Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart

A Novel

Book - 2001
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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 commitments -- until 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375411694
0375411690
9780375726057
Branch Call Number: F Murakami
Characteristics: 210 pages ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, Philip 1953-

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beetlebaily
Feb 18, 2020

I liked the book but pales by comparison with some of his other novels. I gave it a rating of 3.

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gjfricano
Jul 17, 2019

One of my favorites from Murakami. Sputnik Sweetheart requires the reader to suspend some disbelief for its sake, but it's entirely worth it for anyone who enjoys a dive into the surreal.

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anhovq
Mar 27, 2019

The novel was an intriguing recount of Sumire's disappearance from the perspective of her best friend. The readers are given a lot of depths into the characters, but somehow they appear superficial - probably because there is no resolution or the absence of a transformation. It's not necessarily a bad thing since it allows one to predict the fate of these characters. K. K.'s thinking resembles a lot of mine. His encounter with Carrot at the end is somewhat a resolution to his doubts for a story with no ending.

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snailgem
Feb 19, 2019

This was a little too surreal, as opposed to sci-fi, for me, and I got confused a few times. But it was nevertheless a pleasure to read.

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sky123
Apr 17, 2015

"And the half that was left is the person you see here. I've felt this way for the longest time- that in a Ferris wheel in a small Swiss town, for a reason I can't explain, I was split in two forever. for all I know, this may have been some kind of transaction. Its' not like something was stolen away from me, because it all still exits, on the other side. Just a single mirror separates us from the other side. But I can never cross the boundary of that single pane of glass. Never."

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