Reflection on: Norwegian Wood

If there was one book that I had to take with me if the world was ending it is Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood.

The story is told through the perspective of Toru Watanabe, a misanthropic coming-of-age guy making his way through college. I can relate with him due to his preference to living alone and independently. The writing is exquisite. The settings are so beautifully described and I can’t help but vividly imagine my being there in the story.

The main theme deals with suicides and depression, along with the coming-of-age issues that Toru faces, so the whole atmosphere feels kind of dark and somewhat disturbing. However, there are various comedic elements spread throughout the story that alleviate that, for example Midori with her wild imaginations that appear in even the unlikeliest of situation… and she isn’t afraid of explicitly expressing them. Toru himself is a real deadpan that his “poker-faced” response to conversations are occasionally funny.

The book just calls to be read over and over again because once I finished reading it kept opening the first page and reread it all over again. It’s that beautiful.

Totally, totally loved it.

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