Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami


Translated from Japanese, Norwegian Wood tells the story of Toru, a serious and brooding university student with a devotion to Naoko who are bonded together by the tragedy of their best friends death. As he adapts to life on campus and faces loneliness he starts to become drawn to fascinating women and fills it with new experiences and as Naoko finds the pressure of life difficult along comes Midori who develops a friendship with Toru.

In the city of Tokyo the thought provoking novel goes through themes that many people in their late teens and twenties can relate to as well as more critical tales, highlighting areas of depression, relationships and other life struggles. While reading I found myself immersed in Murakami's writing and the simple yet carefully chosen words that bring you into the mind of a young man with insightful reflections on the way that people act with one another and attitudes towards natural events. Described in a way a lot like how I would go through my own memories, going into great detail with the important moments yet not lingering on every little thing. Right now after reading this novel I would quite happily take a plane ride to Tokyo, experiencing the culture, eating the food and meeting the people of the thriving city as well as the surrounding towns. For now I will settle with adding every other book Murakami has written until then.

xo Natasha
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