Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

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Toru Watanabe, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., ©2000.
ISBN: 9780375704024
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rubin, Jay 1941-- Translator


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Sep 26, 2019

Well written, interesting book to read.

Jul 14, 2019

Remember that scene in "Silver Linings Playbook" when the Bradley Cooper character reads the last page of a book, slams it shut, yells "What the f**k?" and throws it out the window? Yes, well.

Truly one of the worst reading experiences I've ever had. Of course, I've read trash that was worse, but this tops the list because of its critical acclaim and the expectation that there would be value here. Nope. As painful as Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood."

It also has the distinction of the most poorly written and conceived sex/"love" scenes I've ever read.

Jun 15, 2019

Haruki Murakami is a prominent Japanese writer who also enjoys prestige in the English and Chinese literary worlds. I read a Chinese translation of one of his earlier works, Norwegian Woods, after coming back from #Europe . I’ve always been easily influenced by literature and often notice my writing style change after focusing on particular pieces of literature, but this piece affected me more than usual. The plot is simple: a college student reminisces about his love for the girlfriend of his dead friend, and the various other relationships he has had while she recuperates in a mental health facility.
In fact, the plot is so slow that it almost reminds me of #VirginiaWoolf . But his style — I am not sure whether this is the way it was intended or whether it’s just the translation — left me with a tingling that was difficult to explain. All I can say is his language, while plain, touched some unknown chord and invoked some forgotten desire deep inside the reader (not gonna say me because it’s cheesy). A coming-of-age story and one of love and self-exploration, the reader is led through a similar journey of her own.
Pic 2 was a quick capture of emotions I posted online while still reading and pic 3 is its English translation. .
For more reviews and to see short responses I wrote to this work, check out my Instagram @RandomStuffIRead :)

IndyPL_TimothyV Apr 16, 2019

The novel that propelled Haruki Murakami to fame within Japan is still one of his best. Vaguely autobiographical, without the magical overtones of much of the rest of his work, Norwegian Wood is a concise novel of grief, loss, and growing up.

Oct 29, 2018

My absolute favourite Murakami novel. He writes with such poetic but simple language. Very dark and depressing with a musical backdrop that compliments the story well. It takes a piece of you and has no chance of giving it back. This book is not a love story, although it seems like it may be. Read with caution this is a book of erotic, poetic, dark and hopeful thoughts.

Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

Colors shone with exceptional clarity in the rain. The ground was a deep black, the pine branches a brilliant green, the people wrapped in yellow looking like special spirits that were allowed to wander over the earth on rainy mornings only.

Apr 22, 2017

A young milquetoast navigates early adulthood, ennui and romantic decisions all with hints of societal uproar in late 1960s Japan. This definitely rings true about early male adulthood. The more Murakami I read, the more he becomes my favorite Asian writer.

Jan 28, 2017

I was deeply moved by this heartfelt story about love and loss set in Japan during the 1960s. As this was my first encounter with a Murakami book, I'm looking forward to reading more Murakami this year.

SPL_Stephanie Sep 21, 2016

In his renowned book Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami follows the fractured relationship of two college lovers that are faced with a harrowing tragedy and academic pressures. The haunting story uses dialogue and letters to bring readers into the crippling depression faced by the main character. If you like the complexity and alienation found in the writing of Neil Gaiman or the character-driven focus of Jennifer Egan, you will enjoy this touching coming-of-age story.

Jun 01, 2016

I think I loved everything about this book apart from its setting and title. I could have done without the somewhat distracting 60s Beatlemania stuff, but otherwise a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of young love with superb characters.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.

Mar 09, 2011

By living our lives, we nurture death. True as this might be, it was only one of the truths we had to learn.

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Mar 09, 2011

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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