Haruki Murakami: ノルウェイの森 Noruwei no Mori



Twenty RevolutionsThe birthday I feared most was my 20thFor people older than me the most significant birthday was their 21stBut when the age of legal adulthood was reduced to 18 turning 21 no longer had the same significance it once hadBefore then you could be conscripted into the armed forces at 18 but you could not drink alcohol until you turned 21 So if you were old enough to die for your country surely you were old enough to have a drinkEither way turning 20 for me meant that I had ceased to be a teenager a roup of people linked only by the fact that their age ended in the suffix teen but still it felt special not belonging to the Dancing with Mr. Darcy grown up crowdOn the other side of 20 you emerge from university if you ve been lucky enough too there and dive straight into full time employment maturity responsibility expectations and adulthoodSuddenly things are all a lot serious permanent less experimental or this is how it seemsJapanese StyleHaruki Murakami writes about the Japanese experience in Norwegian Wood It s set in the years 1968 to 1970 so it mightn t be the same nowHowever it seems that the transition into adulthood is demanding stressfulIt also seems that there are casualties teenagers fail to make the transition and end up committing suicideMurakami writes about the transition almost like it s a Lesca game of snakes and laddersYou can climb into the future success and normality or you can slide into darkness failure and deathWell WellMurakami s protagonist Toru Watanabe pictures the darkness as a well like abyss early in the novel when he recounts the events of a day he spent with theirl he longs for Naoko I can describe the well in minute detail It lay precisely on the border where the meadow ended and the woods began a dark opening in the earth a yard across hidden by Sharpes Trafalgar grass Nothing marked its perimeter no fence no stone curb at least not one that rose aboveround level It was nothing but a hole a wide open mouthYou could lean over the edge and peer down to see nothing All I knew about the well was its frightening depth It was deep beyond measuring and crammed full of darkness as if all the world s darknesses had been boiled down to their ultimate density As a teenager Toru s life had been fairly innocuous he had been playing in a meadow compared with the thicket that awaited him in the futureBut first he had to avoid the well in making the transitionAs his friend Reiko says in another context She and I were bound together at the border between life and death There is a sense in which we have to negotiate the boundaries as safely as we can to cross the border and close the apIf we are lucky we can do it togetherUnfortunately not everybody is destined to make it into the forest and out the other sideVanishing ActThe overwhelming feel of reading Norwegian Wood is one of being in a blank dream like ethereal worldAlthough Murakami describes people surroundings and objects with precision it all seems other worldly as if everybody lives and breathes in a world beyond this worldThere is a sense that at any moment it could all disappear that it might all just be part of some cosmic vanishing actEven if we make it through we might turn around and discover that some of our friends haven t been so lucky Talking about My GenerationMost of the action in the novel is dialogue the characters talking about themselves and their relationshipsThey are preoccupied with themselves introspective and self centred They converse they play folk songs on the uitar they write letters that are later burnedNobody makes anything that will last other than perhaps themselves and the relationships that are able to survive into adulthoodThey struggle for permanence when everything else around them is ephemeralEven their memories fadeIn the frightful silence of the forest Naoko asks Toru I want you always to remember me Will you remember that I existed and that I stood next to you here like this Of course he responds that he will although 20 years later he finds that his memory has His To Protect grown increasingly dim What if I ve forgotten the most important thing What if somewhere inside me there is a dark limbo where all the truly important memories are heaped and slowly turning into mudthe thought fills me with an almost unbearable sorrow To which he adds Because Naoko never loved me Norwegian Wood The Beatles song features throughout the novelIt s a favourite of Naoko s and Reiko plays it freuently on heruitarFor much of the novel the lyrics could describe Toru s relationship with Naoko and his other love interest Midori I once had a irl or should I say she once had me There is a sense of sadness in the sexual subject matter of this novel almost as if it s been written in a minor keyReiko sums up the Beatles pretty accurately Those uys sure knew something about the sadness of life she says before adding and Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) gentleness almost as an afterthoughtShe Never Loved MeI love all of this talk of love and longing and loss and loneliness and labyrinths all the L wordsNot everybody feels the same thoughYou should have heard my wife FM Sushi when she noticed my tears and stole a look at what I was reading Why don t these people just stop moaning andet a life Can t they just Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? grow up for chrissake Everybody s responsible for their own orgasm Then she flicked the book back at me across the room adding defiantly and defeating my prospects that night in one fell swoop Especially you I pick up the book find my place and resume reading where I left off page 10 eually defiantly and aloud Because Naoko never loved me My wife turns her back on me as I snicker at her lack of understanding of myentle sideGrowing Up How Strange the Change from Minor to MajorStill a few hundred pages later I am stunned by her prescienceToru Catwoman grows up in Murakami s delicate handsHe has to stop dreaming he has to live in the present he has to embrace the now that is in front of him he has to love the one he s with He has to distance himself from the past so that it becomes just a lingering memoryReiko tells him You re allrown up now so you have to take responsibility for your choices Otherwise you ruin everything Midori who he has ummed and ahhed about tells him you well you re special to me When I m with you I feel something is just right I believe in you I like you I don t want to let you Baby Legacy (So Many Babies go In the pouring rain she reveals to Toru she has broken up with the boyfriend that has prevented her from committing to him Why he asks Are you crazy she screams You know the English subjunctive you understand trigonometry you can read Marx and you don t know the answer to something as simple as thatThen in a scene that could come straight out of Casablanca she says Drop the damn umbrella and wrap both your arms around me hard How did FM Sushi know this would happenThat Toru wouldrow up and et a irl not just any Langlais correct pour les Nuls girlThat they would fall in love and not into a deep dark wellStill I prefer Murakami s way of telling the storyIt always comes as a surprise the way he tells it the change from minor to majorWhat would my wife know of these thingsWhat I find mysterious she finds obviousWhen I find the harbour hard to fathom she appears to walk on waterIf you put her in a labyrinth she would always find her way outWhereas sometimes I prefer to hang around and enjoy the experience of being down in the rabbit hole Mystified Confused Excited At least for a little wileOriginal Review October 3 2011Audio Recording of My ReviewBird Brian once initiated a Big Audio Project where Good Readers record and publish their reviews Unfortunately BB deleted his page after the acuisition of GRMy recording of this review was my first contribution You can find it on SoundCloud here How this book became one of Murakami s most famous and popular baffles me In fact when asked about it in an interview Murakami himself said that he was puzzled by its popularity and that it really isn t what he wants to be known for What can I say There s too little of the characters that do spark my interest and much too much of the depressiveirlfriend and her kooky friend at the mental institution Also the scenes which were supposed to be funny about his college roommate didn t interest me at all and ultimately struck me as dark and disturbing Perhaps this book resonated with so many people because view spoilerthere were four suicides in it hide spoiler I once had a Constantly Craving girl or should I say she once had me She showed me her room isn t itood Norwegian woodShe asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere So I looked around and I noticed there wasn t a chair I sat on a rug biding my time drinking her wine We talked until two and then she said It s time for bed She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh I told her I didn t and crawled off to sleep in the bathAnd when I awoke I was alone this bird had flown So I lit a fire isn t it A Preface to Democratic Theory good Norwegian wood The BeatlesHaruki Murakami s novel Norwegian Wood is a love story on author s own confession a straight simple story uite unlike the type of fiction he is well known for Murakami claims the novel was a challenge to him a test of his capability to write a straight story many of his fans see it as a betrayal of what his works had stood for until then Not having read any of Murakami s works so far I had the advantage of approaching it with an unprejudiced mind And I found that while the story was straight it was anything but simpleThe novel is one bunch of impressions The prose is sensual even voluptuous descriptions of landscapes and weather are done in long and loving detail There is very little exploration of inner mental states other than as broad description of emotions even though we are listening to only one voice throughout the book It is rather like stream of consciousness turned outwardI have been trying to do a traditional review of this book for uite some time now but have been finding it impossible So I willive you my impressions of reading the bookReading Norwegian Wood for me is like sitting on the porch at twilight during a rare break in the rains during the monsoon watching the Aryan Idols golden rays of the Watanabe is een stille en buitengewoon serieuze jonge student in Tokio Hij is dol op Naoko een mooie jonge vrouw maar hun wederzijdse liefde wordtetekend door de tragische dood van hun beste vriend jaren eledenWatanabe went aan het campusleven en de eenzaamheid en afzond.

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The Nick Carraway role this makes the others loosely cast Naoko is Daisy Buchanan Kizuki is Jay Gatsby This would make Midori Jordan Baker Nagasawa Tom Buchanan Reiko Myrtle Wilson It s not as far fetched as you are initially thinking OK let s move onto a proper review What happens when people open their heartsThey et better Haruki Murakami Norwegian WoodI found Norwegian Wood to be a beautifully optimistic book in the end But it was a painful journey to arrive there It is a wonderful book filled with some of Murakami s most beautiful prose Our hero is Toru Wanatebe a charming honest straight forward no nonsense young man Toru is perhaps Murakami s most easily identifiable lead character in all his books Toru is wise beyond his years a very deep thinker and reads classic literature Mann Fitzgerald Hemingway And he is very fucked up The story is told by Toru again let me be clear on this Norwegian Wood is the story of Toru s journey into adulthood Norwegian Wood is not the love story of Toru and Naoko To make it so limits what Murakami achieves and what he achieves is brilliant Toru moves to Tokyo for his university studies because he wants to Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus get away from a difficult event the suicide of his best friend Kizuki Kuzuki s death has shattered Toru his only way forward is to move onNaoko theirlfriend of Kuzuki also comes to Tokyo for the same reason a chance encounter one day brings them together Toru is in love with Naoko but Naoko cannot love him back she is broken She is filled with a darkness that no one can penetrate She isn t fighting demons she is the demonInto this world comes Midori she is the anti Naoko fun vivacious and full of life But as with everyone else in this world Midori is broken as well Midori falls in love with Toru but the road to love is filled with obstacles They each struggle to keep their demons in check in this world built upon passion Something in Return grief sex denial friendships and death lots of death Toru is increasingly torn by what he perceives to be his duty to Naoko and his feelings for Midori The problem is that Naoko is incapable of love She has never been able to love anyone We do not learn the reason for Kizuki s suicide but I believe it is due to Naoko s inability to love him Kizuki has been devoted to Naoko his entire life theyrew up together At 17 I believe he came to the realization that the love he felt for Naoko was not returned never would be To Naoko their relationship was a Byzantium game Naoko does not have relationships instead she playsames with the emotions of those who love her Even her relationship with Reiko is built upon these Contacts Desired games she playsNaoko is broken beyond repair and she knows it Yet she continues to playames with Toru It will be many years before Toru realizes Naoko did not love him and was incapable of love I m sure he comes to realize Naoko s hand in Kizuki s death as well Toru is the rock that so many build their lives on and yet when with Naoko he becomes weak willed and blue She strings him along leading him to believe she desires him but it is all a Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, game And there is always thehost of Kizuki casting a shadow over the two of them a host that still haunts NaokoAnd there is Midori she loves Toru is available to him emotionally in a way that Naoko will never be and best of all she is not looking for a savior If anything Midori can save Toru And yet Toru cannot commit to her He is frozen It is Toru s indecisiveness that makes him live a life filled with drinking casual sex uneasy friendships forced isolation regret and melancholia I told you Toru is fucked upMurakami while emphasizing themes of death love and disconnectedness on Toru s journey does not ignore the details Toru s day to day life as a university student We journey with Toru to his classes part time jobs and drinking at clubs with his only male friend Nagasawa we experience Toru s forays with casual sex and hookups and his inability to relate to the world around him We feel the pressures on Toru to make choices at a young age I loved Toru wanted him as friend and was so angry at the poor choices he made along this journeyNow about that ending many of you who read Norwegian Wood have complained about the vagueness of the ending I disagree I think it was one of Murakami s clearest endings Throughout Norwegian Wood Toru never seems able to define himself apart from the people around him He states himself that he is nothing special possesses no special skills He even describes his penis as ordinary He s constantly the third wheel in his relationships Kizuki Naoko Naoko Reiko Nagasawa Hatsumi He tells stories about his roommate to impress people all the while never really telling anyone including the reader much about himself Toru defines himself by his perceived responsibility to be Naoko s emotional stability With her one he s suddenly lost his purpose The one thing he s been living for is one and now he has to choose to move forward with his life as himself not as Kizuki s friend not as Naoko s lover but as Toru For the first time he must navigate the world as Toru How liberating and terrifying it must be for him to be free from the past for the first time in his life The subtlety of the ending perfectly reflects the delicateness and elusiveness with which Murakami renders this story of youth He doesn t wallow in the emotions but lets us feel Toru s bewilderment as he approaches the crossroads of his life Deceptively simple in terms of plot the writing is so beautiful the result is surprisingly affecting In the end Norwegian Wood is a book which you can t help but loving Murakami wins the reader over with abundant charm echoes of youth and a story we can all relate to Noruwei No Mori Norwegian wood 1987 Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood is a 1987 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami A 37 year old Toru Watanabe has just arrived in Hamburg Germany When he hears an orchestral cover of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood he is suddenly overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia He thinks back to the 1960 s when so much happened that touched his life Watanabe his classmate Kizuki and Kizuki s irlfriend Naoko are the best of friends Kizuki and Naoko are particularly close and feel as if they are soulmates and Watanabe seems than happy to be their enforcer This idyllic existence is shattered by the unexpected suicide of Kizuki on his 17th birthday Kizuki s death deeply touches both surviving friends Watanabe feels the influence of death everywhere while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost The two of them spend and time together oing for long walks on Sundays although feelings for each other are never clarified in this interval On the night of Naoko s 20th birthday she feels especially vulnerable and they have sex during which Watanabe realizes that she is a virgin Afterwards Naoko leaves Watanabe a letter saying that she needs some time apart and is uitting college to o to a sanatorium These events are set against a backdrop of civil unrest The students at Watanabe s college o on strike and call for a revolution Inexplicably the students end their strike and act as if nothing had happened which enrages Watanabe as a sign of hypocrisy Watanabe is befriended by a fellow drama classmate Midori Kobayashi She is everything that Naoko is not outgoing vivacious and supremely self confident Despite his love for Naoko Watanabe finds himself attracted to Midori as well Midori reciprocates his feelings and their friendship rows during Naoko s absence Watanabe visits Naoko at her secluded mountain sanatorium near Kyoto There he meets Reiko Ishida an older patient there who has become Naoko s confidante During this and subseuent visits Reiko and Naoko reveal about their past Reiko talks about the cause of her downfall into mental illness and details the failure of her marriage while Naoko talks about the unexpected suicide of her older sister several years ago When he returns to Tokyo Watanabe unintentionally alienates Midori through both his lack of consideration of her wants and needs and his continuing thoughts about Naoko He writes a letter to Reiko asking for her advice about his conflicted affections for both Naoko and Midori He does not want to hurt Naoko but he does not want to lose Midori either Reiko counsels him to seize this chance for happiness and see how his relationship with Midori turns out A later letter informs Watanabe that Naoko has killed herself Watanabe The Ornaments of Life grieving and in a daze wanders aimlessly around Japan while Midori with whom he hasn t kept in touch wonders what has happened to him After about a month of wandering he returns to the Tokyo area andets in contact with Reiko who leaves the sanatorium to come visit The middle aged Reiko stays with Watanabe and they have sex It is through this experience and the intimate conversation that Watanabe and Reiko share that night that he comes to realise that Midori is the most important person in his life After he sees Reiko off Watanabe calls Midori to declare his love for her Midori asks Where are you now and the novel ends with Watanabe pondering that uestion 2014 20 1392 400 9786005906950 1394 384 9786009576005 747 29051399 Great ending This sure was the saddest book I ve ever read Seems very dark and depressing but the light comes out at the very end and you can see the sunshine through the clouds I ve never read a book like this and to be honest I m not sure I ever want to read another one It just takes a piece of you and leaves you feeling a little empty I don t even know how to explain it It s like traveling up a mountainside on a dark One Wish (Thunder Point, gray day Yes the beauty is still there but you have to look for it You don t even notice the beauty before you because of the overcast skies The higher up youo the drained you feel At the very end as you reach the top you re bone weary and exhausted both mentally and physically but suddenly you can see above the clouds and it s so bright that your eyes hurt and the whole mountain suddenly looks differentyou suddenly feel renewedthe world you thought was La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi gloomy andray is suddenly bright and newand beautifu. Eksueel eëmancipeerde vrouwNorwegian Wood is een indringend verhaal over romantiek en volwassenheid over de onmogelijke en dappere liefde van een jonge manMet deze prachtige en weemoedige roman brak Haruki Murakami door in Japan Er werden miljoenen exemplaren van verkocht.

Ying sun light up the rain drenched earth and filling your lungs with the smell of the rainReading Norwegian Wood is like waking up on a winter morning opening the window and etting hit in the face by an invigorating blast of icy East WindReading Norwegian Wood is like staying up late listening to the harmonious cacophony of drums at our local temple festival inhaling the aroma of the burning lamp wicks and incenseHighly recommended UGHThis book bugged the hell out of me for a few reasons 1 There is a somewhat extended passage devoted to a lesbian encounter that wouldn t be so terrible in and of itself as sex in Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story general is a major topic BUT the novel as a whole leaned towards describing the physiological experience the woman were having and would brush over the mens again and again There would be like 5 paragraphs on the woman and then 1 sentence were it would say something along the lines of she took me in her hand and I cameGIVE ME A BREAKIt seemed like an exercise in writing hmmmm what would it be like to write from the females perspective than a contributor factor to the story 2 Theirls in this book were all needy dysfunctional emotional or detached but sexy as all Mona Lisa get out while the male was unsentimental level headed and also sexy 3 the main male character had sex with 3 of theirl main characters as well as countless unnamed characters and apparently he was FABULOUS at it because 2 of the characters decided that they would never have sex again that it could never measure upOH BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHER Murakami divides his novel into two There is the past and death Then there is future and life What road do you takeSeems like an easy uestion to answer But what happens when you are in love with the past And what happens when you so desperately want to save that past from such a death Life becomes complicated and the prospect of the future feels like a brutal betrayal of one who is desperately clinging to you You are her anchor her only connection with reality And you love her How can you ever walk away Life is fickle though true love isn t Sometimes we have to do the hard thing and let Fly Away Home (South Africa Series, go even if it kills us The dead will always be dead but we have too on living Such words are easier said than put into practice Sometimes the dead carry so much of ourselves that living without them is not uite living any Toru lost his best friend when he was seventeen He killed himself We never find out why but I have my own ideas about what and who caused it He carries on feeling empty He falls in love with his dead friend s Soldier O - Bosnian Inferno girlfriend Naoko but she has her own problems They maintain a friendship for a year and then she institutionalises herself because she simply cannot cope with life in the wake of her old boyfriend s death He was her soulmate and now she is rudderless in a sea of uncertainty Anyone who has read a Murakami will know the importance of music in his storytelling These lyrics say than I ever could about the novel Read them hear them and feel themCue the music Wood This Bird Has Flown by the Beatles I once had airlOr should I sayShe once had meShe showed me her roomIsn t it Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution goodNorwegian woodShe asked me to stayAnd she told me to sit anywhereSo I looked aroundAnd I noticed there wasn t a chairI sat on a rugBiding my timeDrinking her wineWe talked until twoAnd then she saidIt s time for bedShe told me she worked in the morningAnd started to laughI told her I didn tAnd crawled off to sleep in the bathAnd when I awokeI was aloneThis bird had flownSo I lit a fireIsn t itoodNorwegian wood I want to interpret them and put them in the context of the novel and explain what they mean but to do so would be to ruin it all for you If you have read the book read through the lyrics and ponder the actions Naoko takes towards the end of the story what she does and why she does it seemed a little selfish to me at first But the lyrics tell the truth Perspective is everything and we never had the perspective in the novel that would have spoken the truth Norwegian Wood is a novel that feels like it should never have ended It is the sort of book that carries you away into the lives of the characters and should carry on as long as they continue to live With suicide such a strong theme through the novel no less than three major characters commit it I was surprised the ending was not of a universal ending so to speak The power of the writing resides in his ability to tangle you up within the story Murakami s characters here feel so terribly tragically real They are some of the most human I ve ever encountered on a page It all felt so desperately unresolved towards the end of the story But isn t that life How often do we truly resolve our daemons and feel satisfied with how things went Rarely Norwegian Wood is a dangerous novel because it has a certain sense of universal appeal it has the ability to speak to may a reader as they compare their own situation to that depicted here Sure it s likely less dramatic but the need to move on being weighed against a past that hangs over us whatever that past may be is a dilemma most of us will face But the real uestion is did I enjoy it and would I recommend it I would recommend it but I certainly didn t love it There s little to love here but there is also little to hate What Murakami delivers is a sprawling peak into the lives of a bunch of severely damaged youths coping with the realities of what emptiness means Take from it what you will A warning though it may hurtFacebook Twitter Insta Academia Before I begin may it be known that this was not my first Murakami I read Kafka on the Shore and loved it I read Wind up Bird Chronicle and loved that too So I Keeping Secrets got to thinking that maybe I should read the book that made him famous the book that everyone in Japan is said to have read that compelled Murakami to flee the country to escape the media attention How disappointed I was when I finished Also I wrote this on iPad so the punctuation and capitalisation is off I tried to fix all the auto correct but I may have missed a fewThe characters in this book are all loathsome Toru Watanabe the main character is a self pitying man looking back on his days at university in Tokyo during the student riots in 1969 1970 when he supposedly fell in love He attempts to paint himself as a niceuy deluded into believing himself to be honest and who has never lied in his life an idea which is refuted several times in the novel Eg When midori asks him whether he slept with N This is a relatively early novel by this author 1987 The book jacket tells us that this book booted him up from being a famous author to superstar status On GR it is one of his most highly rated books It s also the only I ll call it straightforward novel of the five or so of his I have read There is no science fiction or magical realism No women in bars who may be A Ranchers Dangerous Affair ghosts no hanging out in deep wells no psychic cats just a single moon We do have as usual in Murakami a cat mention of a mysterious well and western music especially pop music such as that of the Beatles Being an only child is often mentioned in Murakami s novels which would be true in low birth rate Japanese culture I d say the two main themes are sex and suicideThe main characters are a young man and a young woman The woman is permanently damaged by the suicide of their male friend when he was 17 Until then the two boys and theirl had been an inseparable three some Earlier the White Lace and Promises (Wild, Wicked And Wanton Book 2) girl s sister had also committed suicide She is so stricken that she elects too to a sanitarium until she can deal with life again At times both characters say they have word searching sickness the inability to put their feeling into words He feels responsible for the irl in the sanitarium and can t make the break to commit to another young woman that he has fallen in love with There is a story within the story from another woman at the facility She had been a piano teacher and the story is of a lesbian relationship There s a lot of sex in the book with little actual intercourse You have to read it to see what I meanSet in 1969 many of the characters are in college against a background of student revolts students taking over classrooms and universities closing There s a lot of talk of Marx and communism Murakami was in college in Japan at this time Some passages that I liked the self I was then the world I had then where did they o Despite your best efforts people are oing to be hurt when it s time for them to be hurt Life is like that I m all through as a human being All you re looking at is the lingering memory of what I used to be The most important part of me what used to be inside died years ago and I m just functioning by rote memory I think this is my favorite Murakami top photo from images8alphacoderscomphoto of the author from iguimcouk If you only read the books that everyone else is reading you can only think what everyone else is thinking Norwegian Wood Haruki MurakamiWOW what a terrific read Murakami s Norwegian Wood is I loved this book Even without the presence of talking cats hollow earth monsters and dimension shifting characters Norwegian Wood is a magical read Best of all we still et those Murakami flourishes of The Beatles obviously references to THE GREAT GATSBY a character or two with uniuely large penises and cats of the non talking variety RANDOM THOUGHT 1 How brilliant to build and structure an entire novel around two lines from a lyric I once had a irlOr should I say she once had meAfter reading many reviews here I believe my take on Norwegian Wood to be uite different than most readers This is Toru s story from start to finish It is not the story of the love affair between Toru and Naoko as so many claim Naoko is a supporting character in Toru s journey as are Midori Kizuki Nagasawa Reiko I understand the fascination with Naoko the doomed heroine we wish to save but she is not the core of this story The soul of this story is Toru we all wish we had a Toru in our life It is Toru s journey we are embarking uponRANDOM THOUGHT 2 Norwegian Wood is Murakami s homage to THE GREAT GATSBY with Toru cast in. Ering die hij daar ervaart maar Naoko kan de druk en verantwoordelijkheid van het leven niet verdragen Terwijl zij zich verder terugtrekt in haar eigen wereld vindt Watanabe aansluiting bij de andere studenten en voelt hij zich aangetrokken tot een jonge onafhankelijke en

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