Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood 1

by Haruki Murakami

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/04/2003

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When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki.

Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

ISBN:
9780099448822
9780099448822
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-04-2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x25mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year.

More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry.

In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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  • An enjoyable experience.

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    Like all of Murakami's novels, I became immersed in this story and while I normally despise love triangles, I think this one was written in a subtle manner which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved how I could feel the Japanese culture permeate through this novel despite the fact that it was translated into English and there's this sense of nostalgia in Norwegian Wood that mirrors the feelings of 1980s Japan on the brink of change. For those who have not yet Murakami's other works, I highly recommend you to.

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