Norwegian Wood Vol. 1 (ノルウェイの森 #1)
Which means I have to read another half of this at some point. Which I wouldn't mind, as Murakami's prose and dreamy style are intoxicating while imposing a sense of melancholy inevitability that creates a profound experience for the reader. His people are plausibly real, and one feels transported to Japan, 1969.
I can just tell this doesn't end well. Despite the opportunity to read more about Midori, I feel nothing but foreboding for the back half of this boo ...more
Twenty-two years ago, in 1990 Tokyo, Alfred Birnbaum's translation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood left me unmoved. My attachment to old Japan, traditional Japan, was still strong then. And it is not dead now. But after living in Japan for six years after that, I made peace with modern, urban Japanese life, it seems—a deal with the Devil, some may say. Now, after reading six of Murakami's other novels, I'm revisiting Norwegian Wood and find it better, much better, than before. (The same thin...more
The book seems to be for a slowly reading - just enjoy the language an ...more
5/08 - I am going to read more of this author. I also liked this translation. It was a little bit old timey but maybe that's how he writes. I'll never know. I'm a sucker for good story organization and appropriate revelation timing. This book had all of it, and really did an amazing job of conveying this quiet sadness and lonelines ...more
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