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 de ...more
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...more
"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 yo ...more
Sputnik Sweetheart ~~ Haruki Murakami
As I've stated previously, my friend, Srdjan, is obsessed with Murakami. Srdjan is so passionate about Murakami's writing that it is infectious. We've had many discussions about Murakami, and he kept prodding me to read one of Murakami's novels. He suggested Sputnik Sweetheart, or as I call it, Lust and Longing in Japan . So, I took up his challenge, & plunged into this, strange, magical, lyri ...more
About three-fourths of the way through the book the magical realism kicks in. We have a woman who has an experience where she sees herself “on the other side.” There is also a disappearing woman in a situation where it is impossible for her to disappear; a tiny Greek island -- no well to fall into; a tiny town only accessible by ferry; a drowned body would wash up.
The story is told from the points of view of two young people: a male teacher and a female would-be author. He lov ...more
I hope that Haruki Murakami is a forgiving sort of guy. I’d like to apologize for abandoning him several years ago. I had picked up Kafka on the Shore, set it aside, and just like that never came back to Murakami again. I d ...more
It was eerily similar to Christopher Priest's The Affirmation in themes and quite a few plot points. I can't help but think that Murakami is a fan of his. ...more
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 ...more
Thematically not dissimilar from Wind-up Bird, this short novel revels in questions of identity, conscious ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This time, as I read this book, I dwelled on the topic of lost things.
"I closed my eyes and tried to bring to mind as many beautiful lost things as I could. Drawing them closer, holding on to them. Kn ...more
But I thought the second part was really ridiculous.
Murakami's writing is different in the sense that this one is a little mainstream compared to his other novels. Nevertheless this book is so charming. The characters are so realistic and character development is so damn amazing.
It's the writing. Yes, his writing. It seems really simple but I have not come across many authors who wo ...more
However, halfway through the novel I encountered what was to become one of my favourite literary scenes (it contains a ferris wheel), and from ...more
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 ...more
― 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 ...more
What we have here, at least in the beginning of the book, is what New Order would likely describe as a bizarre love triangle. There is even a paragraph where the narrator takes the time to break down how messed up his situation is: he’s in love with a girl, but she’s in love with an older woman, the o ...more
A young girl who falls in love. A friend who is always there. A mysterious disappearance. And no clues left whatsoever.
Murakami's absurdist themes allow you to read a book with the eerie feeling of being a part of a dream sequence. Sputnik Sweetheart is a re ...more
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 psychol ...more
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 sophis ...more
Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer. Meanwhile Sumire's best friend K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.
Murakami is a ...more
The prose of this book is marked with a feverish, dreamily ethereal passion. As its poetry spills from the soul in an excitable, delighted aliveness, filling each word with a spellbinding potency that shimmers. It is about being forlornly lonely, untethered at sea, waiting to find a companion, which is what Sputnik translates to ...more
1) Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
2) Kafka on the Shore
Everything else is a distillation of the themes in these two superior experimental novels. Don't let this be your first foray into Murakami. He is usually pretty good: just not ...more
Lost in the immense metropolis of Tokyo, three people desperately seek each other trying to break the eternal circular journey of loneliness; a trip similar to that of the Russian satellite Sputnik, where the dog Laika revolved around the Earth and directed her astonished gaze towards infinite space. The narrator, a young primary school teacher, is in love with Sumire, whom he met at the university. But Sumire has only one obsession: to be a novelist. She ...more
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!
“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 i ...more
I think the phenomenal thing about Murakami is how he manages to write about mund ...more
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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 ...more