Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

sputniksweetheartSince my boiler at home was down over the weekend (and I was sick as a dog), I had to move to my friends house. On Saturday night, while my friend was out (enjoying her life of course), I was resting in bed cursing the day I was born. I felt like a dead vegetable and had trouble sleeping, so I thought it might be a good idea to read a book. I spotted the name “Sputnik Sweetheart” from across the room and thought to myself: “Sputnik. I know what that is. It’s that soviet satellite. It must be pretty boring. Perhaps I can read a few pages and pass out.” 

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The minute I read the first few pages, I was hooked. I LOVED everything about it and was able to finish reading in a few hours. If you’re looking for a good & quick read, this is IT my friends.

****SPOILER ALERT****

I was very confused by the ending and I’ve searched all the web to make sense of it. It took me a while to formulate my opinion, but the last scene could mean one of two things. Either K killed himself and joined Sumire to the other world. Or, this whole scene is constructed as a dream in his head as it is the only place he can ever find Sumire again. The blood on his hands could either symbolise his own blood (because he killed himself) or the blood of the dog (metaphor he used earlier). As for Sumire, I’m not sure if she was killed by Miu or committed suicide. How and Why she vanished like smoke will remain a mystery to me. As gutted as I am by the ending, it’s refreshing to know that both Sumire and K are going to be reunited one way or the other.

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