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Ten zuiden van de grens

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Hajime en zijn jeugdliefde Shimamoto groeien allebei op als enig kind. Na schooltijd luisteren ze samen naar muziek, houden elkaars hand vast en praten over de toekomst. Als Hajime met zijn familie naar een andere stad verhuist, verliezen ze elkaar uit het oog.

Jaren later komen ze elkaar echter weer tegen. Hajime is de succesvolle eigenaar van een nachtclub, echtgenoot en
Paperback, 236 pages
Published 2004 by Pandora (first published 1992)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Creo que lo hace (junto con muchos autores modernos) porque la vida no te presenta con sus conflictos todos resueltos, sin un hilo suelto, y todo…moreCreo que lo hace (junto con muchos autores modernos) porque la vida no te presenta con sus conflictos todos resueltos, sin un hilo suelto, y todo atado con un lazo bonito. La vida siempre sigue adelante; en cuanto que terminamos con una etapa, aquí está la siguiente (si es que no se superponen una a otra). Pocas personas reales son nitidamente definidas; el ser humano consciente de su vida está (y debe estar) en una condición de constante adaptación y cambio. Claro que existen personas que se limitan a respirar, comer, dormir y andar una linea recta de la cuna a la tumba, pasando por las etapas vitales una tras otra sin variación...pero no sería muy emocionante leer sobre ellos.(less)
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Kelly Jean Egan
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whatever Murakami book I am reading, I find myself stepping back into the same world as before, with all of the same characters and themes of wells and transience and strangely poignant details like gold lighters and classical music records and the myriad spaghetti dinners--the mundane details of everyday life spun into a dreamy tapestry. The fact that every Murakami book I read seems to feel the same is a good thing in this author's case. His tone is something quite distinct. Every time I read ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
A Companion Intervenes

I re-read “South of the Border” immediately after re-reading “Norwegian Wood”, as part of my training regime for Murakami’s “1Q84”.

Although they were written five years apart and were separated by “Dance Dance Dance”, they are good companion pieces.

They stand out from Murakami’s other novels because they explore love and its consequences almost exclusively.

Although some things and events go unexplained, there is little of the surrealism and absurdity that characterizes mos
Brendon Schrodinger
The other night a friend mentioned she is reading '1Q84' at the moment and it got me all nostalgic for a Murakami experience. So choosing one at random of the ever diminishing list of Murakami's I haven't read yet I chose 'South of the Border, West of the Sun'.

What do you get? Unsurprisingly a story that is Murakami. There is an every-man protagonist, mysterious lady from the past, jazz, university protests, people with deformities... I could go on or just use the Murakami Bingo:

Desipite being s
I never fail to be impressed by the way Murakami captures mood and feelings. Even in his less fantastic novels, of which this is one, he draws you into a world that is all his, and so full of possibilities and connections that you feel you could grasp them if you reached out. Except you don't, because in Murakami's universe it's easier to stay put and wait than to get actively involved. It's about memories and reminiscences, about wishes and alternate realities, and if you were to reach out and ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Kokkyo no minami, Taiyo no nishi = South of the border, west of the sun, Haruki Murakami
South of the Border, West of the Sun is a short novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Publication date: 1992. The novel tells the story of Hajime, starting from his childhood in a small town in Japan. Here he meets a girl, Shimamoto, who is also an only child and suffers from polio, which causes her to drag her leg as she walks. They spend most of their time together talking about their interests in life
Boysie Freeman (not my real name, it's just my Internet name)
At first I dislike this book but now I am confident to say that I hate it.

It's about this shallow and whiny man who wronged every women he put his hand on (probably because he is so deep, no one can understand him since he's the only child, yes, you gotta remember how painful it is for this Hajime guy to be the only child)... except his childhood sweetheart who is so deep that she never has a real personality but some random emo appeal which cannot make me care less. The author tried so hard bu
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ربما يقول شخص غريب إننا نعيش حياة مثالية. صحيح أنني كنت متأكدا من ذلك في وقت ما. كنت متحمسا لعملي و أكسب كثيرا من المال. أملك شقة بأربع غرف نوم في أوياما و كوخا صغيرا في هاكوني. عربة بي أم دبليو و أخرى جيب شيروكي. عائلتي سعيدة. أحب زوجتي و ابنتيّ. ماذا يمكن للمرء طلب أكثر من ذلك؟ لم يكن بإمكاني تصور حياة أفضل.

كان يعيش حياة هانئة قبل أن يقابل حبه القديم الذي انزوى في حنايا القلب و ظن أنه لم يوجد أبدا في يوم من الأيام

عرفت منذ قابلتكِ أن هناك شيئا مفقودا. السؤال المهم هو ما هو هذا الشيء المفقود؟ شي
Mutasim Billah
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
".....the sad truth is that certain types of things can’t go backward. Once they start going forward, no matter what you do, they can’t go back the way they were. If even one little thing goes awry, then that’s how it will stay forever."

South of the Border, West of the Sun is a short novel by Haruki Murakami. Here, we read the story of one Hajime's journey from childhood to middle age. The novel explores themes of post-war capitalism and culture in Japan in the 20th century, infidelity in rela
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Hajime, il protagonista e voce narrante, vuol dire “inizio”: è nato il 1 gennaio 1950.
O qualche giorno dopo.
È figlio unico, circondato da coetanei che appartengono tutti a famiglie numerose.


Anche Shimamoto è figlia unica, e i due si scelgono, crescono insieme, anime gemelle, in simbiosi emotiva e sentimentale. Hanno dodici anni.
Shimamoto ha una gamba offesa dalla poliomelite, ha un padre con una ricca collezione di dischi e i due bambini crescono ascoltandoli: in particolare quell
Eddie Watkins
This book is the literary equivalent of cloud paintings. I’m not talking John Constable’s clouds, which are dense with specificity from a keen and earthy eye; but rather New Agey cloud paintings, which are designed to be innocuous and calming, to not stimulate the eye, to induce a meditative state and readjust the spirit and turn one away from the tangible.

So South of the Border, West of the Sun is not all bad – it does satisfy all the above criteria for New Agey cloud paintings – and I have no
Jim Fonseca
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts out as a coming-of-age story of a young Japanese man. Like other Murakami novels we have cats, Western culture and music – both American pop and European classical music. To the cats we can add lame women because there are two in this story. Another major theme of this book is that the main character and several others are an “only child” and the characters discuss what this means. This makes a lot of sense in Japanese culture with its exceptionally low birth rate to the point ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with Haruki Murakami’s novels. I guess it might be the resonance of loneliness emanating from all his works. It might be the fusion of pop-culture and philosophical musings. It might be the mysterious atmosphere he creates. I can’t really pin it down. Most of his novels are deceptively similar in their tones and backgrounds but each one has a different center. Each novel shows a similar scene, but each one with a different focus.

South of the Border, West of the Sun is a meditation o
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't enjoy this book, but it did make me think about why, so at least it had that going for it.

I found Hajime an infinitely unlikeable character, but I couldn't put my finger on the details of why. He had no problem doing things that would hurt the women he claimed to "love", even as he said that there must be something wrong with him for doing so. I think of "that's just the way I am, nothing to be done" as the worst, laziest possible excuse for bad behavior toward others.

But it was
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدون قطط ناطقة ولا اسماك متساقطة من السماء، نجح موراكامي في إبهاري هذه المرة أيضا. أسلوبه الحساس والشغوف المغلف بالحنين يتسلل ويتغلل في الحنايا رغم أن البساطة هي اللغة المستخدمة.

تطرح الرواية تيمات متعددة، إن لم تجد إحداهن صدى في نفسك، فستفعل الأخرى ذلك. هل سبق وأن طرحت على نفسك اسئلة تتعلق بمدى سعادتك في الحياة؟ أن احترت فيما أن كنت ترغب أن تحيا بالطريقة التي تعيشها حاليا أم أنها رسمت لك دون تدخل منك؟ ألم تشعر يوما أن هناك نهرا من الحسرة يسري تحت القشرة الصلبة من الروتين اليومي والكفاح المضني.
Moushumi Ghosh
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked jazz music but I don’t think I qualify as a fan. But this book seems like a jazz symphony to me (I’m kind of clueless about jazz. Is there something like a “jazz symphony?”) It’s smooth, mysterious and leaves you thirsting for more.

I firmly believe that you don’t choose your books; the books choose you. Yeah, I’m one of them people who think that there is no such thing as a coincidence. So, this SOTBWFTS (short form) was a gift from a friend on my birthday.

Anyways, I jumped o
Ahmed Oraby
هاروكي موراكامي، هو تلك المنطقة الرمادية بين الواقع والخيال
Ivana Books Are Magic
They say that Murakami is one of those authors you either love or hate. I can actually understand how his style of writing might not be for everyone’s taste, but I happen to love him. His unique writing style always had a sort of hypnotic power over me. I feel enchanted when I read his novels, almost like I’m entering some magical world. Moreover, at times it is almost like I’m in the book myself, a silent observer, but nevertheless, a person very much present. Do you know that feeling you feel ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتب ابراهيم حاج عبدي..
"عنوان الرواية «جنوب الحدود، غرب الشمس» هو عبارة عن توليفة ابتدعها خيال الروائي، ليختزل، بهذه الاستعارة الذكية، مزاج بطل روايته، ومخاوفه ورغباته وآماله. «جنوب الحدود» هو عنوان أغنية لنات كينج كول، بينما «غرب الشمس» هو اسم لمرض هستيري يعاني منه الفلاحون في سيبيريا. «فلاح وحيد في تندرا سيبيريا. يحرث الأرض كل يوم ولا يرى شيئاً على مد البصر سوى الشمس والأفق الممتد بلا نهاية محيطاً به من الجهات الأربع. يلقي بمحراثه ذات يوم، ويبدأ بالسير نحو ارض تمتد غرب الشمس، من دون طعام أو شر
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dala bih joj pola boda manje, ali mi ljubav prema džezu ne dozvoljava. Pritom, ovo je prvo Murakamijevo delo koje sam pročitala, pa mu je zamišljen kraj oprošten. Atmosfera mi se dopala, nakon bure koju je u meni izazvala Tenesijeva drama, bila je baš ono što mi je trebalo.
Stil je, u nedostatku boljih reči, tih i živ. Robins' Nest je lokal u kom bih i sama rado popila koktel, pred vratima ostavljajući zvuke dobovanja kiše, prepustivši se svoj lepoti džeza.
At home, we have a private joke about the two Murakamis. One Haruki Murakami, my Murakami, would be the author of “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World”, “1Q84”, “A Wild Sheep Chase”. My boyfriend’s Murakami, the other one, is the one from “Norwegian Wood”, “Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki” or “Sputnik Sweetheart”. And by a rule of thumb, I love and admire my Murakami, and am indifferent at best (and hostile at worst) towards his.

This one is completely different, though. The protagonist, a
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was charmed by this sentimental novel of loss and regret over a childhood love of a boy for a girl when he was twelve. Hajime in his 30s finds his life empty and somehow inauthentic despite all the trappings of success with a healthy family and a business running a couple of jazz clubs. He grew up in post-war Japan quite lonely and alienated, part of it he attributes to his being an only child, a situation made worse by stigma he felt:

…I hated it whenever someone asked me how many brothers an
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haruki-murakami
After having read the bulk of his work, I've come to the conclusion that one has to have a general picture of Murakami's novels in order to understand each of his stories seperately. There are some recurring themes in all of them that at first I couldn't quite get. Now, it's become easier to interpret those symbolisms.

As much as I love his surrealistic tricks, I can't help but be equally dazzled by his more sensitive, romantic themes. This one belongs to the latter category, while it has been s
Χαρά Ζ.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greek review cause i feel like it.

Κοιτάχτε να δείτε τι παίχτηκε. Το βιβλίο έχει θέματα, τι θέματα δηλαδή, θεματάρες. Έχει μέσα κάτι γελοίους διαλόγους, έχει πράγματα απλά γιατί έτσι του ήρθε, δεν εξηγεί ποτέ, τα αφήνει όλα μετέωρα ρε παιδί μου. Επίσης, βρε καρμίρη Μουρακάμι, βρε άνθρωπε, γιατί τόσο σεξ βρε μανάρι μου;
Και σαν να μην έφτανε αυτό, αμ τι βασικός χαρακτήρας ειν τούτος; Έναν φίλο δεν έχει. Τον θέλουν όλες και γενικά πάντα τις πληγώνει. Σιγααα μωρεεεε βάστα, κάτσε λίγο βρε αγόρι μου.
Amr Mohamed
أشعر دوما كما لو أني أكافح لاصبح شخصا آخر .كما لو كنت أبحث عن مكان جديد، أتمسك بحياة جديدة وشخصية جديدة....أظن أن هذا جزء من عملية النضوج ومع ذلك هي محاولة لاعادة تكوين نفسي...إذا اصبحت شخصاً مختلفاً يمكنني تحرير نفسي من كل شئ....أعتقد جاداً أن بامكاني الهرب من نفسي إذا ما بذلت جهدا لكني اصل دوما الي طريق مسدود ، أينما ذهبت أبقي نفسي ، ما هو مفقود لا يتغير ابدا، قد يتغير المنظر، لكني ابقي علي حالي ..الشخص القديم غير الكامل

كعادة هاروكي يكتب قصة عادية لحياة طفل وحيد طفولته حتى الأربعين تستمع بقرأت
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Num dado momento do livro, depois de contar vários episódios da sua vida, o protagonista de 36 anos reflecte na sua situação presente. Tem uma família que ama, um negócio de sucesso, casa de férias, carro de gama alta, affaires insuspeitos de pouca dura... Sente-se bem e confortável. Até que uma mulher do seu passado reaparece e perturba a percepção do que era até aí uma realidade feliz.
Tendo lido uns quantos, considero este um romance menor, de transição. Todavia, possui os condimentos que qual
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Những bạn ngại nói về vấn đề sex thì không nên đọc cuốn này. Bác già y hệt thường lệ vẫn kể về sex theo cái cách vô cùng trần tục, như nó vốn dĩ.

Những bạn bị mắc bệnh căm ghét đờn ông thì cũng không nên đọc. Anh nhân vật chính nói chung không được đạo mạo theo chuẩn mực thông thường cho lắm. Nói thẳng ra là cũng buông thả, lăng nhăng và hay làm tổn thương phụ nữ, theo cách này hay cách khác :3

Những bạn suốt ngày than thở vì bị may mắn thờ ơ thì cũng không nên đọc mà hãy cố gắng chạy loăng quoăng
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life, with everyone, is always suspended between two possibilities ( What you want to do? And what you should do?), whenever you need to make a decision. The rest of the life moves according to the choice you make, which decides if you are going to have an *apparently-happy-looking* life or the one where your heart is satisfied with what you have and doesn't let you roam in the direction of what-ifs? The path of *what you want to do* is hard as a rock but the one I would always prefer. You can't ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hajime is a happily married man. He is also the father of two daughters and the owner of two Jazz Clubs. At some point during his 30’s Hajime finds himself leading a typical suburban life close-enough-but-not-too-close to down-town Tokyo.

Some people would say that Hajime is one of those lucky-few-guys, who can afford a rather easy-going lifestyle, while others would argue that this sort of life is quiet dull, actually. But then again, that's exactly
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, yearning, 2010-reads
Eh, this was Orange Crush trying to masquerade as champagne.

The book's linchpin is a lifelong unrequited or dashed youthful romance that obsesses the protagonists, Hajime (he) and Shimamoto (she), each -- unknowingly to the other -- holding a candle over a vast span of time. Unfortunately, Murakami is no Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and this glass of soda pop novel is no Love in the Time of Cholera.

I'm not a guy who requires plot, per se, but what plot there is here is perfunctory; Murakami makes thi
This novel (in an earlier translation Gefährliche Geliebte) gained a certain notoriety in Germany back in 2000 when it led to the acrimonious collapse of a long-running television institution, Das Literarische Quartett. It was, perhaps, inevitable. The programme was kept alive by its gladiatorial atmosphere. Four self-opinionated critics who come together to dispute the merits of a literary work, each trying hard to hold their corner and usually getting shouted down by the most self-opinionated ...more
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Murakami Haruki (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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“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star.
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
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