the price of gasoline

Sputnik Sweetheart
by Haruki Murakami

Quotes

“I opened the diary first. It was written in her usual handwriting. Nothing leaped out at me. It was just information about where they went. Who they saw. Names of hotels. The price of gasoline. Dinner menus. Brands of wine and what they had tasted. Basically just a list. A lot of pages were blank. Keeping a diary wasn’t one of Sumire’s strong points, apparently.”

“I rallied my scattered thoughts.”

“you could count on her to lose her ticket every time she rode the train. She’d get so engrossed in her thoughts at times she’d forget to eat.”

“gave herself up to aimless musings.”

“I was still young, certain that this kind of thrilling event happened all the time. Later in life I realized how wrong I was.”

“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 headed.”

“She can drive for hours and never seem to mind.”

“It was an impressive sight, something I wanted to clip out with scissors and pin to the wall of my memory.”

“…the sky was a brilliant splash of colors, the kind of air that felt like if you breathed it in, your lungs would be dyed the same shade of blue.”

“The beach was deserted. — This beach was a little too quiet for a person to visit alone, a little too beautiful. It made me imagine a certain way of dying.”

“Did I do what was right? I didn’t think so. I’d only done what was necessary for me. There’s a big difference.”

“From my own experience, I could predict the shape their pain would take.”

Back cover:
“…lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.”