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First American Publication
This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
Publishers Weekly Review
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This is my favorite book in the entire world. I love Murakami's style of writing. And though you may contest that there is better writing to be found, you may never read about such complex and astounding characters like the ones the fill up the pages of Norwegian Wood. The book, though slow in the first chapter becomes memorable and surprising in the next. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a taste of youth in the 1960s, stunning characters, and a breathtaking story line. If you love Scott Fitzgerald and the all time favorite Great Gatsby, you will certainly enjoy this book. (Similar topics can be found.) Murakami's frank and simple way of writing makes Norwegian Woods an easy page turner. This story is unforgettable and I absolutely love it!
Slow to start but worth it
My first taste of his work. The characters are deep, unpredictable, yet familiar. I love his storytelling, although I didn't care as much for the story itself.
I totally love this book, it is my favourite one. The way Murakami's write is great. This book is totally awesome.