- Publisher : RHUK (1 June 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099448572
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099448570
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Item Weight : 138 g
- Condition : New
A moving, thoughtful story of long-lost love and second chances
Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch.
Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting, he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.
'Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem' The Times
About the Author
In 1978, Haruki Murakami was twenty-nine and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers' award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, that turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon.