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The narrator, a teacher, is in love with the beguiling, odd Sumire. As his best friend, she is not adverse to phoning at three or four in the morning to ask a pointless question or share a strange thought. Sumire, though, is in love with a beautiful, older woman, Miu, who does not, can not, return her affections. Longing for Sumire, K (that is all we are told by way of a name) finds some comfort in a purely sexual relationship with the mother of one of his pupils. But the consolation is slight. K is unhappy. Miu and Sumire, now working together, take a business trip to a Greek Island. Something happens, he is not told what, and so K travels to Greece to see what help he can offer.
Themes of love, loss, sexuality, identity and selfhood are all interrogated, woven into a compelling, romantic, serious and sometimes sad book. It is a disarmingly simple, hugely satisfying, intelligent and moving work and one of Murakami's best. Simplicity, sprinkled with a dose of his magic, has enabled Murakami to write candidly, succinctly and beautifully about the complications and difficulties of love and loving. --Mark Thwaite
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Wow, what a struggle to get through this book. I will not be picking up another Murakami. I usually love surrealist fiction, magical realism etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pete
Haruki Murakami's "Sputnik Sweetheart" (2001) is a novel with themes of rejection, frustration, and lack of self-knowledge. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Robin Friedman
Huruki Murakami is one of the best authors out today. If you haven't read anything by him then I suggest Norweigan Wood. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by John I. Provan
A weird and wonderful tale told by a narrator we later find who is known only as "K". His friend Sumire, meets an older woman, falls in love with her, then vanishes from... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003
I am still uncertain I grasped all the underlying meanings and intentions of Haruki Murakami in this poetic story but know that this was a unique read; one which requires time and... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Tsila Sofer Elguez
I am still uncertain I grasped all the underlying meanings and intentions of Haruki Murakami in this poetic story but know that this was a unique read; one which requires time and... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by tsila Sofer elguez
This is the story of a strange love triangle, wherein the main character disappears. There are some nice moments in the book, but it seems as if the writer was short on plot lines... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003