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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
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Jan 22, 2008

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Read in March, 2008

It's been about ten years since I read any Murakami. When I read it then it was as part of a 'get to know some Japanese literature' thing I was trying. My Japanese friend told me that her friends all liked Murakami, but that her father disapproved. He recommended Mishima.

I think when I read Murakami then I thought he was ok, but possibly trying too hard to write a Western worshipping Japanese novel.

Apparently 'Norwegain Wood' is the most widely read Murakami. But I think its appeal might be a case of hype. Perhaps the sex scenes shock / appeal. I found them to a be a bit sterile.

Overall I reacted to this novel in a similar way to how I feel about most books by Milan Kundera. I was engaged throughout, it was well written. But come the end I couldnt really see the point. I dont know what Murakami is trying to say, he writes like he has a really important point to make, and every page it is just around the corner, but we never quite get there.
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