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Sputnik Sweetheart

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  69,484 Ratings  ·  3,842 Reviews
Alternate cover edition here.

Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Vintage (first published April 20th 1999)
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Nikolaos Kantanas It's worth reading. It really doesn't get very interesting until the last third of the book. The the wordplay of Murakami and the ideas he expresses…moreIt's worth reading. It really doesn't get very interesting until the last third of the book. The the wordplay of Murakami and the ideas he expresses make the book worth reading through to the end. Also there is an interesting ending.(less)
Resaira No, there is no animal abuse in this novel. There is an analogy used, which concerns the death of dogs, which is mentioned a few times. It isn't…moreNo, there is no animal abuse in this novel. There is an analogy used, which concerns the death of dogs, which is mentioned a few times. It isn't graphic, but that is all I can think of. There is elements of bad treatment of people, not sure if that is what you mean as well. :) (less)

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Dasha H
Nov 09, 2009 Dasha H rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Murakami virgins
Shelves: 2009

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

"Reality was one step out of line, a cardigan with the buttons done up wrong."

I have come to realise that reading a Murakami book is not quite an act of reading itself but an act of dreaming with your eyes open. What you see is a series of surreal images barely held together by threads of reason. What matters however, is the feeling these images leave you with; an aftertaste that lingers and intensifies even as the world within these pages turns stranger and more disconcerting; until what you
Seth T.
Mar 16, 2009 Seth T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Murakami's special brand of genius.
After the excellent Kafka on the Shore and the perhaps much better Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I've been on something of a Murakami kick. I find his storytelling fascinating, both in device and in style. His use of the extraordinary-as-mundane is a tasty joy for me to indulge. Sputnik Sweetheart, while not as wonderful an experience as the two aforementioned works, was quite a bit of quick fun.

Thematically not dissimilar from Wind-up Bird, this short novel revels in questions of identity, conscious
May 09, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why does Haruki Murakami hit the spot so well for me, and for thousands of other readers worldwide? There's a common element in all his works; it's a bridge of fantasy and reality that has just the right delicate balance. There's something about that balance that's so mesmerizing. You can connect with it on a level that you can’t in pure fantasy, and there’s enough of a disconnect from solid reality to leave you in wonder. Of all the other writers that have been categorized as magical realism th ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 14, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ranee
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-non-core
This is my 2nd novel by Haruki Murakami and just like Kafka in the Shore, this still amazed me. I even enjoyed this more than Kafka.

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
❁ بــدريــه ❁
على ما يبدو لا أستطيع أن أقرأ عمل
لهاروكي موراكامي دون مقارنته برائعته كافكا على شاطئ
لوهلة أعتقد أن كافكا هي تجميع لكل أعماله
لذلك من يبدأ بكافكا كأول عمل سيدرك أن باقي
أعماله هي مجرد أجزاء
من وجهة نظري

" المهم ليس الأشياء الكبيرة التي فكر بها الأخرون
بل الأشياء الصغيرة التي فكرت بها أنت "

أبطالنا هذه مرة سوماير وهي بمعنى البنفسج
باليابانية تلتقى بفتاة اخرى بالصدفة
وهي ميو وتكون بينهم صداقة ولكن يطفو
على سوماير مشاعر مثلية تجاه صديقتها
و هذا الامر الذى أتعبها كثيرا !

تتوطد علاقة الصديقتان أكثر عند
Dec 10, 2016 Vessey rated it really liked it


She said: I really wanted to see you. When I couldn’t see you any more, I realized that. It was as clear as if the planets all of a sudden lined up in a row for me. I really need you. You’re a part of me; I’m a part of you.

He thought: We’re both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.

I might be doing a disservice to Haruki Murakami with my attitude, but the desperate romantic in me, romantic
Brendon Schrodinger
Jan 12, 2016 Brendon Schrodinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, japan
I sat down to read ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ the night David Bowie died.
It was a humid,still antipodean January night where you knew sleep would not come easily. My partner, less accomodating of the heat than I am, nevertheless went to bed around 11 leaving me to late night reading. Unusually for suburbia, the only sounds were the crickets chirping their mid-summer thrum, a white noise, innocuous and soothing. It was a sombre evening and so it, and I, felt Murakami-like. Lost.

‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ i
A Haruki Murkami book rejoices loneliness and the possibility of another world where our other halves linger and perhaps live happily. At least that’s what I would like to believe.

Laika, the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft ‘Sputnik 2’, died from overheating. She was the first animal and obviously the first dog to orbit the Earth. I often find myself wondering what she felt before she died. Are there windows in spacecrafts? If there were, I wonder if she looked outside just before her end and w
Dec 03, 2010 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laika is my dawg
Recommended to Mariel by: Be my 3am valentine
A moment in my life that has come back to haunt me during times of communication difficulty is when I told my grandmother that I hated to repeatedly shout out what I'd said for my mostly deaf grandfather because it made what I'd said sound stupid. Her response was that it was stupid all along, or something like that.
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
Kwesi 章英狮
Sep 10, 2016 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it really liked it
When I asked my friend if she had tried to read Murakami's works, and she said no and she let me borrowed her one and only copy and it was given to her by her couple friend. And I was in doubt accepting her offer, because (1) It was given to her as a birthday gift and she didn't read it yet, fresh in the box; (2) some of my friends in Goodreads always talks about Murakami and his works so I decided to look for a free copy and lastly, (3) my insecurity works when I saw the cover, look, a nude wom ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Tfitoby rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit, translation

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 busi
Feb 03, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”
― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart


A disappearing woman. Classical music. Cats. Dreams. Yup, I just finished another Murakami novel. I'm going to sleep and dream on this one tonight and write the review tomorrow. No really. I fully intend to write a real review, I'm just uncertain how I feel. Half of me wants to write a review, but the other half just wants to l
Franco  Santos

Buen libro de Murakami. Creo que es una historia que desafía el absurdo de una pregunta: ¿se puede perder lo que nunca se ha tenido? Una ilusión, un anhelo a veces puede ser todo lo que se tiene. Una mirada y la esperanza de algo más es a lo que uno se aferra. Y cuando eso desaparece, la esperanza se esfuma junto con la llama que mantenía caliente al corazón. Y ya no queda nada más que frío, vacío y soledad.
João Carlos
Oct 06, 2016 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2016

Ilustração de noINKling

“A resposta está nos sonhos. Em sonhar e voltar a sonhar. Penetrar no mundo dos sonhos, para de lá nunca mais sair. Passar o resto da vida a sonhar.” (Pág. 185)

O escritor japonês Haruki Murakami (n. 1949) – eterno candidato a receber o Prémio Nobel da Literatura - surge em 2016, como principal favorito numa casa de apostas com uma relação de 6/1 – publicou ”Sputnik, Meu Amor” em 2002.
”Sputnik, Meu Amor” tem três personagens principais – quase únicas neste romance:
1 - Sumi
May 09, 2013 Munif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

عبقري.. عبقري.. عبقري

اقرأ هذا النص معي أكثر من مرة.

"غادرت الفراش. أزحت الستارة الشاحبة جانبًا وفتحت النافذة. أخرجت رأسي عبرها ورفعت بصري إلى السماء. بالتأكيد كان هناك قمر ترابي اللون معلق في السماء. جيد. كلانا ينظر إلى القمر نفسه في العالم عينه. كلانا مرتبط بالواقع بالخيط نفسه. كل ما عليَّ فعله سحبه بهدوء صوبي.
فتحت أصابع يدي وحدقت في راحتَيَّ بحثًا عن آثار دم. لم أجد شيئاً. لا رائحة دم. ولا بقع ولا تجلّط. لابد أن الدم، وبطريقته الصامتة الخاصة، تسرب داخلهما".

هذا الرجل عبقري، تائه بين العوالم.. بل
Feb 06, 2016 Chris_P rated it liked it
Shelves: haruki-murakami
I know I may sound like a broken record but Murakami is the man! Don't let the 3 stars fool you. For a Murakami book, 3 stars means it's more than just good whereas for others it means mediocre to just good. I don't know why but he is the only writer that can be repetitive as hell and still create a riveting atmosphere in each of his stories not letting you care about the cliches.

Sputnik Sweetheart takes a glimpse into the deepest aspects of human psychology where the burdens of things such as
Apr 21, 2015 Ahmed rated it liked it
هى ابهرتنى فعلا وتكاد تفوق كافكا على الشاطئ(تكاد) يمكن تقليديتها مقارنة بكافكا هى اللى اعجبتنى كثير) البطله مبهره بالنسبه لى (مبهره فعلا) وفى مقاطع حسيت ان الكاتب بيتكلم عنى انا .
عامة رواية رائعه . اللغه (رغم الترجمه ) ظاهرة القوة والخفة والتمكن .
الحميميه فى الكتاب تجذبك وتركيزة الضوء على العلاقات الانسانيه المختلفه شدنى جدا.
تحس ان الكاتب بيتكلم عن اشخاص تعرفهم وبتقابلهم فى حياتك.
روايه انصح بها بشده وخاصة لمن يريد القراءه فى الادب الآسيوى واليابانى بصفه خاصه
mai ahmd
Jan 13, 2012 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
الرواية الرابعة التي أقرؤها لموراكامي بعد الغابة النيرويجية والحدود وكافكا على الشاطىء
وعلى الرغم من الإنتقادات الكثيرة التي سمعتها عن هذا الكاتب لكني مازلت أحب القراءة له
ويخيل لي أن من هذه الرواية كان الإنطلاقة لكتابة رواية كافكا على الشاطىء حيث لا تخلو من غرائبية وخاصة في فصولها الأخيرة والتي استحوذت على اهتمامي بشكل خاص
من هنا فيما يبدو ظهرت القطط وخاصة القط الأسود لا شك أن من قرأ كافكا يتذكره جيدا !
موراكامي كاتب يستخدم الجنس والتفاصيل الفجة لم يختلف الأمر في سبوتنيك
مازال يطعم بها رواياته
Aya Hamza
That's my first reading for Haruki Murakami, and won't be the last :)
I wished I could read it in Japanese, but my Japanese is still not that good!

Haruki Murakami's book seems different from other books I've read! It's a mixture of magical realism, love, books and music!

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“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”

What a tragic love story! Could it be considered a "love triangle"? Maybe!

So in this book,
Sherif Metwaly

إذا أردتَ أن تجرب إحساس الهلوسة التي تفصلك عن الواقع، وتسافر بك عبر الزمان والمكان إلى عالم خيالي، يخلو من الهم والحزن، ويمتلئ بالبهجة والسحر، أمامك وسيلتان: إما أن تتعاطي المخدرات، وإما أن تقرأ لموراكامي.

Feb 08, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for an introduction to the wonderful world of Murakami
Shelves: books-i-own
YET another Murakami book that is AMAAAZZIINGGG! I realised not long ago that I always refer to Haruki Murakami as my favourite author when I have actually only read a few of his books. I mean, they were great books but still. I decided to start reading more of his work to expand my love of him further and hopefully encounter something close to Norwegian Wood on the awesome-ness scale. This book did not disappoint.

I think the phenomenal thing about Murakami is how he manages to write about mund
Jul 18, 2012 christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an important announcement: Henceforth, when I refer to "my favorite writer" I will be talking about Haruki Murakami. He has been promoted, and no longer must defer to Mr. McInerney, Mr. Easton Ellis, Mr. Fitzgerald or Hemingway. Mr. Palahniuk, of course, plummeted with his 2008 sketch of the pornographic film industry "Snuff." This means that if two of these authors show up on the floor next to my bed, right of way goes to Murakami. This also means that if ever again in my life I am asked ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Zee rated it really liked it
'Sputnik Sweeheart' is a novel that works its way quietly through the mind, awakening the senses and forcing you to look at the world through a different window. Like many of Murakami's characters, we are introduced to a set of young adults, who have somehow made it through the first stages of their life, but seem to be lost as to where they go from there.

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
Hoda Elsayed
" الفانتازيا ، الموسيقى ، الكتب ، العلاقات الحميمة "
من المستحيل أن تقرأ رواية لموراكامى بدون أن تجد هذه العناصر مُجتَمعة معاً ، حتى و إن اختلفت القصص و الشخصيات و الحوارات .. تجد طابع الرواية العام مُوَحَد ، بأسلوب جذّاب !

قرائتى السادسة لموراكامى .. ومن كُتّابى المّفَضلين و ما زلت أنبهر به كل مرة

Allen Grace
Sometimes I feel so - I don't know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you're used to has been ripped away. Like there's no more gravity, and I'm left to drift in outer space with no idea where I'm going.

"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 per
Mar 11, 2015 Gearóid rated it it was amazing
Murakami never disappoints!

This was just a really lovely touching story of love and friendship.
Sumire is just such an intriguing character so unique and genuine.

This book is not as unusual as most Murikami books until about the last
Quarter when your in familiar Murikami land again.

Murikami just writes so brilliantly and this book is full of sentences
and paragraphs that will just stop you to think for a while and
absorb some pretty cool stuff.

Just luv it!!!!!
João Torcato
Sep 23, 2016 João Torcato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente, gostei. Gostei bastante! São 4 estrelas a querer muito fugir para as 5.
Quero falar do livro sem spoilers, mas também quero muito falar do final. E agora?
Agora, quando eu escrever "a partir daqui temos spoilers", ficam por vossa conta e risco.

Gosto quando os livros são relativamente pequenos (como é disso exemplo este, com 200 e picos) e não estão encharcados em personagens. Acho que é uma boa política não colocar 7 ou 8 personagens importantes em poucas páginas, ouviste Dostoiev
Nov 06, 2014 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota real: 4,5

Viram alguma vez alguém levar um tiro e não deitar sangue?

Este livro arrebatou-me de uma maneira que sinceramente não estava à espera. De todo.
A poesia que se esconde em trajes de prosa é verdadeiramente sublime - se assim não fosse, não chegaria a mim como chegou: quase como se fosse eu a viver a história, a senti-la na pele, no cabelo, pelo corpo todo. As dúvidas e conversas existenciais entre Sumire e o narrador, K., eram (ou tornaram-se?) minhas.
Também eu me rasguei por dent
مصطفي سليمان
رواية غريبة لو حد شاف انسبشين هيفهم قصدي
رواية جوه رواية
اول عمل كامل اقراءه للكاتب الرائع
لاني مش بحب اقرأ وانا واخد اي انطباع
بالسلب او بالايجاب
علشان اقدر اكون فكرة خاصة بيا

بالنسبة للحكي
انا مش عارف الاسلوب دا اسمه ايه
بس انا بحبه
زي نوعا ما زي اسلوب احمد خالد توفيق
التشبيهات التركيبات

سهل بشدة تحسه حقيقي بشدة
متقلب ما بين الواقعية المفرطة والاحلام
والاحاسيس المختلطة

ثلات شخصيات اساسية
متداخلين ومتباعدين
مترابطين ومنفصلين
حب من طرف تالت!!! لو جاز التعبير
كل طرف بيبص من وجهة نظره اللي مش ثابته
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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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