Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Norwegian Wood

I read this book recently - Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki. It is one of the most beautiful works I have ever read, hands down. It is also very sad. I felt quite melancholic the whole time reading it, which only proves it is a great book - it makes you feel something.

"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."

The book is a a good depiction of how everyone has their own way of dealing with life and the shit it brings along with it. All of the characters in the book have their own way of  mending their broken souls, some more effective than others. It is sort of like a story about a constant struggle to find the beautiful things in life after losing something that is important to you or when never having anything important to live for to begin with. Murakami Haruki shows the reader quite well how there always is something beautiful in life, it just is very difficult to realize it is there.

I don't really want to say more, since I don't want to spoil the story to anyone. I will still say this however - this book is definitely worth a read, it's a brilliant classic. I strongly recommend!

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