Narrated By: Eric Loren
Duration: 6 hours and 34 minutes
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Growing up in the suburbs in post-war 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 thirties. 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.
© Haruki Murakami 1999 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
Modern and contemporary fiction, Fiction in translation
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A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful...it is startlingly different: a true original
This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths
This book aches...an eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire
Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem
Impressively written and structured... Above all, the novel is memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love