Book Review – First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular is a new collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami. In typical Murakami fashion, all of the stories are told in first person by narrators that are never given names. Also in typical Murakami fashion, most of what is written here blurs the line between reality and fiction.

Book Review – South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun is one of the most famous works from the acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It is the shortest book that I have read from Murakami, at just over 200 pages. South of the Border tells the story of a man named Hajime. Murakami tracks Hajime's life from a childhood love through adolescence and then through middle-age, which finds him married with two children. At the heart of the book is Hajime's struggle with never having lost the obsession of his childhood sweetheart, Shimamoto, and the threat this obsession poses to his domestic life when circumstances find her re-enter his life.

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