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review 2018-12-09 17:56
Simply sublime
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

A few years ago I read "What I talk about when I talk about running" which was an introduction to the wonderful world and easy writing style of Haruki Murakami. Why it has taken me so long to read more of his works I do not understand but having just finished the astounding Norwegian Wood I plan to read everything that this truly wonderful author has ever written. Norwegian Wood takes place at the end of the 60's and early 70's and follows the adventure and student life of Toru Watanabe and his love and torn loyalties for two women :Naoko (girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki who committed suicide by hanging) and an impulsive young woman called Midori, one representing the future and one the past.


This story is a celebration of life at a time when free love was the norm and the songs of the Beatles were changing the face of popular music and culture as we knew it. Through Watanabe we enter a world of easy friendships and relationships, a world of casual sex and untimely death mixed with pain and suffering loss and desire. I loved the easy manner that Murakami told his story a simple style yet with every sentence having a deep impact on the reader as we are taken on a memorable journey following the highs and lows of a group of young people at an impressionable time in their lives and in an ever changing world...simply wonderful and inspiring. Highly Recommended.

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text 2018-12-07 08:18
Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 296 pages.
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

This is superb writing the only other book I have read by Haruki Murakami is What I talk about when I talk about running. In Norwegian Wood the writing is effortless and just flows the pages pass by I so look forward to reading more by this literary genius...

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review 2017-03-22 15:04
Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

Beautifully written and well executed. Unfortunately, by choosing the emotionally distant writing style it fails to move me as a reader.

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review 2016-06-27 15:17
Norwegian Wood By Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

This is supposedly the novel that made "Haruki Murakami " famous . .


     summary :


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.


       review :


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.

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review 2016-03-26 20:12
they are all images of the same person
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

"I'm finished as a human being," she said. "All you're looking at is the lingering memory of what I used to be. The most important part of me, what used to be inside, died years ago, and I'm just functioning by auto-memory." p343

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