South of the Border, West of the Sun
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life--with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment--becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime--beginning in Japanese--has arrived... show more
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life--with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment--becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime--beginning in Japanese--has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart. When Shimamoto shows up one rainy night, now a breathtaking beauty with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime's quotidian existence begin to give way. And the details of stolen moments past and present--a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed against a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea--threaten to undo him completely. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling fiction.
Publish date: March 14th 2000
Pages no: 213
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Magical Realism
, Japanese Literature
Hajime is a self made man. He owns two piano jazz bars has an adoring wife and two wonderful children. But Hajime has a problem he cannot get the image of his close childhood friend Shimamoto from his mind. One day many years later a beautiful elegant lady sits drinking in one of his bars. As he clo...
இரண்டு குழந்தைகளுக்கு தகப்பனான ஹஜிமேவுக்கு தன் இளவயதில் நிராசையாகிப் போன கனவு மத்திமவயதில் நிறைவேறும் வாய்ப்பு கிடைக்கிறது. அழகான மனைவி, அமைதியான குடும்பம், வளமையான வாழ்க்கை என எல்லாம் இருந்தும் அந்த நிராசையே அவனது வாழ்க்கையில் விவரிக்க முடியாத ஒரு வெற்றிடத்தை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது. அமைதியின்மைக்கும் தே...
Having read three Murakami works, I thought he was easily distinguishable from all other authors, however, his books were hard to tell apart. They all deal with pretty much the same topics and have similar sets of characters (cats included!).South of the Border, West of the Sun is no exception. It h...
This work deals with Hajime who again is a character who is somehow on the fringes of the mainstream or doesn't necessarily feel at home with mainstream society. To say that he is a happily married man is not accurate. He's a contently married man until his childhood friend and first love, Shimamo...