Sputnik Sweetheart

Paperback, 240 pages

English language

Published Oct. 3, 2002 by Vintage.

ISBN:
978-0-09-944847-1
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4 stars (71 reviews)

Sputnik Sweetheart (スプートニクの恋人, Supūtoniku no Koibito) is a novel by Haruki Murakami, published in Japan, by Kodansha, in 1999. An English translation by Philip Gabriel was then published in 2001.

19 editions

Lectura moi interesante.

3 stars

Ummm, según ía lendo... preguntábame a onde me quería levar o autor. En realidade estiven todo o tempo onde el quería: dándolle voltas á cabeza.

A historia é unha excusa para facer falar ao protagonista principal, que inicialmente se sitúa como narrador que pon a luz sobre outra persoa e mediada a novela sitúase no centro da acción. Este cambio, esta inversión, fai que a estrutura da novela atenda ás visicitudes dos protagonistas (isto non é un spoiler). Pequenos detalles como este, formais e sen complicacións, son moi bonitos de apreciar.

A novela semella ir nunha dirección pero realmente reflexiona acerca da identidade propia, da autopercepción e da construcción desa identidade en relación a nós mesmos e a quen nos rodea.

Hai algún capítulo que non lle atopei sentido, ou máis ben a razón da súa inclusión (no contexto da novela) pero pode que simplemente estivesen alí para …

Melancholy, and lovely.

4 stars

All of Murakami's books have an element of melancholy to them, but this one particularly so. I appreciate the straightforward storytelling because it adds an element of realism to the characters' engagement with one another and builds empathy for all of them - each caught in their own despair.

I also really appreciate how he writes about sex in such a straightforward manner. It keeps a book like this - with a major component being sexual longing - from turning salacious and gratuitous.

Review of 'The sputnik sweetheart' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was by far the best experience I had with Murakami. I could see these characters being real people. If not for everything else but for the fact that their pain is very real. I also think this is one of his stories that genuinely benefit from being ambiguous. After all, don’t we all know how ambiguous love is? It is ambiguous enough in one person and the impossibility of acquiring a holistic understanding of it is already a struggle enough, but once your very confusing and messy feelings get jumbled with everyone else’s equally confusing and messy feelings, you are done for. Your world shakes and continues to swirl on and on until it doesn’t, and then you don’t know why, you never really know when either, but it stops and you move on.

Review of 'Les amants du Spoutnik' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Un livre très poétique, nostalgique, de belles réflexions sur l'amour, l'amitié, la solitude, la place qu'on a dans le monde... Il en ressort une ambiance incroyable, très imagée, tout est réel et irréel en même temps. J'eus du mal à m'habituer au ton employé au début, mais on s'accroche très vite.

Review of 'Sputnik Sweetheart' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I always enjoy the characters, settings, an events in Murakami books. Some of the repeated elements are a bit tiring, because I've read so many of his books in a short amount of time.

Not sure if Murakami writes more about writers than Stephen King, but it must be close.

The mystery of what happened to Sumire is intriguing. The point of the story with Carrot is a bit unclear to me. Seems like it didn't really need to be there, but maybe I just missed something.

Review of 'Sputnik Sweetheart' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

A Love triangle between:

- Protagonist: K, an average unfortunate man next door.
- His love interest: A confused, chaotic and vague aspiring writer.
- Her love interest: A mundane businesswoman, who had lost her zest for life due to trauma in the past.

How the love triangle develops and ends is the story.

3 out of 5 stars for this book.
2 stars for the mesmerising lines of Marukami that pops in every once in a while and one more star for the audacity and confidence with which Marukami has written this novel.

Makes me wonder if I decipher all the metaphors will "Kafka on the Shore" lose its charm as well?

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