August - World Book #8 - South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

For August, we'll be taking a quick jaunt away from the Americas and back to Asia, with a novel from the very prolific modern Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami.


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.

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  • Jane

    Not a favorite read, but interesting discussions.

    August 7, 2013

  • Patrizia M.

    I'm sorry but I can't make it tonight. I added my name to the Wednesday waiting list, tho.
    Hope to see you then! -Pattie

    August 5, 2013

  • Ana D.

    Hi Deepa, I am already in this meetup but I would like to move to Aug. 7 meetup, how can I do that? Please reply. Ana

    July 29, 2013

    • Ana D.

      Hi Rosemary

      July 29, 2013

    • Ana D.

      Hi Rosemary, Thank u for ur reply. I signed up for this meeting long time back. I would like to be included in the Wednesday group instead of the waiting list. It would be very disappointing if there are no cancellations since I have already prepared for this meet. I want to be assured of a spot before i change my RSVP. Hope you understand. Regards, Ana

      July 29, 2013

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    A former member

    I see there is a waiting list for this event..please let me know how I can get involved.

    July 28, 2013

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