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Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing
Read from February 14 to 21, 2011

Every time I read Haruki Murakami, I find myself saying the same thing: "Gawd, I love reading Haruki Murakami!" This book was no exception, in fact, if it were anything, it would better be described as a reminder of just how much I do love Murakami's work. Yes, it helps that he name-checks Kerouac in the first ten pages, but either way, this was one of the more enjoyable experiences I had reading one of his books. The story was fascinating, the suspense was strong, and the characters wonderfully realized. I also feel like he kind of stretched out from some of his regular conventions, while remaining solid in what makes his books distinctly his. There is so much more I could say about the book, but I don't want to run the risk of dropping any spoilers, so I'll leave it at this: Haruki Murakami is one of the modern masters of language (and of course as an American you have to give a world of props to his translator), and this book, to my eyes, is one of his very best. If there was a way for me to give a stronger recommendation, I don't really know how I'd do it.
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