South of the Border, West of the Sun

type
Book
Genre
Fiction
March 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

South of the Border is tame compared with Murakami’s 1997 epic The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but it has its own quiet intensity. A Japanese textbook editor marries into money, opens a series of popular bars, and lives a seemingly perfect life until his childhood sweetheart appears and tries to persuade him to throw it all away. He doesn’t, and that’s what gives this love story depth and complexity. Although Murakami’s writing — or possibly the translation — is a bit stiff in spots, this is an escapist urban drama in which marital fidelity eventually wins out over romantic passion and, magically, doesn’t seem like a compromise in the least. B+

South of the Border, West of the Sun

type
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Genre
Fiction
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South of the Border, West of the Sun

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