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Growing up in the suburbs in postwar Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. 

Now Hajime is in his 30s. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

©1999 Haruki Murakami (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 31-05-2021

A different murakami story

Enjoyable in its way, a love story but without a lot of other dimensions that usually accompany romantic themes from murakami. I struggled to really get into it a lot of the time save for a few passages and thought provoking elements. The character development and atmospherics in parts are what you have come to know from murakami but outside of this it felt a little flat.
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  • 21-03-2021

the narrator is it's only weakness

the narrator is too young to convey the sorrow in this book, but that is a small weakness in such great beauty

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