Book 77: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

PIMG_0211Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Finished reading on September 28, 2013

Rating 9/10

Norwegian Wood is an intertwining story of the lives of several people in 1968-1970 in Japan. The main character and narrator is Toru Watanabe, who is studying at a university and living in a dormitory. It is a time of student uprisings and seems like an interesting period.

The main story revolves around Watanabe’s friend Naoko, who was Watanebe’s best friend’s, Kizaki’s,  girlfriend.   Kizaki committed suicide and left Naoko in a rather odd state and that’s what Watanabe has to deal with in the book. But naturally being a student, he’s not cut off from other people. He meets a girl named Midori in a lecture, they become friends, but then there’s a lot going on in Midori’s life and drama ensues…

In some ways it’s kind of philosophical, showing different ways of looking at life and even studying and relationships.

It was a really good read.

And a movie was made based on this book.




One thought on “Book 77: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

  1. I’ve read this novel 3 times, and each time I find something new. Murakami’s aesthetic combines beauty and sadness, juxtaposing them in ways that are so moving. The movie version is great too. It’s rare, I think at least, to find a film based on a novel that is so well adapted. Tran Anh Hung did an amazing job directing the movie, each frame seems so carefully composed, like a painting.

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