With Norwegian Wood Murakami, best known as the author of off-kilter classics such as the Wind Up Bird Chronicle, A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard Boiled Wonderland, finally achieved widespread acclaim in his native Japan. The novel sold upwards of 4 million copies and forced the author t...more
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My most feared birthday was my 20th.
For people older than me, the most significant birthday was their 21st.
But when the age of legal adulthood was reduced to 18, turning 21 no longer had the same significance it once had.
Before then, you could be conscripted into the armed forces at 18, but you could not drink alcohol until you turned 21.
So, if you were old enough to die for your country, surely you were old enough to have a drink?
Either way, turning 20 for me meant that I had ...more
What can I say? There's too little of the characters that do spark my interest and much too much of the depressive girlfriend and her kooky friend at the mental institution. Also, the scenes which were supposed to be funny about his college roommate didn't intere ...more
She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood?
She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere,
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair.
I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed"
She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath
And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit ...more
The main protagonist takes you back to the 1960s and his youthful goings on with his peers, his adventures are steamy so comes with adult warning! The story is set in ...more
- Naoko about Norwegian Wood
“It makes me feel like I'm in a big meadow in a soft rain.”
- Naoko about Michelle.
“Thinking back on the year 1969, all that comes to mind for me is a swamp - a deep, sticky bog that feels as if it's going to suck off my shoe each time ...more
Though it's set in Japan, an ...more
"Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right"
Sometimes when you are sitting in peace, ensconced in the metaphorical warmth of a house and you hear the clock chime, making you realize that the time is running fast. It saddens you ...more
This book bugged the hell out of me for a few reasons:
#1. There is a somewhat extended passage devoted to a lesbian encounter that wouldn't be so terrible in and of itself, as sex in general is a major topic BUT the novel as a whole leaned towards describing the physiological experience the woman were having and would brush over the mens again and again. There would be like 5 paragraphs on the woman and then 1 sentence were it would say something along the lines of, "she took me in her han ...more
Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood evokes exactly similar kind of emotions in the reader.
There are some books you read, which leave you with sto ...more
Sometimes, I joke with my sister that she needs to expand her character repertoire. Usually, her stories feature a nerdy, lonely, odd teenage boy who's hopelessly in love with a girl, usually a manic pixie, who'll never have him. That boy spends most of his time staring at the girl, wondering if she likes another guy, complaining about how she treats him ...more
I have never been good at reading translations. It's always in the back of my mind that what I'm reading is not the piece in its original forms: it is not how the author originally wished it to be presented. I don't know, therefore, whether it is to Murakami or Norwegian Wood's translator Jay Rubin who I should give the credit for keeping me thoroughly engaged with this one.
I immediately connected to Toru, the narrator and prota ...more
When we read someone like him, we start expecting something new and better eve ...more
Turns out I can't find a SINGLE fuck to give. It takes forever to start, the characters are bland and absolutely unrealistic, they don't sound real, the sex is so unhealthy and weird and awkward, the narrator is pretentious as fuck, the dialogues are painful, and the plot -- huh, wait, there's no plot.
So yeah. Big, fat DNF.
We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.
I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.
I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.
Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?
The book fell that always close ...more
I straightened up and looked out the plane window at the dark clouds hanging over the North Sea, thinking of what I had lost in the course of my life: times gone forever, friends who had died or disappeared, feelings I would never know again.
I almost stopped reading after this maudlin and downbeat opening passage. There are doors that I have kept close for years, memories of my own I thought are better left alone there, regrets and lost connections with people that were at one time the most im ...more
In short, my fears were deftly allayed.
Norwegian Wood, while boasting none of that sur ...more
Norwegian Wood tem como personagem principal Toru Watanabe, um jovem estudante que vive em Tóquio onde pretende acabar o seu curso.
No decorrer dos próximos anos da sua vida existem personagens constantes em torno das quais o enredo gira. Não existem muitos personagens secundários ...more
Part of its attraction had to do with the feeling that I'm similar to--and that I strongly understand--the protagonist. Plus I've had my own complicated set of relationships recently, so the book hit ho ...more
...كانت هذه الرواية أول تجربة لي مع موراكامي
ولم تكن الأخيرة
بالرغم من أنها 398 صفحة تقريبا إلا أنني لم أشعر معها بالوقت
هكذا! تقرأ ولاتشعر بنفسك
شفافية الحوارات تأخذ بعقلك
الإهتمام بالتفاصيل تأخذ بعقلك
تلك التفاصيل التي تعيشك الحدث وكأنه موجود بالداخل
شخصيات غريبة كثيرة في هذه الرواية غير أن أسلوب الكاتب بالغ الشفافية وهذه ميزة يتميز بها أغلب من قرأتُ لهم في الأدب الياباني حيث لا تشعر متى بدأت ومتى انتهيت
أعجبتني لغة الكاتب وفلسفته حول الموت والحياة
وفي الرواية كان الجنس معضلة كما كان هو الحل
And while I love Murakami and could talk about his books all day, it really is difficult to try and b ...more
Sono di ritorno dal Giappone. Ci sono stata dalla fine degli anni '60 all'alba dei '70. Ho guardato le stagioni rincorrersi inesorabili e le notti succedersi ai giorni allungando le ombre sul selciato.
All'inizio ero titubante e poco attratta da questo libro. Sapevo che affrontava il tema del suicidio giovanile e questo mi scoraggiava un po'. Pensavo che sarebbe stata una lettura molto pesante e che, forse, non sarebbe stata ...more
Do "Kafka à Beira-Mar" gostei, mas o "Sputnik, meu amor" e o "Sono" aborreceram-me.
Este "Norwegian Wood", além de me aborrecer, irritou-me pois senti, algures, um "aroma" a homofobia, e não compreendi nem gostei de nenhuma personagem. Suicidam-se, deprimem-se, adoecem e conversam, conversam, conversam. E repetem-se, repetem-se, repetem-se.
Tudo "apimentado" com sexo. Muito sexo. Pensado, falado, esboçado, efectuado. Algum solitário, outro "servido" pelo el ...more
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Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am ...more