|Full title||Sputnik Sweetheart [permalink]|
|Transliterated title||Supūtoniku no Koibito|
|Authors||Haruki Murakami (author) and Philip Gabriel (translator)|
|Original publication year||1999|
|ISBN||978-0-099-44847-1 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
The story follows an unnamed narrator (simply called K.), a timid schoolteacher who is madly (and unrequitedly) in love with Sumire, an aspiring writer whose life tends to be topsy-turvy until she falls in love with a Korean woman, Miu, who is 17 years her senior. Miu is in the wine business, and as Miu gives Sumire a job in her company, they end up spending a lot of time together.
This book is an enigma to me. I have to admit, I don't really understand the point of it, but nevertheless it made for very interesting reading. The pacing is good, the characters are well-developed, and the dialog is excellent. If you want an enjoyable "Huh?"-experience, I can heartily recommend it.