Friday, August 17, 2012

Book: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

“We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. Like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once that flame goes out, it’s gone forever.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

A few months back I read my first Murakami novel What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jul/26/sportandleisure). It was a thoroughy enjoyable read. When I came across this other work Sputnik Sweetheart recently I had no hesitation in giving it a try.

Murakami did not disappoint. There is a certain charm that is unique to his style. The books read like a long monologue at once simple and profound. He is a master in the use of everyday metaphors to elucidate his points of view. The language is so clear and unpretentious that one easily falls in step with the pace of this writer who incidentally is a serious long-distance runner.

Sputnik Sweetheart is the poignant story of a woman in her twenties, Sumire, who falls in love with another woman seventeen years her senior. There is also K, the narrator, who is Sumire's best friend and he is a primary school teacher. In the hands of an accomplished writer the story becomes a mere vehicle to explore the human psyche. Murakami has a deft touch and succeeds in creating a mood that is sad and touching.

There are several interesting quotes from the novel that have been compiled at the following location-
http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1813695-sp-toniku-no-koibito

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