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MURAKAMI, H.: Sputnik Sweetheart (Unabridged)


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MURAKAMI, H.: Sputnik Sweetheart (Unabridged)

Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan’s leading novelist with his many works—fiction and non-fiction—consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually, sustaining an international appeal through a deeply human perspective.

Sputnik Sweetheart is his ninth novel, written in 1999, and tells the story of a young woman—Sumire, an aspiring writer—who falls in love with an older, successful businesswoman and wine expert, Miu. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Sumire’s close (male) friend. It is a curious, mysterious tale, told with the compassion and quirkiness that is the hallmark of Murakami’s writing.

Disc 1

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Foreword 00:01:02
2.   Chapter 1 00:05:55
3.   Sumire wanted to be like a character in a Kerouac novel… 00:07:37
4.   Sumire was born in Chigasaki. 00:05:41
5.   Sumire was living in a one - room apartment in Kichijoji… 00:07:05
6.   'My head is like some ridiculous barn…' 00:06:54
7.   'How could my mother give me the name of such an awful song' 00:07:28
8.   'My father's company originally imported dried foods…' 00:07:28
9.   Chapter 2 00:07:22
10.   'You should try being an elementary - school teacher sometime.' 00:06:48
11.   Chapter 3 00:06:57
12.   'I'd like to pick up where we left off yesterday,' Miu said… 00:05:28

Disc 2

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Chapter 4 00:06:46
2.   Sumire steered the conversation back on track. 00:07:48
3.   Miu examined the colour of the 1986 Medoc… 00:07:34
4.   'Tell me,' Sumire said… 00:07:08
5.   Chapter 5 00:05:44
6.   I started college and lived by myself in a small apartment. 00:06:30
7.   One Saturday at the beginning of July my class had an outing. 00:05:55
8.   I took a sip of my cold beer and gathered my thoughts. 00:05:34
9.   I was sitting on the bare floor of the new apartment… 00:06:43
10.   Chapter 6 00:06:29
11.   The Alfa Romeo we rented was a manual shift… 00:06:32

Disc 3

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Five days later… 00:07:52
2.   Chapter 7 00:07:23
3.   At dawn I boarded the Chuo Line to Shinjuku… 00:07:30
4.   The evening ferry was still in port. 00:07:34
5.   More than two thousand years ago… 00:07:19
6.   Miu popped an olive into her mouth… 00:07:51
7.   Chapter 8 00:05:40
8.   'Sumire and I got up early every morning…' 00:05:43
9.   'And what was the fate of the cats, one wonders,'… 00:05:49
10.   'Speaking of cats,' Sumire had blurted out… 00:06:44

Disc 4

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Chapter 9 00:05:38
2.   'What's the matter' Miu called out. 00:05:52
3.   Miu nodded and handed Sumire a fresh bath towel… 00:04:40
4.   I've never had a homosexual experience… 00:06:09
5.   I explained everything to one of the policemen… 00:05:42
6.   Chapter 10 00:06:21
7.   As the sun rose higher it grew fiercely hot. 00:07:46
8.   Chapter 11 00:07:26
9.   The joints of my hand and the rest of me… 00:07:25
10.   They say it's a dangerous experiment to include dreams… 00:07:53

Disc 5

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Chapter 12 00:06:31
2.   She was lucky enough to find a furnished apartment… 00:06:49
3.   Miu bought some ice cream and sat on a bench to eat it… 00:07:20
4.   Miu was dressed only in a light blouse and short cotton skirt… 00:07:56
5.   Miu's mind went blank. 00:07:20
6.   'Not being able to play the piano any more was definitely a shock…' 00:07:34
7.   Chapter 13 00:06:02
8.   What was she trying to convey 00:05:27
9.   In the end the phone didn't ring… 00:05:33
10.   An awful chill swept through me and I felt choked. 00:06:08

Disc 6

  Sputnik Sweetheart
1.   Chapter 14 00:07:43
2.   Before I knew it, the world around was drained of colour. 00:06:42
3.   Chapter 15 00:06:29
4.   My girlfriend had on a simple blue half - sleeve dress. 00:06:42
5.   Carrot had been staring the whole time at the floor… 00:06:07
6.   'OK - you're absolutely right.' 00:05:17
7.   She'd parked her red Toyota Celica in the parking lot… 00:06:38
8.   'When I entered college, though…' 00:06:27
9.   'Do you think my son senses what's going on' 00:05:50
10.   Chapter 16 00:06:07
11.   Lying there, I close my eyes for a time… 00:06:05
12.   I dream. 00:05:54

Total Playing Time: 07:05:26

Murakami, Haruki

Sims, Adam

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NA0165

Barcode: 9781843798040

Physical Release: 02/2014

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