On Thought : Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami



Last week, I'd finished reading another Murakami's novel.

Sputnik Sweetheart is the 7th Murakami's works I read and the only sentence I can make to describe about the book is 'I have never been so sad and heart broken after reading his work before.'.

The main themes are about loneliness and unrequited love.  It was just another Murakami's way to start the story, a man - who doesn't really socialize but has no difficulty in finding a girl - telling about his world, or the woman he adores but unrequited.  I should've known the plot, since I have read 6th other of his works but Murakami is a pure genius.  The plot twist, it really made my heart skipped a beat.

It's much more realistic than 1Q84 but a bit surreal than Norwegian Wood.  The story itself is darker than Murakami's usual works (at least, than the other 6 works I had read).  I don't know if the translation was so good so I could really comprehend or feel it, or it's just Murakami's way to lead the emotion, or it's just both.  As I get to the last pages, the words were intense as in I felt suffocated because of how sad the words Murakami put in to describe loneliness and loss in detail.

Why do people have to be this lonely?  What's the point of it all?  Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves.  Why?  Was the Earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?

I'd say I love this book so much because it leaves me a huge impression after it.  The sadness is real, the suffocates of the loneliness is real.

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