Saturday, November 12, 2011

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood 
by Haruki Murakami

One of my favourite books is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. It's one of the most popular out there (or so I'm told, I'm always out of touch with what's popular!) but I discovered it through reading just two lines about it on someone else's blog, and had to buy it to read for myself.

What I love most about Norwegian Wood is its' pure simplicity in language. It was originally written in Japanese and translated across into every language imaginable, which astounds me so much. Although simple in language, every word is laced with emotion and historical references, giving you a lot of food for thought, and I genuinely could not put the book down!

My favourite chapters are the opening few chapters: they were so captivating to read, especially with references to 1960's Japanese student life, and brilliant characters, who I could relate to myself, although there are so many paragraphs I'd also love to pick out as pieces I loved.

I could relate to Toru, the main character whose voice the book is written in, as a student beginning his career and looking to "grow up" in a sense. There is a huge wealth of depth to the story that I can't even begin to relate to however, which makes Murakami's work even more amazing, in that I genuinely could imagine myself in the story.

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