This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.
Toru, 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.
A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Paperback: 400 Pages
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 2.29 x 10.67 x 17.53 CM
Shipping Weight: 0.20 Kg
It's the first time I read a Murakami and the style was very strange at first. It wasn't straight sailing for me and I had to push myself to keep on reading at first. Then, you not only get used to it but learn to enjoy its simplicity. This is weird, but it was somewhat relaxing to read. It's not easy to describe.
I forgot when I first read this book, but last year, I decided to reread it. And oh boy, did it still hurt. First of all, it's Murakami. Second of all, it's Norwegian Wood. Picking up this book to read sent me chills as if I was invited to those forests in Norway, all covered in white and cold. I have always associated Norway with something lonely and when I read this book, that's what I felt. Lonely and lonely and lonely. Not that I am complaining though. There is something in those flowing words that make me feel like life is just like this and no matter how many people that come to our lives, we will always be alone in the end. Somehow, I feel like I live as the... See More
This is the first Haruki Murakami novel that I read and I really surprised how much I love it. His writing style is a bit unusual, weird even. But at the same time, he can write such a mundane event/things in such an interesting way. I love how he describe the things and even, it feels like dreaming with your eyes open. After reading this one book in particular, I bought way so many books that he had written and I love each book. This one book is a great place to start.
It is the type of book with slow story, sometime is strange and lonely, but life can still be beautiful.
It is story that give you the feeling that life sometime is strange and lonely, dark and depressing. But after all, life can still be beautiful.