Book Review: Norwegian Wood

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh. My. God. I almost missed the bus today because I waited on the side of the street while reading this book! The bus driver nicely stopped, although I was completely oblivious of my sorroundings (I was in the hill of Kyoto -somewhere in the middle of the book).

Finally done with this “easy” contemporary novel. Some analysis I read afterwards discuss the symbolism and relevance of each and every little details. As for me, I’m happy to get something out of this novels.

One sure thing: he’s not a lazy author. His descriptions are not lazy although rather devoid of feelings.

I find the constant pre-occupation with death and sex prompting me to wonder whether this captures the reality of that time and place. However, at the end of the day, it’s a character’s story. It doesn’t matter how many people relate to it, the work deserves existence for being itself.



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