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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 28, 08

Read in December, 2008

I'm not sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I couldn't put it down and read it almost nonstop until it was done. I was completely caught up by the story of Hajime and Shimamoto and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The down side, is that there's basically no resolution. I didn't like the ending- the book kind of just stops. We never learn Shimamoto's story at all. Add to that some of the other complaints about unlikeable characters, esp. Hajime who treats women with a certain lack of regard. So I'm on the fence, about the book and the author.
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Laila I read this a LOOOOOONG time ago but I think I loved it.


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Jody I haven't read this one yet but I'll have to give it a go. My favorite so far has been Kafka on the Shore.


Emily I got so sick of Shimamoto's whole mystery woman schtick. It felt so played out, and I just wanted her to get over it and tell us the truth about everything.


Rob M. Fierstein Thinking of it as a ghoststory, which it is; its just not spelled out in such a definitive way, at first . . . but, if you were to re-read it with all of the imagery of death and cemetaries, even the view from Hajime's home is of a cemetary, and Izumi at close to the end meeting Hajime, where else, a cemetary, and S seems more and more an inhabitant of the underworld . . . makes this a jarring and visceral read.


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