When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is ...Show synopsisWhen he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.Hide synopsis
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This was my second Murakami book and now I want to read everything he has written. His prose is meaningful, achingly honest and often whimsically descriptive. I fell in love with all of the characters. I delayed finishing the book for two days so that the experience of being in the process of reading the book would last longer. This is definitely one book I will read again.
While this doesn't have the surrealism of some of my favorite Murakami novels, Norwegian Wood is a simply beautiful story of love, loss and sadness - themes that pervade all of his works. It's one of his most popular novels and captures a sad but sweet story of a man in love with a troubled woman, and his life with and without her. If you like this, it's a nice first step into the brilliant world of Murakami. After this (and, perhaps, South of the Border, West of the Sun), things get a little wackier - in a good way.
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