Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

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The tragic death of their best friend has a profound influence on the passionate relationship between Toro, a serious young college student in Tokyo, and Naoko, an introspective beauty.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, c2000
ISBN: 9780307950628
Branch Call Number: MURAK
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rubin, Jay 1941-

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Zipper67
Jun 07, 2021

I kept waiting for this book to get better. It never did. If you're depressed, don't read this book! Take it off the list of recommendations.

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calc1fer
Aug 25, 2020

although i've heard many good things about this book, it's quite possibly the worst book i've ever read-- i don't believe i've ever regretted reading something more. the only good parts in this book were the way murakami described the settings and wrote the ending paragraph. in all other aspects, a 15 year old tumblr fanfiction writer would triumph. also: i didn't expect to see such explicit erotica, but believe me when i say the way it's written makes one feel sick. nothing about the sexual scenes were enticing, and i firmly believe the 15 year old tumblr girl could do a 100% better job than he did. god awful. the way that nearly every female character in the book is seduced by the narrator's "catcher in the rye" style of talking, is so.. stupid. every girl he encounters, he ends up having a "happy ending" with. it's disgusting! don't waste your time. especially if you are younger than 18, like me. i wish i never read this disgusting book. i forced myself, thinking it would get better. the ending is alright, but not worth what vileness i had to expose my young mind to. i regret reading this disgusting book.

edit: i dont regret it that much anymore. i guess i learned a bit about loss and love. but still. 2.5/5 at best.

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beetlebaily
Mar 07, 2020

It is a very poignant "young man growing up" story and a love story. very well written. Gave it a rating of 4 out of 5.

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AAntosz
Feb 20, 2020

I could see, smell, taste and feel Murakami's words in this beautiful heartbreaking love story.

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swathikilingaru
Sep 26, 2019

Well written, interesting book to read.

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EljayJohnson
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.

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carolwu96
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 :)

jessebraydon 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.

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LucasHill
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.

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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.

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angrytoast
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

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Mar 09, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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