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Sputnik Sweetheart
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.A college student, identified only as K, falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitmentsuntil she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, K is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.
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GatheringBooks
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cariashley
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I liked this classic Murakami, although the more of his books I read, the harder it is to ignore the terrible way he writes women. Plus the storylines all start to blend together... even still, I keep visiting his backlist.

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cariashley
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Haven‘t done one of these in forever! Here goes...

1. Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami and Maid, Stephanie Land (liking both)
2. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe (so good)
3. Independent People, Halldór Laxness (feels like a January read)

#weekendreads

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Bertha_Mason

"Every time I read [the letters], I felt like Sumire and I were together again, our hearts one. This warmed my heart more than anything else could. Like you‘re riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an instant it‘s sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But if you close your eyes, that point of light stays with you, just barely, for a few moments."

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Bertha_Mason

"In the sky above the summit, the coarse-looking moon loomed awfully near. A hard ball of stone, its skin eaten away by the merciless passage of time. Ominous shadows on its surface were blind cancer cells stretching out feelers toward the warmth of life."

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Bertha_Mason

"I woke in an unpleasant sweat, my shirt plastered to my chest. My body was listless, my legs swollen. I felt as if I‘d swallowed an overcast sky whole."

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Bertha_Mason

"Imagine _The Greatest Hits of Bobby Darin_
minus "Mack the Knife." That‘s what my life would be like without you."

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Bertha_Mason

"When I got home I was as exhausted as an old railroad tie."

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Bertha_Mason

"When this pitiful moon is hanging there in a corner of the eastern sky like a used-up kidney."
Today in odd similes.

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Bertha_Mason

"Staying there any longer, she concluded, was a waste of time. I think it was the right move, but if I can be allowed a mediocre generalization, don‘t pointless things have a place, too, in this far-from-perfect world? Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life, and it‘d lose even its imperfection."

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cathysaid
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Another great Murakami ❤️ With most authors that wander into the supernatural, I have a real problem with suspension of disbelief (which is why I don‘t enjoy Fantasy or Sci-Fi). But with Murakami, he blends all aspects of his novels so masterfully, it‘s difficult to place the story into just one genre. Recommended. #murakami

(Part of the novel is set in Greece. I have nothing from Greece, so here‘s a painting from a street artist in Peru.) 🤪

Cathythoughts Sounds good & partly set in Greece 👍🏻💙stacked 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

Tagging @hes7 if you‘ll like to share your 7 favourites. 🙂

Cinfhen This cover seems different then the other Murakami covers I‘m used to seeing. I like it. Although I‘ve still NEVER read a Murakami novel. 🙈 5mo
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Emilymdxn
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Mehso-so

One of my fave Murakamis. Often his relationships between men and women feel hollow but this had some lovely quite universal exploration of longing and emotion and wasn‘t just horny men focusing on their erections instead of the dreamy magic realism I want from murakami. Better than I expected, but unfortunately still murakami so it gets a soso not a pick for having so many strange awkward sex scenes and descriptions of penises I had to skip.

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midhun.j.zacharia
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This book offers so much to think about and so many little bits that touched me so... I see it as less of a novel, though. Quite literally, as the book itself states, the author seems to have used fiction here as a means of transmission for an understanding of the human condition as he perceives it.

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Syl
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Just passable for a Murakami .
This book deals with realities and mirages ... Two sides of a coin , mirror images .. and everything double natured.
Plus it looks upon various hues of attraction - between friends , employer -employees , man -woman, woman-woman.
There are 3 lead characters -
Sumire, the mysterious 22 year old, the narrator , Sumire's friend and secret admirer , and Miu, the older lady whom Sumire is enamored of.

LettieHempstock This one was my first Murakami. It had seemed pretty much brilliant back then, as you would expect someone's first taste of Murakami to be. But looking back I see how it was barely up to his usual standard, not to mention the political incorrectness! 7mo
Syl Perhaps I too would have liked it better if it were one of my earlier Murakamis . But books like Norwegians wood, 1Q84, Wind up bird chronicles and Kafka on the shore have spoilt me. 😁 7mo
LettieHempstock I just realised that I haven't read a Murakami in nearly three years. 7mo
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GatheringBooks
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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#QuotsyJuly19 Day 3: #Destiny
This quote is depressing.

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erzascarletbookgasm
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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“..But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you. Who knows — maybe even tomorrow.”

#MayMovieMagic #tomorrowneverknows if love will come knocking on its door.

BarbaraBB Well played 💕 9mo
Cinfhen Fabulous 🏆 9mo
rohit-sawant Love this! 💜 9mo
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GatheringBooks
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#AnglophileApril Day 29: Iphigene‘s review: “I used to think this book was about a girl‘s unrequited love for a woman 17 yrs her senior, & a man‘s unrequited love for the said girl. [hence, #OwnerOfALonelyHeart] However, that is me being superficial, that‘s me missing the point. Sputnik Sweetheart is in reference to Sumire‘s nickname for Miu, the woman she loved. But that‘s not the heart of this book.” Review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-2CA

Cinfhen Ahhhh, I think I might need to try this book 10mo
Cinfhen I‘ve always been afraid of Murakami 10mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i always say that about his books that i own lying unread in my shelves 😭 but to no avail. i did read his strange library and enjoyed it. who knows? maybe we do reach a certain point in our lives when books have a massive turn around for us - reason why they are still there, patiently waiting for the perfect timing! mwahahhahaha 😂🧚🏼‍♀️😘😍📚💕 10mo
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Cinfhen I think age & maturity has a lot to do with certain books / authors 10mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen me too!! So many people rave about him but I have a bad feeling he‘s not for me. Was just taking about this yesterday with @vivastory and he suggested this book of short stories to dip my toe in the water!! Maybe a good idea for you too (edited) 10mo
Cinfhen I really dislike short stories @emilyhaldi I think that would be a recipe for disaster 😂🙄let me know your thoughts if you ever pick the book up 10mo
Mdargusch This author scares me too @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi and as for short stories... that‘s a maybe. 10mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi I think you all could dive into a chunkster. They are easy to read and after 50 pages you‘ll know if you like his style or not. And now that I am meddling with your business 😉I‘d suggest to pick up 10mo
Cinfhen I want to @BarbaraBB but I‘ve already convinced myself im going to hate his work 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Cinfhen I know @Mdargusch it makes no sense but I‘m not ready to tackle Murakami 10mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve always been curious about Murakami but I‘m in the same boat as @cinfhen 10mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB between you, @vivastory and Patti Smith, I think I'm ready to try Wind Up Bird!!! 10mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi This makes me really happy! I completely agree with @BarbaraBB give it 50 pages & see what you think. I resisted reading Murakami until just a couple of years ago. Now, he's one of my favorite living authors. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right time in your life to read a particular author. 10mo
Cinfhen Let us know @emilyhaldi 🤞🏼🤞🏼 10mo
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I brought a bunch of books on our vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and I only opened this one right before we left. Great time but exhausting! 😂 Hopefully I‘ll get some downtime this weekend. ☕️📚

Sills Does Gatlinburg have an Indie bookstore? 10mo
jillannjohn @Sills not that I could find. And I looked! 10mo
Sills Well shucks, I'm going there the first week of December. 10mo
jillannjohn @Sills Maybe in Pigeon Forge or Sieverville? We didn‘t have enough time to explore everything. It‘s so beautiful & we had a great time. Enjoy! 10mo
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cathysaid
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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#LMPBC #GroupT
Here are a few options I am considering. Two Murakami books I haven‘t yet read (*gasp*). But I know Murakami isn‘t for everyone... Also, Europa and NYRB are favorites. Any thoughts? (Tagging other three books in comments so you can easily read descriptions.)

Outside of #LMPBC, have any Littens read these and have input?

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ephemeralwaltz Tsukuru Tazaki is great!; 12mo
ephemeralwaltz Sputnick as well, but I didn't enjoy it that much. Very magical if you're into Murakami's more magical novels. 12mo
KarenUK I loved Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki too 💕 12mo
suvata ♥️ Murakami 12mo
EclecticBookLover I think the all sound interesting, but All For Nothing stands out for me. I've never read Murakami. ☺️ 12mo
EmilyM @cathysaid Both Murakami look excellent! 12mo
sprainedbrain Sorry for the delay... I finally had time to give them all a good look. 😃 Honestly, I‘d be happy with any, but Sputnik Sweetheart and All for Nothing are especially intriguing! 12mo
cathysaid @sprainedbrain @EmilyM @EclecticBookLover Going to go with All For Nothing. While I love Murakami, I‘m not sure either would be the best for those that have not yet read him. 12mo
EmilyM Sounds good! 12mo
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Eggs
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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MStew I wanna read this 😎 12mo
scowler1 It's all good. 12mo
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GatheringBooks
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#LiteraryLove Day 12: Iphigene‘s review: “Sputnik #Sweetheart is Sumire‘s story, but our narrator allows us to look into his own journey as well as that of Miu. Their lives are like echoes to Sumire‘s. Should they cross the door? Should they slit throats? Or should they remain as empty shells? No matter the decision, we continue to live in this world waiting like half-opened gates with or without blood from the dogs.” https://wp.me/pDlzr-2CA

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iporto
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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"This is where it all began, and where it all ended. Almost."

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hanseatic
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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So I managed to find the love story, it is beautiful, but it's also quite sad.
I love Murakamis storytelling in this book, his characters came to life so vividly, it felt as if I could touch them. The story definitely touched me.

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hanseatic
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I read this more than15 years ago and I loved it. Then I gave it to one of my friends for her birthday, telling her that I thought it was one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. She recently finished it and asked me where the beautiful love story that I promised her was and I couldn't tell her, because I just couldn't remember the plot. We'll see if I can find the love story again 15 years later.

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Lyanneee
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"Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”

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BooknerdsLife
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Happy Wednesday!🙌 Well, Thursday here in Australia so Happy Thursday to my fellow #AussieReaders 💛💛 It's such a beautiful day here, Summer Time approaching!!!
Here's my #HumpDayPost @MinDea 😊
1. I was out running errand so this is the closest thing that's blue...Our beautiful Blue Sky
2. Roughly 4- 5 hours sleep
3. Dark chocolate with nuts, hazel nuts or almonds
4. About once or twice a year
5. Totally recommend 👍
#booknerd #readinglife

MinDea Aaaahhhh. So jealous. It is straight up end of fall here in Seattle and the sun doesn't come out too much now. ☀️🌦️ 1y
BooknerdsLife @MinDea Haha no need to be jealous 😂 I've been waiting for this warmer weather a whole year now 🤣🤣🤣 Will send some Aussie sunshine your way 🙌💛 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Which part of Aus do you live in Eliza? 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz I live in Sydney 😄 How about you? Where in the US? 1y
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BooknerdsLife
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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"Sometimes I feel so- I don‘t know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you‘re used to has been ripped away. Like there‘s no more gravity, and I‘m left to drift in outer space with no idea where I‘m going‘
Like a little lost Sputnik?‘
I guess so."
By Haruki Murakami,Sputnik Sweetheart #currentread

Loving this book so far. Genius writing! #bookquote #quote #booknerd #bookaddict #lovebook #aussiereaders

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 1y
BooknerdsLife @RaimeyGallant Thank you 😘 Finished it last night and really love it! 1y
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BooknerdsLife
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Finished The Silkworm last night & today, I've started this one. Have always love Murakami since I was in college but have always read them in Chinese translation, this will be my first time reading this one, & so far I'm liking it. It's written beautifully, in a very typical #Murakami style.
#currentread #newbook #booknerd #lovebooks #bookaddict #HarukiMurakami #JapaneseNovel

Jee_HookedOnBookz I love his short stories too! 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz Me too! I used to binge read them but it's been a long time LOL 😅 This one is new to me and loving it! 1y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @BooknerdsLife gosh you're definitely my list and found bff!! Hahaha 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz O my gosh! Same!!! 😂😂👍💕 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @BooknerdsLife sorry typo *lost and found hehe 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz LOL thats what I thought too 🤣🤣 1y
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RedbagReadbooks
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3.5/5🎉. Not sure how to explain this book. Weird but strangely meditative.

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Saari84
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Ich ♥️ Murakami und ihr?
Welches ist euer Lieblingsbuch von ihm?
Mein Favorit wird wohl immer "Kafka am Strand" bleiben!
Habt einen gemütlichen Sonntag!
#reading #booksandtea #bookaholic #yellowbooks #bibliophile #ilovetoread #lesen #lesezeit #buch #buecherwurm #lesenmachtgluecklich

ju.ca.no Kafka am Strand ist toll😍 mein anderes Lieblingsbuch von ihm ist 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Unsettling, sometimes dream-like, with an ambiguous ending. What really happened?! I‘m ready for more Murakami!

#1001Books

JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking !!! This sounds intriguing! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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“Understanding is but the sum of our misunderstandings.”

🧐🤔🤯 My current read. #1001Books

Billypar Great quote! I haven't read this Murakami yet- hope it's a good one ☺️ 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar I‘m almost finished! Still feeling the 🤯. It‘s my first novel of his (recently read his short story collection — tagged) 2y
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MirrorMask
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vkois88 Beautiful illustrations 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 2y
overtheedge Love it! 2y
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MirrorMask
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overtheedge I really enjoyed this one!! 2y
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MirrorMask
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Sputnik Sweetheart is one of those great books that sticks with you afterwards. I'm not entirely sure I know what really happened to Mui, Sumire, and the narrator. There's a supernatural component, but that's only true if you believe the narrator's version. I don't know what to believe, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the ending. All I know is that I really enjoyed this book, and I'd love to discuss it with others.

#libby #mystery #lgbt

LeeRHarry I‘ve just finished and loved it too 😊 2y
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Mahsdad
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A quiet but powerful story of longing and desire, with a dash of Murakami narrative twists. I‘m not worthy to figure out the underlying metaphors. More eventually on LT

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Mahsdad
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Happy #fotofriday Folks. This is a favorite image of mine that I took several years ago at a local aquarium.

On the reading front, still in Sputnik. Should be done this weekend.

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Mahsdad
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“The more I think about it, the more I‘d like to take a rain check on the topic of me. What I‘d like to know more about is the objective reality of things outside myself. How important the world outside is to me, how I maintain a sense of equilibrium by coming to terms with it. That‘s how I‘d grasp a clearer sense of who I am.”

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Lexa.caran
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“The person here now isn‘t the real me. Fourteen years ago I became half the person I used to be.”

This passage hit me hard, as if it was a reflection of the situation of my current self. I‘m definitely not who I used to be.

swatreads Murakami is my favourite author 😍 I plan on reading his books as much as possible this year❤❤ 2y
Lexa.caran @swatreads he is my favorite as well! Hope you get to read all of his books!!! 😁 2y
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! So glad you‘re here! Just passing some info along that you may or may not already know @Litsy will be offline tomorrow from about 3 am to 11 am EST for scheduled maintenance. Checkout @kgriffith for details about chatroom you can join on LT during the downtime. 2y
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Carolyn-HHI
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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I loved this surprising tale of friendship, missed love, longing and loneliness. Very tender, yet retains the mysticism of Murakami‘s approach to fiction.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 2y
Carolyn-HHI @raimy - thank you ❤️ 2y
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Carolyn-HHI
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I was in a bit of a book funk. Murakami always gets me out of that. This one is wonderful so far.

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inquisitive_p
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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This was my first Murakami book. The whole experience was very good and very weird. I read it in just one sitting! Liked the way it is written.

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Lexica10
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Murakami‘s ability to craft multidimensional characters out of the most mundane situations, then interlace mystery and tiny tales of horror you cannot forget, is unparalleled in this novella. What happens to Sumida? Doesn‘t matter, as per usual. Is her phone call real? You won‘t find out, of course.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Nikki15 So beautiful ❤️ 2y
Rissa1 Whoa! 2y
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Sha0102
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These are my top 10 books of 2017. Hope you tell us yours using #Top102017
1. Tirza by A. Grunberg
2. The magic of reality by Richard Dawkins
3. Steppenwolf byHermann Hesse
4. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
5. Sputnik Sweetheart by H. Murakami
6. The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert, K Anderson
7. The bell jar by Sylvia Plath
8. The Sea Wolf by J. London
9. The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
10. A little life H. Yanagihara

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BookishBrooklyn
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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I honestly felt like this one was a bit of a disappointment, like, I was loving the start, but when the plot twist happened I just found things got way confusing? And the characters‘ actions didn‘t make sense? Full review can be found here on my blog https://brooklynthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/book-review-sputnik-sweethe...

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Crash
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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You could make furniture out of books and have the best of both worlds.