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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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In this compact volume, Murakami has once again concocted a literary Möbius strip of life, longing, and shifting realities. If you've been afraid to read Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart is a perfect introduction for those new to this highly addictive writer.
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Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments-until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, “K” is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.

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"Like a Zen koan, Murakami's tale of the search for human connection asks only questions, offers no answers and must be meditated upon to provide meaning." Publishers Weekly

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"Dreamlike and compelling....Murakami is a genius." Chicago Tribune

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"Grabs you from the opening lines....[Murakami's] never written anything more openly emotional." Los Angeles Magazine

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"Murakami is a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks." The Washington Post Book World

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“Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing.” BookPage

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“Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.” The New Yorker

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives in Tokyo. He is the author of several novels, including Norwegian Wood, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and A Wild Sheep Chase, and of Underground, a new work of nonfiction. Murakami's work has been translated into sixteen languages.

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elle89, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by elle89)
This was most definitely the best book I read in 2012. I agree with the previous comments that it shows a side of Murakami that one doesn't get to see in his longer books, like the Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Since it does lean toward the more realistic side of magic realism, the brief moments of magic feel all the more tangible and eerie. While reading the book, and even after I finished it, I spent my days in a foggy stupor as the lines between dream and reality blurred even in my own life. I would recommend Sputnik Sweetheart as a starting place for someone who wants to get into Murakami's work! And also as just a really really really great book in general.
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elle89, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by elle89)
This was most definitely the best book I read in 2012. I agree with the previous comments that it shows a side of Murakami that one doesn't get to see in his longer books, like the Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Since it does lean toward the more realistic side of magic realism, the brief moments of magic feel all the more tangible and eerie. While reading the book, and even after I finished it, I spent my days in a foggy stupor as the lines between dream and reality blurred even in my own life. I would recommend Sputnik Sweetheart as a starting place for someone who wants to get into Murakami's work! And also as just a really really really great book in general.
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monica moniker, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by monica moniker)
This is a beautiful slice of Murakami. It is shorter than some of his other books, but a perfectly mysterious bit of magical realism. Even though there are some fantastical elements, the tale lends itself more to the real side of things. It was refreshing to have some interesting female characters in a Murakami novel outnumber the male ones. This was a timely book for me to read, and I very much enjoyed it.
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ISBN:
9780375726057
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
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Teachers
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Japan
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Women novelists
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Missing persons
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Businesswomen
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Unrequited love.
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FICTION / Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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Vintage International
Series Volume:
77
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.59 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books - English 9780375726057 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In this compact volume, Murakami has once again concocted a literary Möbius strip of life, longing, and shifting realities. If you've been afraid to read Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart is a perfect introduction for those new to this highly addictive writer.

"Review" by , "Like a Zen koan, Murakami's tale of the search for human connection asks only questions, offers no answers and must be meditated upon to provide meaning."
"Review" by , "Dreamlike and compelling....Murakami is a genius."
"Review" by , "Grabs you from the opening lines....[Murakami's] never written anything more openly emotional."
"Review" by , "Murakami is a world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks."
"Review" by , “Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing.”
"Review" by , “Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives.”
"Review" by , “Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.”
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