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Trashcanman
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes I feel so- I don‘t know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you‘re used to has been ripped away. Like there‘s no more gravity, and I‘m left to drift in outer space with no idea where I‘m going‘
Like a little lost Sputnik?‘
I guess so.

BarbaraBB Beautiful quote 💔 7h
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 6h
Velvetfur 💜 5h
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MattBailey
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Pickpick

I originally bought the book, this shows a lack of research on my part, as a history of Japanese baseball. It does delve into a little bit of the history of baseball in Japan, as well as thoroughly show examples of American individualism versus Japanese “Wa", harmony, unity, and conformity to the team. Interestingly enough the author, Robert Whiting, was banned from the Tokyodome by the Yomiuri Giants for some of his articles he wrote about them.

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TheEllieMo
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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1. The tagged book is a whimsical Japanese novel about a man whose life is enriched by an old lady who helps him out in his food stall. I loved it.

2. Flying, I think.

3. Gemini

4. Dressing up vintage-style for Gloucester Goes Retro tomorrow, no idea after that!!

5. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

TheSpineView Flying would be a cool super power! 15h
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underground_bks
Wild Sheep Chase | Haruki Murakami
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Pickpick

A Wild Sheep Chase is my first Murakami! The synopsis cannot do it justice, but an ad executive in 1978 uses a postcard image of sheep in an ad and suddenly finds himself (and his psychic ear-modeling girlfriend) on a literal wild sheep chase under pressure from a powerful right wing boss. This book runs on dream logic, but it‘s more vivid, strange, & real than any dream I‘ve ever had. I feel kind of hypnotized! What Murakami would you recommend?

DrexEdit I loved The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and the chunker 1Q84. 16h
Billypar Wind-Up is my favorite, but I would also recommend the follow-up to Wild Sheep Chase, Dance Dance Dance. I liked it even more than WSC, but it's in the same vein, another dark and bizarre mystery. 14h
cathysaid Yes! I echo these two choices by @DrexEdit 12h
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underground_bks @DrexEdit yeah 1Q84 intimidates me! But I‘ve heard only the highest praise for it! 11h
underground_bks @cathysaid I may do Wind Up Bird Chronicle next time! 11h
underground_bks @Billypar looks like my next one will be Wind-Up! I love being in the Murakami club! 11h
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rmaclean4
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Weekend plans!!

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Maria514626
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Mehso-so

This started strong but left a lot of loose threads. The author brought up too many personality traits and plot points for such a small book. Still, I loved the MC. I wish he was my neighbor. I‘d invite him over for sandwiches after school. #readaroundtheworld

ladym30 What a sweet pup!❤️ 1d
Maria514626 Thanks, @ladym30! He's quite cozy! 12h
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Maria514626
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Al Pacino! I love these kids. #readaroundtheworld

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Maria514626
Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Good point from the as-yet-unnamed, 4th-grade narrator. #readaroundtheworld

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kathedron
The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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How beautiful is this?
Miss K and I went to see the final part of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery's Japanese print exhibition: nature and seasons. I thought of the Littens even here as there were some prints by Utagawa Hiroshige from a series called "Famous Places in Edo and Murasaki's Genji". This is "Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple" where Murasaki is said to have begun "The Tale of Genji" on the night of the full moon of the 8th month of AD 1004.

Oryx Beautiful! 2d
saresmoore Oh, that is so cool! And the painting is lovely. 2d
batsy That is gorgeous and it sounds like an amazing exhibit! 2d
youneverarrived So beautiful! 2d
Reggie Awesome! 1d
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Well-ReadNeck
Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Pickpick

A lovely, quirky little novel.

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