I loved Sputnik Sweetheart. Sumire's character was very endearing--sassy, insightful and funny in her own quirky way. So far, I've only read Blind Willow (some pieces were really weak, and I felt that Murakami used those for practice), South of The Border West of The Sun (which is one of the most tragic stories I've ever read. It made me miserable, really.) and Sputnik Sweetheart.
I loved Sputnik maybe because I have a thing for doomed relationships that somehow allows me to believe that there is hope in the end, one way or another. Maybe I have a thing for the way we have to tackle different aspects of ourselves, the ones that are pinned down to reality and the ones that are floating away in the realm of dreams and the surreal. I've become a fan of Murakami on this one. Right now, I'm reading Norwegian Wood, and while it has been great so far, I can't say it's high up there with Sputnik. :) We'll see.
It seems almost everyone is giving Wind Up Bird Chronicle high praises. Will read that one in the near future!
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