This is supposedly the novel that made "Haruki Murakami " famous . .
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.
Where do i begin? .... i assumed this book had a slow start but turns out that's how the entire story goes until the very end , There is no real story to be told , and the plot is boring and barely existing.
The characters don't spark any interest either , we have:
"Toru" a student who can't decide anything so instead he wallows in his self pity
"Naoko" a depressed girl who has no experience with the real world & her roommate "Reiko" who i still don't know what's her role in the story
"Midori" she's supposed to be the "independent and sexually liberated young woman" but throughout the story she is nothing but clingy and insecure, i swear i thought it was a joke with all that "oh please don't leave me" attitude. Actually here's one of her best moments *I'm being sarcastic *:
"I'm looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortbread. And you stop everything you're doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortbread out to me. And I say I don't want it any more and throw it out the window. That's what I'm looking for."
Wich of course made our hero "Toru" fall in love with her.
Really, there is no story .. , there is the usual weird sexual content that seems to be "Haruki "'s specialty. And oh! The ending was just horrible , the most weird ending you could ever read .
I realise that maybe his books aren't for me , so this is the last book I'll read by him.
I would not recommend this book to anyone , or maybe i Would , just to have someone to talk to about that creepy ending.