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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
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Feb 19, 12


I wanted to like this book more than I did. The main story between the narrator, Toru, and the ex-girlfriend, Naoko, of his adolescent friend is beautiful. The deaths they both experience, and the love between them, is a great story, even in its somewhat expected star-crossed lovers format. I also liked the side story of Toru's player buddy, the college star who used women and gave Toru some of his only chances to get together with women. But then the classmate of Toru's who decides she's in love with him flattens the story to much for me. That girl, an aggressive, intensely-sex focused gal, was so annoying and one-dimensional having her in the book diluted my understanding of who Toru was and diluted the book in general. She was like the formulaic female character in a bad Woody Allen movie, while Naoko, and her roomate at the hospital too, had depth and texture to their personalities. A bit too much of a schism between these relationships for me to rate the book much higher.
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