Sputnik Sweetheart

by Haruki Murakami


  • Difficulty Level : Adult
  • Length : 229pages ( roughly 1 day )
  • Type: Fiction
  • My Rating: *****


Story is a about a young aspiring writer Sumire, whom has her own quirky side that can’t fit the world, dropped out of school to pursue her passion of writing. Met this older lady Miu and fell in love with her, suspecting herself to be a lesbian. She confides everything to her best friend K, the narrator.

One day he recieved a call from Miu that Sumire has mysteriously disappeared.

Book Review:

Beauty of Haruki Murakami style of writing is how he is able to describe scenes so masterly. I can envision that myself there and he don’t really use bombastic terms, just for example “I switched the receiver from my left hand to my right”, simple subtle gestures that speaks volumes.

Reading his book motivates me to read more books, he has the knack  to inspire, to imagine the infinite possibilities and his range of topics are quite wide.

The book is nicely written, deals with issues like Loneliness and about how we deal with loss.


“Somebody once said if it’s something a single book can explain, it’s not worth having explained. What i mean is don’t leap to any conclusions.”

“So that’s how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that’s stolen from us–that’s snatched right out of our hands–even if we are left completely changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to the end of our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness.”



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