Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

unnamed (4)Synopsis: First American Publication

This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.

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.

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age,Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.

Date Published: 1987

Publisher: Vintage Books

Date Read: April 2013


I have so many feelings after reading this book, but most of it was sadness, like a hole was left inside me. I can’t quite put my finger into it. This book was just painstakingly beautiful and true. I found wisdom in this book, like it has summed up life itself. It is my first Haruki Murakami novel and I was not disappointed. This book was beautifully written and carefully laid out. It was not written to please the readers, it was written from what the author truly feels and I think that is amazing.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Patience is the most important thing. We have to go on unraveling the jumbled threads one at a time, without losing hope.


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