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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
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May 11, 2012

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After only reading my first Murakami novel a few months ago, and enjoying it against the odds (such as the countless "If you're new to Murakami, you'll probably hate 1Q84..." Amazon reviews I trawled through) I was keen to get stuck into what is often perceived as his finest. Although I wasn't disappointed with Norwegian Wood, there were a number of elements to the story that were slightly niggling, e.g. the slightly corny introduction and close from the grown up Toru; the 1960s backdrop, which didn't especially enhance the story; his fascination with boobs. Nonetheless, I was pleased with the wide variety of characters, each who had very individual personalities of their own, especially Reiko, who proved to be a far more interesting than her ill-fated friend, Naoko, whose fragility I found so tediously drawn out. I also felt that narrator, Toru could've done with a smack in the face at times - and was pleased when Midori put her foot down to his vapidness when no one could hear my screams at the page.


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