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South Of The Border, West Of The Sun

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Romanul exploreaza adincimile sufletului uman, concentrindu-se asupra metamorfozelor prin care trece sentimentul iubirii de la adolescenta pina la maturitate.

Personajul principal, Hajime, proprietarul unui bar din Tokyo, duce o existenta aparent linistita si indestulatoare, dar in fapt tulburata de amintirea unei povesti de dragoste din tinerete. Ceea ce il obsedeaza insa
Published July 1st 1999 by Harvill Press (first published 1992)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Creo que lo hace (junto con muchos autores modernos) porque la vida no te presenta con sus conflictos todos resueltos, sin un hilo suelto, y todo…moreCreo que lo hace (junto con muchos autores modernos) porque la vida no te presenta con sus conflictos todos resueltos, sin un hilo suelto, y todo atado con un lazo bonito. La vida siempre sigue adelante; en cuanto que terminamos con una etapa, aquí está la siguiente (si es que no se superponen una a otra). Pocas personas reales son nitidamente definidas; el ser humano consciente de su vida está (y debe estar) en una condición de constante adaptación y cambio. Claro que existen personas que se limitan a respirar, comer, dormir y andar una linea recta de la cuna a la tumba, pasando por las etapas vitales una tras otra sin variación...pero no sería muy emocionante leer sobre ellos.(less)

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Kelly Jean Egan
Mar 19, 2008 Kelly Jean Egan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 quite distinct. Every time I read ...more
Ian Gabogovinanana
A Companion Intervenes

I re-read “South of the Border” immediately after re-reading “Norwegian Wood”, as part of my training regime for Murakami’s “1Q84”.

Although they were written five years apart and were separated by “Dance Dance Dance”, they are good companion pieces.

They stand out from Murakami’s other novels because they explore love and its consequences almost exclusively.

Although some things and events go unexplained, there is little of the surrealism and absurdity that characterizes mos
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 ...more
Brendon Schrodinger
The other night a friend mentioned she is reading '1Q84' at the moment and it got me all nostalgic for a Murakami experience. So choosing one at random of the ever diminishing list of Murakami's I haven't read yet I chose 'South of the Border, West of the Sun'.

What do you get? Unsurprisingly a story that is Murakami. There is an every-man protagonist, mysterious lady from the past, jazz, university protests, people with deformities... I could go on or just use the Murakami Bingo:

Desipite being s
❁ بــدريــه ❁
أن تقرأ أول عمل لهاروكي كافكا على الشاطئ
و تبدأ بعد ذلك بقراءة مؤلفاته ..
ستكون مجبر على مقارنه .. فهذه رواية عادية
جدا بنسبة للرائعته كافكا ..

بطلنا هذه المره هو هاجيمي الطفل الوحيد
لوالديه وأن تكون وحيد بوجهة نظر موراكامي
هذا يعني أنك مختلف وشعورك مختلف
وحياتك بالتالي ستختلف.. !

سرد لنا أسباب الاختلاف ونتائجها من
خلال الحبكة .. كان سيناريو عادي يتكرر في
أي قصة وأي كتاب !
نعيش مراحل حياته من الطفولة تكون الحياة
محور اكتشافاته .. في المراهقة يأتي الاهتمام
بالنفس والعاطفة المتدفقة
يتخذ له صديقة يظن أنها ا
Eddie Watkins
This book is the literary equivalent of cloud paintings. I’m not talking John Constable’s clouds, which are dense with specificity from a keen and earthy eye; but rather New Agey cloud paintings, which are designed to be innocuous and calming, to not stimulate the eye, to induce a meditative state and readjust the spirit and turn one away from the tangible.

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
Moushumi Ghosh
Dec 27, 2012 Moushumi Ghosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked jazz music but I don’t think I qualify as a fan. But this book seems like a jazz symphony to me (I’m kind of clueless about jazz. Is there something like a “jazz symphony?”) It’s smooth, mysterious and leaves you thirsting for more.

I firmly believe that you don’t choose your books; the books choose you. Yeah, I’m one of them people who think that there is no such thing as a coincidence. So, this SOTBWFTS (short form) was a gift from a friend on my birthday.

Anyways, I jumped o
Jul 02, 2009 Lamia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتب ابراهيم حاج عبدي..
"عنوان الرواية «جنوب الحدود، غرب الشمس» هو عبارة عن توليفة ابتدعها خيال الروائي، ليختزل، بهذه الاستعارة الذكية، مزاج بطل روايته، ومخاوفه ورغباته وآماله. «جنوب الحدود» هو عنوان أغنية لنات كينج كول، بينما «غرب الشمس» هو اسم لمرض هستيري يعاني منه الفلاحون في سيبيريا. «فلاح وحيد في تندرا سيبيريا. يحرث الأرض كل يوم ولا يرى شيئاً على مد البصر سوى الشمس والأفق الممتد بلا نهاية محيطاً به من الجهات الأربع. يلقي بمحراثه ذات يوم، ويبدأ بالسير نحو ارض تمتد غرب الشمس، من دون طعام أو شر
Feb 04, 2008 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Afaf Ammar
الزمن العابر واحد من الأشياء التي لا تسترجع،فالماضي لا يمكنه العودة أبدا، ربما لو عرف هاجيمي هذه الحقيقة منذ البداية لما عصف الماضي بوجدانه، وبعثره إلي شظايا.

القصة تدور حول هاجيمي و إسمه يعني البداية، نشأ كطفل وحيد، مدلل، ضعيف، و أناني.
عندما ذهب هاجيمي الي المدرسة الإبتدائية في سن السادسة، قابل شيماموتو كانت هي أيضا طفلة وحيدة، لديها عرج في قدمها اليسري نتيجة إصابتها بشلل الأطفال ، هادئة، ومع ذلك تبدو صلبة جدا من الخارج.

أصبحت فيما بعد صديقته، جمعهما حب الكتب، الموسيقي و القطط، فشعر هاجيمي أن
Boysie Freeman (not my real name, it's just my Internet name)
At first I dislike this book but now I am confident to say that I hate it.

It's about this shallow and whiny man who wronged every women he put his hand on (probably because he is so deep, no one can understand him since he's the only child, yes, you gotta remember how painful it is for this Hajime guy to be the only child)... except his childhood sweetheart who is so deep that she never has a real personality but some random emo appeal which cannot make me care less. The author tried so hard bu
Ahmed Oraby
هاروكي موراكامي، هو تلك المنطقة الرمادية بين الواقع والخيال
After having read the bulk of his work, I've come to the conclusion that one has to have a general picture of Murakami's novels in order to understand each of his stories seperately. There are some recurring themes in all of them that at first I couldn't quite get. Now, it's become easier to interpret those symbolisms.

As much as I love his surrealistic tricks, I can't help but be equally dazzled by his more sensitive, romantic themes. This one belongs to the latter category, while it has been s
Sep 14, 2015 vivliovision rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
keep in touch:

Hajime is a happily married man. He is also the father of two daughters and the owner of two Jazz Clubs. At some point during his 30’s Hajime finds himself leading a typical suburban life close-enough-but-not-too-close to down-town Tokyo.

Some people would say that Hajime is one of those lucky-few-guys, who can afford a rather easy-going lifestyle, while others would argue that this sort of life is quiet dull, actually. But then again, that's exactly
Jan 12, 2016 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدون قطط ناطقة ولا اسماك متساقطة من السماء، نجح موراكامي في إبهاري هذه المرة أيضا. أسلوبه الحساس والشغوف المغلف بالحنين يتسلل ويتغلل في الحنايا رغم أن البساطة هي اللغة المستخدمة.

تطرح الرواية تيمات متعددة، إن لم تجد إحداهن صدى في نفسك، فستفعل الأخرى ذلك. هل سبق وأن طرحت على نفسك اسئلة تتعلق بمدى سعادتك في الحياة؟ أن احترت فيما أن كنت ترغب أن تحيا بالطريقة التي تعيشها حاليا أم أنها رسمت لك دون تدخل منك؟ ألم تشعر يوما أن هناك نهرا من الحسرة يسري تحت القشرة الصلبة من الروتين اليومي والكفاح المضني.
Jul 06, 2014 Jareed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonely men who listen to jazz music on a rainy night
Recommended to Jareed by: My Murakami fever
Shelves: fictional-novels
In denying a foothold to any portentous propensity of being needlessly repetitive, but more so in the interest of brevity, I opted to start forthcoming reviews, of which there seem to be many as this Murakami fever I have uncannily contracted has sternly refused abatement, with the Murakami Bingo! Murakami may have a definitive 'murakami' style but it still operates within a framework with formulaic themes and recurring plot devices.


So here we go!
Mysterious Woman? Operative truth!
Unexpected Phon
T.D. Whittle
Sep 28, 2014 T.D. Whittle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This is not a review, just an expression of my immediate emotional response, after having just finished the book: it is a somewhat-disappointed sigh, that is inaudible from where you are sitting, probably. This is the first Murakami I've read that's made me go "meh." I just didn't love it, and I nearly stopped reading it about two-thirds of the way through. Perhaps I should have stopped, come to think of it, as it's left me in a bit of a funk.

Why are all (or at least most) of his women so damn t
K.D. Absolutely
I just finished reading and liking another Murakami book. My last three read books by him failed to impress me at all: Norwegian Wood (2 stars), 1Q84 (2 stars) and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2 stars). The middle of the book is utterly boring especially while waiting of Shimamoto to show up and meet Hajime again. The waiting does not heighten the anticipation because you know that they are meant for each and the inevitable that they will make love when the see each other becomes ...more
Airiz C
Nov 24, 2011 Airiz C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romance
I am a discriminating reader. Even if I love an author unreservedly, I don’t go around loving everything that he writes. After all, in a writer’s collection of works, not everything will be explosively brilliant; some of them will turn out as duds.

To many Murakami-experienced readers, South of the Border, West of the Sun definitely reads like the spiritual successor to his acclaimed novel Norwegian Wood. Both don’t have a much of magical realism (or surrealism?) in them that is commonplace in th
Apr 22, 2010 Evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, yearning, 2010-reads

Eh, this was Orange Crush trying to masquerade as champagne.

The book's lynchpin is a lifelong unrequited or dashed youthful romance that obsesses the protagonists, Hajime (he) and Shimamoto (she), each -- unknowingly to the other -- holding a candle over a vast span of time. Unfortunately, Murakami is no Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and this glass of soda pop novel is no Love in the Time of Cholera.

I'm not a guy who requires plot, per se, but what plot there is here is perfunctory; Murakami makes thi
Nov 23, 2012 Lona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

أربعة نجوم لماذا؟!! .... كل ما أعرفه أني وجدت نفسي أتتبع حياة شخص من طفولته إلى نهاية الثلاثين بسلاسة كبيرة، وبدون أن أشعر مرت لحظاتي مع هذه الرواية بانسيابية مدهشة .. .. بالإضافة للألم بعيني واحمرارهما من التحديق في صفحاتها لا أعرف لماذا غمرني إحساس بنوع مختلف من الألم

easily accessible, yet profoundly complex
هكذا وصفت أعمال موراكامي، بالفعل هي كذلك بالإضافة لكونها وجبة موسيقية كانت هنا من الجاز

هذه الرواية عن تلك الفجوة الفارغة بداخلنا تحت السطح اللامع الذي لا يعكس الداخل، في هذه الرواية كانت ا
Aug 11, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Nat King Cole
Shelves: to-re-read, reviews
有緣無份 - Fate Without Destiny?

有緣無份 (yǒu yuán wú fèn). A Chinese idiom describing a case where two people are fated to meet but not destined to be together. I can't think of a better way to describe the premise of the novel. Perhaps a close English term is "Star Crossed Lovers".


Hajime and Shimamoto meet as school children, and hold an intimate affinity for each other - both as only children and both sharing a deep love of books, music, and cats. They would walk home after school together
Jr Bacdayan
Aug 12, 2014 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with Haruki Murakami’s novels. 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. I can’t really pin it down. 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 o
محمد مختار
تاني أحلى رواية أقرأها لموراكامي بعد كافكا على الشاطىء حتى الآن
رواية أكثر من رائعة، حسيت بجزء منها بنفسي واللي نفسي أعملو
وحسيت أكتر كأن موراكامي بيتكلم عن نفسو، بطل الرواية في معظم الحاجات اللي موراكامي عملها في حياتو الشخصية، بيحب القراية والموسيقى وافتتح جاز بار
بتحكي الرواية عن شاب وحيد والديه، في سن اتناشر سنة كان بيلعب مع بنت زميلتو
تفرقت بيهم الطرق وما قابلهاش تاني إلا بعد خمسة وعشرين سنة وهو متجوز ومخلف وناجح في شغلو
الرواية بتوريك إن النجاح المادي مش هو اللي الإنسان بيدور عليه، لما الإنسان
Nojood Alsudairi
عجيبة هي النفس الإنسانية! لا ترضى أبدا ولا تقنع بحال. ظل البطل يلوك حب قديم هجره وحب أقل قدما خانه مدة غير قصيرة من الزمن. وحين فتحت له الدنيا أبوابها من كل حدب عاد يصيح الفراغ الداخلي الذي لم تستطع زوجته وابنتيه وأمواله سده. هل كان كل ما مر به هلاوس عقل مجنون لم يستطع الرضا بما قسم؟ أعتقد هذا. أظن بأن النهاية تدلنا على حالة معتادة من الجنون سببها محاولة عيش ما لم يكن.
أحببت بساطة الأسلوب وتعقيد الطرح
João Carlos
Nov 12, 2015 João Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2015

Shimamoto em ”A Sul da Fronteira, A Oeste do Sol”

Em 1992 o escritor japonês Haruki Murakami publicou o romance ”A Sul da Fronteira, A Oeste do Sol” num enredo que tem Hajime, como narrador, nascido a 4 de Janeiro de 1951, um nome que em japonês significa “princípio”, filho único, um caso raro no Japão pós-guerra, ”No mundo em que cresci, ser filho único era sinónimo de uma criança a quem os pais faziam as vontades, tudo crianças enfermiças e egoístas.” (Pág. 9) e que aos doze anos conhece Shima
Feb 15, 2015 Gela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know what the book is about then read the description. I'm just an average gal who likes to read and well if you're my friend or you have similar interest, well here is why I like it. I'm a sucker for romance, even if it's tragic, period. Hajime, I don't get but then again I understand him completely. Life is complicated, love is complicated, no one is promised tomorrow and I don't care who you are no one can say that they know exactly what they would do given a situation. "Love i ...more
Sean Wilson
The Two Murakami's

I'll admit, I avoided Haruki Murakami for a while, simply because I let my ego make all my decisions. My ego decided that Haruki was never as good a writer as fellow Japanese novelist Ryū Murakami (In The Miso Soup, Coin Locker Babies...), and so I avoided Haruki completely. It wasn't until I was given Norwegian Wood as a birthday present that I dropped the pretentiousness of literary tastes and immersed myself in his world...

While Ryū is the demon-surrealist of Japanese postmo
مصطفي سليمان
واضح ان البرنس الكبير
بيحب الموسيقي بشكل كبير
وخاصة منها الجاز
الرواية علي اسم اغنية
نات كينج كول

تحكي بكل بساطة عن شاب
عادي أحب فتاة عادية
فرقتهم الحياة العادية
ليتعرف علي فتاة عادية أخري لكنها تحبه اكثر
يخونها ليس كرها فيها ولكن ضعف
كل واحد ف اتجاه
يبدأ من اول وجديد
يتزوج لا يحبها بالقدر الكبير
لكن بالقدر المقبول اللي تخليها مراته
ويخلف ويبدأ مشروع ناجح
حبه الاول القديم اللي كان دايما سايب فراغ ف حياته
تظهر من العدم
بس طبعا مش عاوز اقول الطحينة واللحوسة اللي بتحصل
كتير بنتعرض لحاجات ومواقف شبه دي
Ekip okumalari kapsaminda gecikmeli de olsa okudugum bir kitap. Sahsen bana kalsa bir muddet daha erteleyebilirdim ama ekip okumalarinda karar aldigimiz kitaplari bitirmezsem icim rahat etmeyecekti.

Imkansizin Sarkisi kitabindan sonra okudugum ikinci Murakami kitabi ve itiraf etmeliyim ki henuz Murakami'nin bu kadar tutulmasinin sebebini cozemedim. Belki birkac kitabini daha okumam gerekiyor kim bilir.

Bu kitabin en guzel yani kolay okunabilir olmasi. O kadar ki bir oturusta bitirebileceginiz akic
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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