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South of the Border, West of the Sun - A Novel-logo

South of the Border, West of the Sun - A Novel

Haruki Murakami

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime-beginning in Japanese-has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, 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. In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life-with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment-becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. 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. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime-beginning in Japanese-has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, 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. In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life-with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment-becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. 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. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling work. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime-beginning in Japanese-has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, 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. In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life-with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment-becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work. 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. Rich, mysterious, quietly dazzling, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami's wisest and most compelling work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eric Loren

Length:

6h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:32