meet her again years laterHajime 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. Whatever Murakami book I am reading I find myself stepping back into the same world as before with all of the same characters and themes of wells and transience and strangely poignant details like gold lighters and classical music records and the myriad spaghetti dinners the mundane details of everyday life spun into a dreamy tapestry The fact that every Murakami book I read seems to feel the same is a good thing in this author's case His tone is something uite distinct Every time I read him I feel I'm wrapping myself in a wispy cocoon of emotions and floating once again in that wistful introspection melancholy disassociation Nothing is permanent Murakami captures Mono no aware amid the frenetic modern day Tokyo His world is surreal and yet also emotionally filling a perfectly imperceptible blend of fantasy and the real The voice of the narrator is always the same delving with an endearing compelling introspection into the deep well of his psyche and always doing so amid a rising urgency; in a race against time and the dissolution of the form of things; in a race against some phantom clock whose measure only the most sensitive can grasp and whose ticking threatens that all might be swept away with the next gust of wind The sense of time in these novels is always strangely skewed we are following a character for some time in a day to day mode wherein a particular depth of thought suddenly holds us in mid air and suddenly we are jumping fifteen years only to find the characters still dwelling in the past as though it were yesterday Murakami achieves illusory momentums that give way to long bouts of ruminating stillness Finishing the novel is like waking from a dream where you've justyes you've just learned something