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The release of the film tie-in edition of Murakiam’s coming-of-age cult classic of love and loss is to coincide with the new major motion picture starring Rinko Kikuchi (‘Babel’).

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

Reviews

Evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny; but then Murakami is one of the best writers around

Time Out

Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami's writing that everything he chooses to describe trembles with symbolic possibility

Guardian

This book is undeniably hip, full of student uprisings, free love, booze and 1960s pop, it's also genuinely emotionally engaging, and describes the highs of adolescence as well as the lows

Independent on Sunday

Catches the absorption and giddy rush of adolescent love...It is also, for all the tragic momentum and the apparently kamikaze consciousness of many of its characters, often funny and quirkily observed. Quietly compulsive and finally moving

Times Literary Supplement

A heart-stoppingly moving story...Murakami is, without a doubt, one of the world's finest novelists

Glasgow Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099554561

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Paperback

    9780099448822

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781448103706

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Kafka On The Shore
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Murakami Diary
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Underground
South of the Border, West of the Sun
The Elephant Vanishes
A Wild Sheep Chase
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
After the Quake
Sputnik Sweetheart
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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To Kill A Mockingbird
The Handmaid's Tale
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
The Mistress
Kafka On The Shore
The Thirst
The Girl on the Train
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Golden Age
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
The Lost Symbol
A Long Way from Home