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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
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Norwegian Wood (original 1987; edition 2000)

by Haruki Murakami (Author), Jay Rubin (Translator)

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Toru Watanabe, 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.… (more)
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Title:Norwegian Wood
Authors:Haruki Murakami (Author)
Other authors:Jay Rubin (Translator)
Info:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2000), Edition: First Paperback Edition, 298 pages
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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987)

  1. 81
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (philrafferty)
    philrafferty: Murakami's masterwork.
  2. 115
    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (hippietrail, Jannes)
    Jannes: Many interesting parallells, and the protagonist of Norwegian Wood compares himself with Holden Caulfield from Catcher on several occations.
  3. 40
    1Q84 Book 1 by Haruki Murakami (jalonsoarevalo)
    jalonsoarevalo: MAravillosa recreación tomando como letmotiv el libro de Orwell 1984
  4. 10
    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Lex23)
    Lex23: Both books beautifully describe a difficult relationship between a man and a woman with a psychiatric background
  5. 10
    In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan (ursula)
    ursula: Murakami is influenced by Brautigan. Both are simple but weird tales of love and life.
  6. 00
    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (aprille)
  7. 11
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (PaulBerauer)
  8. 00
    Who is Mr Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee (alzo)
  9. 00
    Socrates In Love: Novel (Socrates in Love) by Kyoichi Katayama (alalba)
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This was my first Murakami, and I absolutely loved it.
My favorite elements in this book were the writing, and the impressions and thoughts of its characters. However, I didn't find myself very interested in the main story (it was, after all, a complicated love story and nothing more); despite that, I was disappointed in the ending. Perhaps I expected something more since it didn't come to a full circle with the beginning.
I regret waiting this long (3 months on my shelf) to read it, but at least now I know that Murakami is a wonderful author and that I should read the rest of his books without hesitation. ( )
  womanwoanswers | Dec 23, 2022 |
U buồn và đẹp. Nhưng một điểm trừ không thể chấp nhận được: sex trong Rừng Nauy thừa và thô. Giống như trên đường nhiều lần vấp phải ổ gà, giật cục giật cục, mỗi lần đến một đoạn sex là lại mặt nhăn mày nhíu, cảm hứng đang lên cao tụt xuống âm vô cùng.

Đọc xong nhớ nhất là Naoko, tuổi trẻ của cô ấy, sự ám ảnh của cô ấy, nỗi buồn của cô ấy. Yêu một người đến vậy mà không tài nào gần gũi được, ở bên nhau mà rốt cuộc vẫn không cứu rỗi nhau thoát khỏi cảm giác chông chênh, cứ như vậy mà đau khổ, cứ như vậy mà rớt xuống vực. Rồi lại tiếp tục yêu, nhưng không dám nhận, dằn vặt, tự trách mình, rồi loay hoay cố gắng thoát ra, nhưng không thoát được. Rồi tự sát.

Còn Midori thì giống như cái tên của cô, đem đến cảm giác tươi mới và trẻ trung của một mầm cây, khát khao và đòi hỏi ánh sáng của cuộc sống chiếu rọi lên mình. Một cô gái cá tính và kỳ lạ, không chịu ép mình vào khuôn khổ. Dễ thương như một chú gấu mùa xuân.

Naoko tự sát ở tuổi 21. Midori sống tiếp, mầm cây bé nhỏ mạnh mẽ vươn cao, tỏa bóng mát an lành, trở thành chốn dừng chân cho người ấy nằm xuống nghỉ ngơi.

Các nhân vật trong Rừng Nauy đều chật vật tìm kiếm thứ gì đó, hoặc thiếu hụt hoặc đã từng có nhưng đã đánh mất.
Thế nên rất tự nhiên mà lặng lẽ đến gần nhau.

Hiểu được nhưng không đồng cảm được. Hiểu được nhưng không thích được.


(Nhân nói chuyện sex thừa và thô, có một bạn nhận xét thế này: "I read a while ago that Murakami was proposed for a "Bad sex in fiction" award, and he deserves it[...] completely unnecessary sex scenes, unrelated to the story, and in their sheer frequency just plain boring.")

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  oceaninmypocket | Nov 30, 2022 |
I liked this book, but I struggled with the meaning. I also took a break in the middle of reading it due to some unforeseen circumstances so I didn't have an uninterrupted reading which is always a little disorienting. It reminded me of reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. It's like I was reading it on one level yet I knew it was trying to convey something on a different level, but I was struggling to understand what that was. I ended up using an online lit guide to help me understand the ending. ( )
  paroof | Nov 27, 2022 |
This is the first time I have read one of Murakami’s novels and I am impressed. This book is beautifully written – Murakami’s style is elegant and atmospheric. In Norwegian Wood, he explores love, loss, fear, and memory.

As the book opens, protagonist Toru Watanabe is looking back on his college days, seventeen years past. He had moved from Kobe to Tokyo to study at Waseda University after suffering the loss of his best friend, Kizuki, to suicide. The story follows Toru’s relationships with two young women – Naoko, his friend and Kizuki’s girlfriend, and Midori, an eccentric college classmate. Naoko is struggling to overcome severe mental health issues, which leads her to a secluded sanctuary in the countryside. Midori has had a rough early life with parents that paid little attention to her, and she has developed a bold and unconventional approach to life. All three try to overcome painful memories and find their way in the world, some more successfully than others.

This is a powerful story about grappling with loneliness and depression. It portrays how sex and love can be both positive and negative forces. Toru attempts to break through grief and find a path to a happier life. He wants to help Naoko get back to the world of the living. Midori holds a more optimistic attitude toward life despite her earlier hardships. The supporting characters are well-developed and lend depth to the narrative. This book stimulates reflection and will linger in my thoughts.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |

Mid 4/5

From what I get, this book is themed around loop of despair and breaking it. Kizuki committed suicide so it affects Naoko mentally. Toru is the only one who could save Naoko from her despair. But Toru failed and now he is in the same place as Naoko was and Midori is the only one who could save him. And if she failed, the loop would continue until it breaks.
And we can see from the start and end that the loop is broken.

Better than Kafka On The Shore, fight me >;) ( )
  DaVarPhi | Aug 18, 2022 |
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Chancer, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elbrich FennemaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nolla, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Toru Watanabe, 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.

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