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Want to Read saving…. See all 8 questions about Sputnik Sweetheart…. Who could it be at this time of night? No, lucky isn’t the right word. The event is as follows: So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. It struck me as terribly wretched, dirty, small-minded.

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But I choose not to. I took the key and held it in my palm and could feel the weight of the countless people that had seeped into it.

Without warning, K receives a phone call from Sumire, who tells him that she is in the same phone booth near her apartment that she had always called him from. She quits smoking, she quits writing, she learns Italian, acquires a much better wardrobe, and the two women travel to Italy together.

We can know people, yet not know them. Syros Island photo from fanpop. If there were a photograph of Sumire taken at that time, I know it would be a valuable record of how special certain people are. Attempting to explain Sumire’s androgynous idiosyncrasies, K says he “doubts slutnik even knew bras come in different sizes”.

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Jan 23, Vessey rated it really liked it Shelves: Murakami’s absurdist themes allow you to read a book with the eerie feeling swestheart being a part of a hqruki sequence.


Sumira was named after a character in a Mozart song, a beautiful song with what Samira felt were ugly lyrics. Retrieved from ” https: K is in love with his best friend Sumire. Under K’s watchful gaze, Sumire begins to blossom into a different, more confident woman.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

All three are tortured by their own lives and despite the plot involving Sumire’s abrupt disappearance off a secluded Greek island a la L’Avventurathe story is less about the disappearance and K’s subsequent investigation, and more a discussion of who people are and what is it that both separates and binds humanity from and to itself. View all 15 comments. His beautiful, manly nose swelled suggestively under the mask, making his female patients blush. All we can do is create interpretations of the novel that partition some stories as symbols and some as signs.

They are impermeable, good at providing information, but much less interpretable.

After all, her father had chosen the woman. Fosse qual fosse o destino que a vida lhe reservava, tudo o que queria era ser romancista. She found the college totally out of touch, a lukewarm, dispirited place, and she loathed it – and found her fellow students which would include me, I’m afraid hopelessly dull, second-rate specimens. He drops everything and goes. You mean the first satellite the Soviets sent up, in the 50s?

View all 7 comments. I don’t know sweettheart but he is the only writer that can be repetitive as hell and still create a riveting atmosphere in each of his stories not letting you care about the cliches.

But that was only for the briefest moment. She scrutinised me for a while, like I was some machine run by a heretofore unheard-of power source. Miu asks him to come to Greece because something has happened to Sumire. When the orbits of these two harukki of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. She detested having her photograph taken – no desire to leave behind for posterity a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Wo Man.


Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

It was a sombre evening and so it, and I, felt Murakami-like. Sumire used to pull out the photo album sweethearh gaze at the pictures.

When Sumire gives up smoking, she loses her grip on things, “like some animal that’s had its furry tail sliced off”. In one book, a woman, trapped at night atop a Ferris wheel sees herself have sex with a man in her apartment.

I used to like him quite a lot, but come on, doesn’t he get tired of jurakami the same book over and over again? Staying sputnuk any longer, she concluded, was a waste of time. Was the Earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? Almost magically, they take on the complexity and uncertainty of real life.

It was very good, and very weird. This book did not disappoint. This story is just so beautifully written and it’s very short. The first time Sumire met Miu, she talked to her about Jack Kerouac’s novels.