I really enjoyed this book! I think it gets 5 stars for ~90% of the novel, but the last 35 pages were boring in comparison and I didn’t like the way it ended.
I didn’t intend to ever read this book; I have three other Murakami books packed away and came across this one at a friend’s house and decided to give it a go. I am really intrigued to read more of his novels- something I’ve been saying for years.
Some of my favorite quotes:
-You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.
-Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language.
-The pain he had felt in his heart didn’t stem from jealousy. Tsukuru knew what jealousy was like. […] But the pain he was feeling now was different. All he felt was sorrow, as if he’d been abandoned at the bottom of a deep, dark pit. That’s all it was – sorrow. That and pure physical pain. He actually found this comforting. What hurt him most wasn’t the fact that Sara was walking down the street holding hands with another man. […] What really shocked him, though, was how happy she looked. When she talked with that man, her whole face lit up. She had never showed such an unguarded expression when she was with Tsukuru, not once. With him, she always maintained a cool, controlled look. More than anything else, that’s what tore, unbearably, at his heart.