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A new film of Murakami's tale of love and loss to be released in NZ during 2011

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire — to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.



Reviews

Evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny; but then Murakami is one of the best writers around

Time Out

Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami's writing that everything he chooses to describe trembles with symbolic possibility

Guardian

This book is undeniably hip, full of student uprisings, free love, booze and 1960s pop, it's also genuinely emotionally engaging, and describes the highs of adolescence as well as the lows

Independent on Sunday

Catches the absorption and giddy rush of adolescent love-It is also, for all the tragic momentum and the apparently kamikaze consciousness of many of its characters, often funny and quirkily observed. Quietly compulsive and finally moving

Times Literary Supplement

A heart-stoppingly moving story-Murakami is, without a doubt, one of the world's finest novelists

Glasgow Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099554561

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $29.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Paperback

    9780099448822

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $26.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781448103706

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Also by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Kafka On The Shore
The Elephant Vanishes
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
A Wild Sheep Chase
Wind/ Pinball
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
Dance Dance Dance
Sputnik Sweetheart
After the Quake
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Underground
After Dark
Birthday Stories
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Absolutely on Music
The Strange Library
Killing Commendatore
Desire
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2

Recommendations

To Kill A Mockingbird
The Handmaid's Tale
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Men Without Women
The Thirst
Dragonfly In Amber
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
Atonement
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Colombiano