South Of The Border, West Of The Sun

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Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime--beginning in Japanese--has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing.

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The postwar years have brought him a fine marriiage, 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.

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Author Haruki Murakami / Philip Gabriel (translator)
Publisher Vintage Books
Page Count 213pp
Publication Size 5 x 7.75
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 1998
ISBN 978-0679767398

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