Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Mi...more
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blurb: Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and The Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.
K falls in love with Sumire but a devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments - until she meets Miu, an older sophisticated busin...more
I've decided that reading translated works and translating them again with one's mind, experiences, what have you is like doing a cover song. Jeff Buckley actually used another Leona...more
Thematically not dissimilar from Wind-up Bird, this short novel revels in questions of identity, conscious...more
For me this is the best unrequited tragic love story I've read so far. As this is said to be the most openly emotional novel of Mr. Murakami, the prose is really haunting and the scenes are dreamy and surreal. Again, because Mr. Murakami uses a lot of metaphors and symbolisms, there can be layers of interpretations. I am not really fond of love stories (this just ha...more
"Like a little lost Sputnik?"
I guess so. . .
One of the reasons why I picked this book up because of the title itself, Sputnik Sweetheart. It is a wonderful title for what it accounts for. It is as if it holds a special kind of love and romance. At first I was a bit perp...more
Mr. Murakami captured 3 common themes revolving around love- the "first love"; the unrequited love; and the repressed love. When you thought you have thoroughly predicted that this is certainly a love triangle, you find deeper depths that makes you realize (or so i hope you realize)that ther...more
Sputnik Sweetheart conveys the feeling of isolation and loneliness that can be found in most of Murakami's novels (the ones I've read so far). K, the guy who tells the story, and Sumire, the girl he i...more
Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is, by any chance, a bad book. My low rating can be easily explained by the fact that I've already read too much Murakami.
I used to like him quite a lot, but come on, doesn't he get tired of writing the same book over and over again? Let me show you the pattern. A simple guy who likes to 1.cook 2.listen to music/read books 3. think about the meaning of life meets an ordinary girl who turns out to be totally extraordinary, which gets her into trouble soon a...more
sputnik! that did it for me. i used to tease friends for being too 'sputnik' - like a satellite going round and round with lots of energy. i would especially tease someone who had an electrifying crush on someone! :-)
من أي مكانٍ أتت تلك العبقرية الساحرة المؤلمة التي أنتجت هذه الرواية ؟
سبوتنيك ، رفيقة سَفَر التائهين مثلها في الفضاء الواسع و الصامت ..
الألم و الشجن اللذان تسللا إليَّ عبر السطور لا يمكنني وصفهما ! ، و التشبيهات التي استخدمها الكاتِب و جودة الترجمة كذلك ، كل شيء منحني متعة لم تُضاهِها أي رواية قرأتها منذ عام ..
Creo que describe mis sentimientos perfectamente
Lo que este libro logro fue dejarme en un estado de autoreflexion acerca de la existencia y lo que he hecho en mi vida... lo cual no habia hecho desde que me dio la crisis de los 20... que no fue hace mucho, pero no importa. El caso es que me hizo pensar y me hizo creerlo.
Los libros de Murakami me recuerdan un poco al realismo mágico, porque los personajes lo toman como si fuera todo tan naturalmente, y que él haga eso, me encanta, porque va de ac...more
After I read Sputnik Sweetheart I couldn't help thinking that this is a second rate version of my favourite The Wind-Up Chronicle. Sputnik Sweetheart obviously has Murakami's trademark soaking its every nook and cranny: missing people, letters, magical realism, surrealism, dreams, greece, and so on. I finished it in two days, it is a v...more
Murakami has been frustrating for me because he has some good raw elements but his writing seems to get cliched and stilted. And I don't believe in the authenticity of the surreality he presents me. I'm not convinced of the oddity and strangeness in the same way that Kafka convinces me. "After Dark" bugged me and this left me with little i...more
أعجبني الأسلوب، بأن الراوي كان يتحدث عن حياة صديقته ومن ثم تكلم عن نفسه، أسلوب هاروكي ساحر، لا أعرف، أصبحت أقرأ له بدون ملل ولا كلل، ربما سلاسة السرد والحوار هو ما يجمل كتاباته
هناك تفاصيل جنسية كثيرة ليس لها من داعٍ، لا أعرف لماذا يقحمنا فيها >__<
أبطال هاروكي أيضاً، كالعادة، يحبون الق...more
Sumire, a young college drop-out with dreams of being a Japanese Kerouac meets Miu, a woman twice her age who she slowly begins to fall in lo...more
Flattering everything in its path, tossing things up in the air
Ripping them to shreds, crushing them to bits
A gentle silence descended on them, suggestive of the flow of time
The dark, lustrous eyes of the dog gazing out of the tiny window...
In the infinite loneliness of space, what could Laika possibly be looking at?
Sumire wrote some works that had a beginning. And some had an end
But never one that had both a beginning and an end
Uma bela história, personagens interessantes, sem dúvida, mas uma voz narrativa profundamente... desinteressante. As reflexões repetem-se sem acrescentarem nada de novo ao que já tinha sido dito, numa narrativa pejada de lugares comuns (pelo menos na tradução de Maria João Lourenço, não faço puto ideia como será o original) e uma insistência em descrever o inútil que me irritou. Sim, grande parte do texto é inútil: não tem "literatura sufi...more
Confesso que foi uma agradável surpresa. O autor tem, pelo que me foi permit...more
“And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lump...more
And it's a very mood driven book. There's a haunting, elegiac atmosphere permeating everything. Murakami's mysteries usually feel like a Lynchian nightmare, unspooling in every direction at once, while this was...more
Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often disting...more