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South of The Border West of The Sun was a story about the life of a man named Hajime. The story started when he met a wise and lonely girl with bad leg named Shimamoto. She was still in elementary school when he first met her and therefore he couldn’t understand his own feeling. When he grew up, he realized that he loved Shimamoto and she was the only girl he truly loved…but it was too late.
He then met a girl named Izumi and started dating her. But that relationship was ruined because of the desire he had on Izumi’s cousin. He had hurt Izumi so badly and she never recovered from that incident. Years later he saw her, just a glimpse of her and realized how damage Izumi had became.
He lived a lonely live after that…he met with few girls but no one could made him get rid the feeling of loneliness like Shimamoto and Izumi. Until one day when he met Yukiko, the woman that became his wife. He owned a jazz club under Yukiko’s father help and had 2 daughters. He was living a happy life… but somehow he felt something was still missing.
One rainy evening, Shimamoto appeared before his eyes and that meeting changed everything. He was willing to throw away his happy life for her…but was Shimamoto really exist or just a pigment of his imagination?
In my opinion, in spite of all good reviews given to the novel by many newspapers (such as “his most deeply moving novel” by the Boston Globe) I find this novel a bit boring. It doesn’t have the unpredicted end like other Murakami’s works and the story is just too simple. Fortunately the book is thin, because if it was thick I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it.