By Haruki Murakami

Born in 1951 in an prosperous Tokyo suburb, Hajime—beginning in Japanese—has arrived at center age in need of for nearly not anything. The postwar years have introduced him an exceptional marriage, daughters, and an enviable occupation because the owner of 2 jazz golf equipment. but a nagging feel of inauthenticity approximately his luck threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood reminiscence of a sensible, lonely woman named Shimamoto clouds his middle.
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the straightforward arc of a man’s life—with its attendant rhythms of good fortune and disappointment—becomes the beautiful literary terrain of Haruki Murakami’s such a lot haunting paintings. whilst Shimamoto indicates up one wet evening, now a panoramic attractiveness with a mystery from which she is not able to flee, the fault traces of doubt in Hajime’s quotidian life start to fall down. And the main points of stolen moments prior and present—a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed opposed to a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea—threaten to undo him thoroughly. wealthy, mysterious, quietly fantastic, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami’s wisest and so much compelling paintings.

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