Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

norwegian-wood-haruki-murakami“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.”

I’ve been meaning to read a Murakami for a while now and various sources recommended starting here. While I kept feeling like nothing was happening, I found strangely drawn to the world and couldn’t quite leave the book alone. It’s largely a romance, which really isn’t my thing, but I appreciate the exploration of one’s relationship to the past and the protagonist was easy to spend time with. I rather enjoyed the meandering pace and melancholic tone of the writing and I would try another Murakami no problem. And hey, it made me want to visit Japan and listen to more jazz, and for that I give it
4stars
MA

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