Mobi Ë 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi 248 pages Download ✓ Haruki murakami

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Kindle ☆ 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi á Haruki Murakami Permanece viva tanto como auilo ue poderia ter sido como auilo ue não foi De um dia para o outro vinte anos mais tarde Shimamoto reaparece certa noite na vida de Hajime Para além de ser uma mulher de grande beleza e rara intensidade a sua simples presença encontra se envolta em mistério Da noite para o dia Hajime vê se catapultado para o passado colocando tudo o ue tem todo o seu presente em risco the sad truth is that certain types of things can’t go backward Once they start going forward no matter what you do they can’t go back the way they were If even one little thing goes awry then that’s how it will stay forever South of the Border West of the Sun is a short novel by Haruki Murakami Here we read the story of one Hajime's journey from childhood to middle age The novel explores themes of post war capitalism and culture in Japan in the 20th century infidelity in relationships and unreuited love besides usual Murakami esue themes of alienation loneliness and longingThe story gets its name from the Nat King Cole song by the name of South of the Border Jazz music is a central to the themes in the story as we sit back in dazzling jazz bars sipping cocktails listening to Nat King Cole and Duke EllingtonMeanwhile West of the Sun part of the title refers to a disease called Siberian hysteria In the text Shimamoto describes Siberian Hysteria a nervous disorder using an analogy where as a farmer who operates on a dry and barren run with the horizon North West South and East He conducts himself in the same routine day after day year after year Eventually he becomes hysteric walking East until he faints from exhaustion and passes away Nat King Cole Hajime was born in post war Japan at a time when the country's economy was thriving and a baby boom happened when the birth rate was significantly high and the number of families with single child were rare Hajime being a single child is shown to suffer from a degree of alienation due to this and develops a relationship with books and music In comes Shimatoto also a single child with whom he develops a friendship Unfortunately circumstances separate the two children at a young age For a while is a phrase whose length can't be measuredAt least by the person who's waiting We watch Hajime spiral through life in his semi isolation as he struggles with his longing for the past with Shimatoto Eventually she returns to his life only Hajime is now 36 and a father of two Shimatoto remains a metaphor for the what ifs and what might have beens of unreuited loveI didn't enjoy this as much as some of Murakami's other novels Yet it was a worthwhile read on 20th century Japanese culture and the trademark Murakami soundtrack allowed me to finish the novel with relative ease My lack of interest in the plot may be due to my inability to relate to the characters and themes in the storyHappy reading

Mobi 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi

Mobi Ë 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi 248 pages Download ✓ Haruki murakami ´ [PDF] ✈ 国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishi By Haruki Murakami – Na primeira semana do primeiro Na primeira semana do primeiro mês do primeiro ano da segunda metade do século XX ao protagonista ue também faz as vezes de narrador é dado o nome de Hajime ue significa «início» Filho único de uma normal família japonesa Hajime vive numa província um pouco sonolenta como normalmente todas as províncias o são Nos seus tempos de rapazinho faz amizade com Shimamoto também ela filha única e A Companion IntervenesI re read “South of the Border” immediately after re reading “Norwegian Wood” as part of my training regime for Murakami’s “184”Although they were written five years apart and were separated by “Dance Dance Dance” they are good companion piecesThey stand out from Murakami’s other novels because they explore love and its conseuences almost exclusivelyAlthough some things and events go unexplained there is little of the surrealism and absurdity that characterizes most of his other worksStrangely whereas “Norwegian Wood” concerns the recollections of a 37 year old protagonist about relationships in his late teens “South of the Border” concerns the recollections of a 37 year old protagonist about a relationship that originally started and finished before he turned 13 so he was not yet a teenagerWhile the protagonist in “Norwegian Wood” seemed to get his girl or one of them at the end there was some doubt in my mind whether the relationship had lasted until the time of narrationIn “South of the Border” the intervening period has brought the protagonist Hajime a permanent relationship marriage parenthood and business and financial success However his apparent contentment and happiness is jeopardized by the intervention of Shimamoto his girlfriend from the age of 12The Bond of Only nessThe first uarter of the novel is a relatively straightforward narration of Hajime’s first 30 yearsHe is born in January 1951 which makes him almost exactly two years younger than Murakami himselfHe is an only child as is Shimamoto He detests the term “only child” because it implies he is “missing” something as if he is an incomplete human being yet somehow spoiled weak and self centred as wellHajime is not just interested in Shimamoto because neither of them has any siblings he’s fascinated by the fact that her left leg is slightly lame yet she never whines or complainsNobody else at school finds her as striking or charming as him even though he recognizes that she has not yet developed an outer “gorgeousness” to match her inner ualitiesSo while they develop a deep relationship she wraps herself in a protective shell that separates her from other studentsUnfortunately the relationship comes to an end the year after when they go to different junior high schoolsRelatively UnfaithfulHajime gets on with life even getting another girlfriend Izumi who he thinks is cute even if she isn’t conventionally prettyShe is the oldest of three children though still sensitive enough at 16 to be able to say “I’m scared These days I feel like a snail without a shell”Yet as much as she tries her best to give Hajime all she can she is destined to make him realize his capacity for hurt ”I didn’t understand thenthat I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover That a person can just by living damage another human being beyond repair”Just after Hajime’s 18th birthday he is preparing to start four years of college in Tokyo which effectively spells the end of the relationshipHowever it ends on even worse terms when Izumi discovers that he has been having a passionate affair with her cousin while she has been deferring a sexual relationship with himAt 37 he learns that his betrayal permanently damaged her so much so that she lives a life of isolation in an apartment block where all of the children are afraid of herHe has ruined her lifeSo ultimately the novel is concerned with the hurt we cause in the pursuit of our own needs and illusionsA Lame Excuse for StalkingDespite his capacity for hurt Hajime has a sympathy for outsiders non conformists who don’t uite fit inIt reveals itself in his attraction to women who are lame of whom there are several in the novelJust before he meets his future wife Yukiko when he is 28 he sees an elegant woman limping in the streetHe follows her for some time wondering whether it is Shimamoto until she enters a café from where she phones someone for supportThe man who comes to her aid demands that he leave her alone and gives him an envelope with a large amount of money in itMeanwhile the woman makes her escape in a cab ramping up the mystery about her identityHe can’t believe his luck Why did this happen? Did it really happen at all? What does it all mean?If not for the envelope proof that something must have happened it would have continued to be a riddle “a delusion from start to finish a fantasy I’d cooked up in my head a very long realistic dream that somehow I’d mixed up with reality”For Hajime as long as he has the envelope it means that this whole event actually occurred that his uest was real and not an illusionEverything Falls Into PlaceAt 30 Hajime marries Yukiko after which they have two daughters and he establishes two jazz bars one of which is called the “Robin’s Nest” and the other we know only as “my other bar” at the prompting of his father in lawUp to this point Hajime has been relatively faithful apart from a few flings when Yukiko was pregnant relationships that he seems to excuse in the same manner that his father in law justifies his own affairs they allow him to let off steam and actually reinforce the primacy of marriageSo much so normalHe seems to have developed a knack for stopping just short of being self destructiveUntil one day his success results in some magazine coverage that reunites him with old school friends who trigger a sense of nostalgia for his past relationshipsAnd with this nostalgia comes ShimamotoHollow InsideEnough of the plot I want to explore some of the metaphorsTo all intents and purposes Hajime has been happy in his marriage ”I could not imagine a happier life”However the emergence of Shimamoto makes him realize that he has been harbouring feelings about his past with her ”Everything disappears some day Like this barThings that have form will all disappear But certain feelings stay with us forever”To which Shimamoto responds ”But you know Hajime some feelings cause us pain because they remain”To this extent she has a better insight into Hajime than he does himselfHolding onto the past can create a darkness inside us that is destined to hurt not just ourselves but those around usBy the end of the chapter he is looking into the mirror confronting the fact that he has become a liar that there is something dark inside him ”For the first time in a long while I looked deep into my own eyes in the mirror Those eyes told me nothing about who I was”It’s an existential crisis of sorts he is on the boundary of sanity and madness ”If I never see her again I will go insane Once she got out of the car and was gone my world was suddenly hollow and meaningless”To the extent that Shimamoto is a twin of himself who completes the one person she has gone missing and he is once again incompleteMissing Persons Minding the GapSo what to do about his hollowness and yearning?Hajime falls in love with the idea that he and Shimamoto were “star crossed lovers” who were simply born under a bad sign whose love originally perished under an unlucky star but can be revived ”You could say I’m happy Yet I’ve known ever since I met you again that something is missing The important uestion is what is missing Something’s lacking In me and my life And that part of me is always hungry always thirsting Neither my wife nor my children can fill that gap In the whole world there’s only one person who can do that You”He wants to overcome his hollowness by filling in the 25 year gap since they last saw each other ”‘It’s strange’ she said ‘You want to fill in that blank space of time but I want to keep it all blank’”As Hajime swings between sanity and insanity Shimamoto disappears and reappearsIndeed the reverse is also true as Shimamoto disappears and reappears Hajime swings between sanity and insanityShe is both the focus of his sanity and the cause of his insanityShe keeps his hopes alive with the promise that they will “probably” see each other in “a while”Gradually he realizes he has to do something about it he has to account to his wife YukikoOnly it doesn’t come easily ”I was struck by a violent desire to confess everything What a relief that would be No hiding no need to playact or to lieBut I didn’t say anything Confession would serve no purpose It would only make us miserable”So the fear of misery justifies the continued deceitSouth of the Border West of the SunThe title of the novel is a lyric from a song played by Nat King ColeBoth Hajime and Shimamoto had romanticized what might lie “south of the border”She thinks it is “something beautiful big and soft” only to discover when she grows up that all it refers to is MexicoSo they realize that all of their romanticism is misplaced it’s a fabricationSimilarly “west of the sun” describes a medical condition called “hysteria syberiana” which affects farmers in SiberiaAfter months of exposure to the harsh winter they sometimes head off in search of some land west of the sun “Like someone possessed you walk on day after day not eating or drinking until you collapse on the ground and die” They succumb to their illusions and eventually die because they fail to take care of realitySo eventually Hajime realizes that Shimamoto is a distraction perhaps even an illusion that he must turn away from ”I would never see her again except in memory She was here and now she’s gone There is no middle ground ‘Probably’ is a word you may find south of the border But never ever west of the sun” At the same time he realizes that the envelope has gone ”I should have thrown that money away when I first got it Keeping it was a mistake”To uote Shimamoto “some feelings cause us pain because they remain”The envelope had to go just as his feelings for her had to goThough there is a lingering doubt as to whether the envelope was ever realSo ultimately we are forced to uestion whether the return of Shimamoto actually occurred or whether it was a fabrication of a mind that had gone lameDid Hajime’s self delusion his existential crisis develop into a full on nervous breakdown his own version of hysteria syberiana?Did he just make it all up?Was it just a very long realistic dream that somehow I’d mixed up with reality”?Rain in the Desert Rain on the Sea Murakami also uses the metaphor of a desert which appears to be lifeless until it rains when the dormant life revives and blossomsHajime’s obsession with a relationship from the past transforms his marriage into a desertThe darkness of his self delusion sucks all of the life out of the reality of his relationship and his parenthoodYet Hajime can’t sort it out from within his delusionSo in a way Yukiko wins back their marriage with almost superhuman patience and insight and persistenceShe has to rain on the desert of their relationshipYet her effort isn’t so much superhuman as uintessentially humanShe reveals that she too has had needs and gaps that she wanted to fill that Hajime has ignored her needs and vulnerability that he has been selfish to think he is the only one to have suffered from a hollownessThroughout the novel the presence of Shimamoto is associated with rain or water like some noir pulp fictionHowever just as rain forces us inside to keep dry it is also a source of water that revives life“South of the Border” finishes with Hajime contemplating a sea with rain falling on itMurakami is typically ambiguousThere might be a sense in which rain on the ocean cannot revive dormant life that the sea remains lifeless or unaffected beneath the surface that it simply can’t see that it is being replenishedHowever the ocean might also be a sea of possibilities it is full of life and Hajime simply has to make a choice so that the rain can make a differenceWhile Hajime contemplates all this Yukiko comes and rests a hand lightly on his shoulderWe get the sense that the two of them have together made a choice that the “new life beginning tomorrow” that they have promised each other might just happenSo whether or not the reappearance of Shimamoto was real or an illusion she was the trigger for Hajime to realize that his marriage was the real thing and that he didn’t need to seek something else “South of the Border West of the Sun”It’s a lesson both to be with the one you love and to love the one you’re with because they are usually and should be the same person

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国境の南、太陽の西 Kokkyō no minami taiyō no nishiRapariga brilhante na escola com uem reparte interesses pela leitura e pela música Juntos têm por hábito escutar a colecção de discos do pai dela sobretudo «South of the Border West of the Sun» tema de Nat King Cole ue dá título ao romanceMas o destino faz com ue os dois companheiros de escola sejam obrigados a separar se Os anos passam Hajime segue a sua vida A lembrança de Shimamoto porém I never fail to be impressed by the way Murakami captures mood and feelings Even in his less fantastic novels of which this is one he draws you into a world that is all his and so full of possibilities and connections that you feel you could grasp them if you reached out Except you don't because in Murakami's universe it's easier to stay put and wait than to get actively involved It's about memories and reminiscences about wishes and alternate realities and if you were to reach out and touch anything you would break the carefully crafted atmosphere leaving nothing but some loner's neurotic ramblings about the things he should have done but sadly never did You wouldn't want to do that now would you? South of the Border West of the Sun is set in a familiar Murakami landscape where lonely men listen to jazz and classical music get obsessed with mysterious women with death in their eyes and crave a connection with just one fellow soul This time around the protagonist is Hajime a man in his late thirties who seems to be going through a bit of a mid life crisis Reasonably happily married and the successful owner of two jazz bars Hajime seems to have it all except for two things he can't really connect to anyone and he is haunted by memories of the women he has wronged Most of all he is haunted by the memory of his childhood friend Shimamoto the only person in his life to whom he has ever been close but of whom he lost sight at age twelve And then Shimamoto suddenly reappears in his life tempting him with promises of closeness and understanding and confusing him profoundly As stories of mid life crises and marital infidelity go this one is nothing out of the ordinary It follows Hajime through his obsession with Shimamoto and his insecurities regrets and justifications leading him all the way to some modicum of self discovery So far so generic adultery novel What sets the book apart from countless other such books is its mood Like other Murakami books South of the Border West of the Sun is a mood piece It has a dreamlike timeless uality a mellow intensity and a jazz and rain fuelled melancholy which occasionally drips off the pages It evokes loneliness and obsession in a way few other authors manage to evoke them It's like being submerged in a bath of longing and nostalgia and I for one really enjoy that sort of thing There's something uite cathartic about itMuch has been said about Hajime the protagonist of South of the Border Like many Murakami characters Hajime is not an action hero; he spends most of the book waiting for fate to deal him a lucky card and when he finally gets it he doesn't really know what to do with it Nor does he seem to notice that the cards he was initially dealt were actually uite good He is a dreamer and a drifter floating through a world in which he doesn't seem properly anchored feeling rather than observing longing rather than acting He is haunted by memories and wallows in his own mistakes without having the guts to address them He is not necessarily the world's most attractive protagonist but all the same it is interesting watching the world through his eyes sensing his guilt and sharing his cravings And if he doesn't seem to be all that different from countless other Murakami protagonists well so be it That's Murakami for you writing the same story featuring the same protagonist over and over again but in a way which keeps you coming back for As for Murakami's refusal to tie up the loose ends in this book which seems to baffle certain reviewers I like that I like that we never find out exactly what Shimamoto has been up to for all these years I like that her disappearance remains unexplained I even like the fact that we never find out her first name Hajime keeps calling her by her family name even when they are having sex It adds an air of detachment and mystery to the novel which in turn just adds to its dreamlike uality It allows you to fill in the blanks yourself and at the end of the day that is what I like most about good fiction its ability to make you fantasise and write parts of the story yourself Maybe that's why I like Murakami so much; he draws me into brilliant moodscapes and leaves me there thinking feeling wondering what I would do in a given position Sometimes I wish I never had to leave his world but alas even the best jazz gets tedious after a while