I’m now in an ingrate position, trying to tell you about this book because I’m sure that any reader has different feelings and opinions about this lecture. “Norwegian Wood” (1987) is definitely that kind of story that can awake mixed and conflicting emotions.
Politics, sexuality and a youthful love story
Haruki Murakami writes down the story of a Japanese guy, Toru Watanabe and his love for Naoko, the girlfriend of his dead friend. Their complicated student relationship takes place into the strange atmosphere of the ‘60s and it is accompanied by sexual scenes, musical soirees in the student’s hall, images of death, big hopes and hard disappointments.
The book is written as a journal, with pretty many descriptions, deep thoughts, and carefully chosen words.
Even if it seems like an easy to read book, I wouldn’t recommend you to read it in a weekend, because you would superficially pass through important details. Take your time and enjoy, analyze and absorb one of Murakami’s best scripts.
Even if it didn’t win any prize, “Norwegian Book” became a runaway success in Japan and made Murakami a world-wide famous author.
The book was screened in 2010, by the director Tran Anh Hung.