Haruki Murakami Message Board

Kate posts on 8/2/2005 3:59:54 PM Well, I think this book is very interesting. Adventure combined with philosofical aspects make the book exciting and thrilling. The end is quite hard to understand, but it is well worth reading and thinking upon. Haruki Murakami is a great author and I will definately read more of his books.
Barney posts on 2/2/2005 3:55:57 AM Does anyone have any thoughts as to the significance of the last paragraph of 'Sputnik Swetheart', where the narrator "stare(s) at the palms of (his) hands, looking for bloodstains"? It's been puzzling me...or is my sense that, because it ends the book it must be significant, inconsistent with Murakami's not-so-linear style? Surely it's not supposed to be a clue that the narrator has done something violent to someone is it? Do you think it relates to Sumire's line about having to metaphorically cut the throat of a dog and spill blood, as in the blessing of Chinese gates?
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