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Sputnik Sweetheart

“A college student, identified only as “K” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments—until she meet Miu, an older and more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from the 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 profound meditation on human longing”

This is what was written on the book’s cover


This is my 3rd book by Haruki Murakami…somehow I’ve become one of his fans. His novel as usual gives twisted ending. In Sputnik Sweetheart, like Dance Dance Dance, Murakami didn’t give the main character a name. This man was a elementary school teacher. When he was at college he met Sumire and they became best friend. But He ended up falling in love with her, too bad all Sumire thinks about is just her novel. She has devoted her live to make a novel. Sumire always shows her half finish works to him…too bad none of her works become full novel. One day Sumire met Miu, somehow she fells in lo with Miu, she start thinking that she might be a lesbian…but the only girl she loves was Miu. Miu gives sumire a job in her small company. This work change untidy sumire became more like a woman.

He and sumire shared almost everything…they are more like a couple to him but too bad not physical relationship. He sometimes has a girlfriend but never shared the same feeling when he was with sumire. One day sumire went to Greece with miu, after Sumire confess her feeling to Miu and Miu said that she would do anything to sumire, because Miu really like her, but ever since something weird happened to her fourteen years ago, she couldn’t never give her self physically to anyone in this world. After hearing that…sumire disappeared like a smoke. He flew from Tokyo to Greece to find her, but all he can find is just a floppy disc with two document written by sumire. He unable to find her but six months later, sumire calls him saying she is back….and just like most of Murakami’s works…we can never be sure…does she really come  back or just a hallucination…

You can never acclaimed Murakami’s works into specific kinds of novel…it’s genre less…but it’s surely enjoyable.



About Novroz

I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

6 comments on “Sputnik Sweetheart

  1. shro
    July 15, 2008

    i didn’t know what to believe in the ending…its eating me up. most think the phone call was delusional but i wish it weren’t. i want her back with k.

  2. Novroz
    July 16, 2008

    yeah…I want her back too…but I have strong believe that it was just a delusion.

  3. Parrish
    December 24, 2010

    Thats the great thing about his books you’re left wondering what happened, they’ve have a dreamlike quality only half remembered on waking, but still influencing your day. nearest genre I’m guessing is magic-realism.

    • Novroz
      December 24, 2010

      This is the kind of ending that I like the most from his works. We are left wondering and everyone seems to have their own idea how it ends

  4. Caroline
    February 25, 2011

    I am reading this right now. I am not sure I like it yet, I am oscillating. Very weird. It does remind me of another author but I can not remember who. Maybe Banana Yoshimoto.

    • Novroz
      February 26, 2011

      Ah…the ‘weird’ part of the book is the reason why I love the book. This is one of my most favorite books by Murakami. I enjoy every weirdness of it. I hope you can enjoy it too later on, looking forward to read your review about this book.

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