South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/06/2000
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A moving, thoughtful story of long-lost love and second chances 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. 'Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem' The Times

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099448570
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 10 mm

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South of the Border, West of the Sun
Murakami never fails to impress...
I really loved it, as with all Murakami books, I just get drawn into them and can't stop reading them, even if it's 1am and I have to wake up early the nex... READ MORE
South of the Border, West of the Sun
My first Murakami book, I'm hooked
In Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun, twelve year old friends Hajime and Shimamoto make a pact to separate, certain that if they are perfect ... READ MORE
Helen Grant
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Beautiful lyrical writing
Hajime is a self made man. He owns two piano jazz bars has an adoring wife and two wonderful children. But Hajime has a problem he cannot get the image of ... READ MORE
South of the Border, West of the Sun
A work of rare beauty both fragile and intense
None of the typical quirks of a Murakami novel here and yet still far from a straightforward love story. Two only children, once inseparable as kids, a... READ MORE
Nick A