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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
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Apr 07, 2007

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A bleak and occasionally frustrating book, with moments of intense delight and insight. Murakami captures the yearning for all those paths the average person chooses not to take, without realizing it's even a choice at the time. The more I read of Murakami, the clearer it becomes that his characters' revelations (of power, integrity, true emotion, ambition, understanding ...) are tied to sex, which is by turns graphic and subtle, violent and disappointing. Sex holds the key to business success and buried psychology, and it almost always takes something away from the participants. I will read more Murakami, but I'm left with the skeptical feeling that sex might really just be all there is, and if I buy into his mentality, then the books take something from me. Fortunately, his bewitching prose and sorry-grateful take on the world give something back.

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