Sputnik Sweetheart

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It has been days, and I have slept and eaten, yet I still cannot grasp how Haruki Murakami delivered every single detail in Sumire’s, Miu’s and K’s life. I have never come across such an extraordinary novel. It’s way beyond words having each page quite meaningful phrases stitched all together ending with such a noble piece.
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As usual, I’ll have my audience be Sputnik Sweetheart’s readers hoping these quotes lifted from the book will ignite a spark of interest in you:

  • “No man should go through life without experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.”
  • “But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you.”
  • “Good or bad, nimble or clumsy—those aren’t important. What’s important is being attentive. Staying calm, being alert to things around you.”
  • “Not prejudging things, listening to what’s going on, keeping your ears, heart and mind open.”“That’s gotta be one of the principles behind reality. Accepting things that are hard to comprehend, and leaving then that way.”
  • “Sometimes I couldn’t unravel which events happened first, and which came later, what was cause, what was effect.”
  • “Everything was grotesquely exaggerated, menacing, like some medieval allegorical painting.”
  • “What’s really important here is not the big things other people have thought up, but the small things you, yourself, have.”
  • “The principle that made other choices possible was missing. Or was it the choice that made that principle possible was missing?”

To sum it all up, perhaps it’s in his own words too. How well do we know ourselves?