• South of the Border, West of the Sun
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    South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

    Hajime and Shimamoto become friends at the age of 12. Both are only children and find kindred spirits in each other’s loneliness and ‘differentness’ as compared to their peers. But this peaceful, almost idyllic friendship doesn’t last when Hajime moves with his family to a neighbourhood a bit further away, and the barely visible exploration of romance between them is nipped in the bud. Hajime stumbles through adolesence and early adulthood, trying his best to ignore the nagging sensation that something is missing, that maybe his biggest life mistake has already happened, that he is lost and rudderless. “We were,…

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