Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately. Sputnik Sweetheart. Haruki Murakami, Author, Philip Gabriel, Translator Alfred A. Knopf $23 (p) ISBN Julie Myerson salutes the indefinable magic of Haruki Murakami’s new novel Sputnik Sweetheart.
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In the background, the three characters function as satellites in different orbits, which can sometimes meet at one point. In Sputnik 2, there was a dog Laika that becaume the first living being to leave the earth’s atmosphere, but the satellites were never recovered. Attempting to explain Sumire’s androgynous idiosyncrasies, K says he “doubts she even knew bras come in different sizes”. There’s something about that balance that’s so mesmerizing.
Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Flustered for a moment, I ended up dropping the key into the river. Although the island is small, has a tight knit community, and is impossible to leave without being noticed by the ferryman, Sumire is never found.
In the next instant we’d be in absolute solitude. View all 14 comments. He is considerably less given to or adept at wisecracks, maintains a respectable and stable profession as a schoolteacher, and is less self-confident and much more introverted and conflicted than any other Murakami protagonist.
Like sputniks orbiting each other but never getting closer. All three are tortured by their own lives and despite the plot involving Sumire’s abrupt disappearance off a secluded Greek island a la L’Avventurathe story is less about the disappearance and K’s subsequent investigation, and more a discussion of who people are and what is it that both separates and binds humanity from and to itself. 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 you associate with the book is not the story or the characters, but simply, that feeling.
There are some comparisons I made to Love in the Time of Cholera in terms of the relationship the characters have but only slightly.
They have lost their ignorance, which at the beginning of a Murakami novel is indeed portrayed as bliss. Carrot doesn’t say anything the whole time. I was attracted to her from the first time we talked, and soon there was haguki turning back.
The man has a story to tell, and his job is to tell it as clearly as possible. Anyway, the author goes out, as if he were the arbiter of one of those rare football games where everything went so well that no one remembers who was mediating the show.
K sends the mother home and takes Carrot to a coffee shop. Will I write this book review again?
Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? How to begin to describe what it is or does?
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His prose seems at first glance attractively lively, readable – comic, even. Miu is in love with nobody, having lost her capacity to love due to a traumatic event over a decade ago. She quits smoking, she quits writing, she learns Italian, acquires a much better wardrobe, and sweehheart two women travel to Italy together. Sputnik Sweetheart is a powerful book and is my first experience of this author and really I can’t wait to read his next book. I’ll admit it; I don’t really know what Sputnik Sweetheart is about.
Laika is my dawg. The salesman asked me if I owned the murakammi and I said yes. I believe Murakami would say yes. It smacked of “No one loves ME” resentment, which kinda sucked hearing from the guy you were with.
Speaking of Cohen, my ex hated him because he sang about being alone and yet always had lots of nurakami. Wasn’t he a Sputnik?
Sputnik Sweetheart is a novel of what could have been, what might have been, where worlds overlap, and love can never quite be divorced from lust. Tv shows need to be more original. Only three characters inhabit the landscape in this book. Let me show you the pattern. And I was in doubt accepting her offer, because 1 It was given to her as a birthday gift and she didn’t read it yet, fresh in the box; 2 some of my friends in Goodreads always talks about Murakami and his works so I decided to look for a free copy and lastly, 3 my insecurity works when I saw the cover, look, a nude woman!
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Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Early in Sputnik Sweetheartthe narrator and Sumire are discussing how to write a novel. It was eerily similar to Christopher Priest’s The Affirmation in themes and quite a few plot points. By leaving us in doubt as to which is which, Murakami makes his books that much more interpretable.
Thematically not dissimilar from Wind-up Birdthis short novel revels in questions of identity, conscious After the excellent Kafka on the Shore and the perhaps much better Wind-Up Bird ChronicleI’ve been on something of a Murakami kick. Her dream is to become a novelist, she loves reading novels and tries her best to write about her life in better way, but she stops writing when she starts working with “Miu”, she sweethert feelings for “Miu” from the first time she met her at Sumire’s cousin wedding.
It was a harkui evocative novel, beautiful, touching, real. I am not really fond of love stories this just ha This is my 2nd novel by Haruki Murakami and just like Kafka in the Shorethis still amazed me.
For instance, the woman in the Ferris wheel is forever mentally scarred by seeing her double, and her hair turns white that night. Views Read Edit View history.
Dreaming on and on. What’s the point of it all? But go in further, relax and slide beneath that prose, and the result is like peeking over the sweetbeart of a precipice: Retrieved from ” https: In Sumire’s absence, however, he feels he has lost the only precious thing in his life.