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August 2nd Date- World Book #8 -South of the Border, West of the Sun by 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.

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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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Pattie: I couldn't agree with you more about the male/female characters but as you said it is fiction and made for a very animated discussion!! It also made me think how we always start the meeting talking about if we liked or disliked The book. I don't think it matters much, unless of course, the book is torturous to read. What matters is if the book is discussable(?). I don't know if I'll like the next book, but I know I'll love talking about it with the group! Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!!

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this book made for a very passionate discussion!

    August 8, 2013

  • Patrizia M.

    At the start of the meeting, I didn't like the book very much. I felt that the author was emotionally portraying the main male character as he perceives women would want him to be rather than how men are in reality. In turn, he portrayed the women as ideal in a male mind- not as they are in life- but...this is fiction. There were also a lot of loose ends which left me unsatisfied. But, after a lively discussion at the meeting, I was able to appreciate the ambiguity and all the possible scenarios.

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Alan B.

      You guys are killing me. So much to talk about. I would have really liked to hear your perspective. Maybe next time...

      1 · August 8, 2013

  • Michelle

    Great discussion tonight! Can't wait for next month!

    August 7, 2013

  • Alan B.

    Sorry to have to miss this. I was looking forward to the discussion.

    August 7, 2013

  • Alan B.

    I am afraid I will have to miss this one. It's too bad, I really loved the book in so many ways.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got a message saying venue has changed but isn't that where we usually meet(Fridays at Princeton market fair)?

    August 3, 2013

    • Deepa Z.

      Yes - for some reason the meetup was listed without a location so I just added one. Sadly none of the local Japanese places could commit to such a big group.

      August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just checking no problem. Thanks for the quick response! Looking forward to it!

      August 3, 2013

  • Alan B.

    Pleasure to join you again.

    July 11, 2013

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