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Norwegian Wood (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9780099448822    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2003     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 400        Language: English
Rife with allusions to The Beatles, the Second World War and to other works of his, Murakami's Norwegian Wood is the story of Toro Watanabe. It follows the Japanese college student's life in Japan and his relationship...Read more
Rife with allusions to The Beatles, the Second World War and to other works of his, Murakami's Norwegian Wood is the story of Toro Watanabe. It follows the Japanese college student's life in Japan and his relationship with the emotionally fragile, wistful and melancholic Naoko. Published by RHUK as a paperback in English in 2001, Norwegian Wood is narrated in the first person, in Murakami's trademark conversational tone. The story chronicles the complicated relationship that Toru has with beautiful Naoko, who is committed at a mental health institution. She is also the girlfriend of Toru's best friend, who committed suicide. Norwegian Wood is told as a series of flashbacks, focusing on both Toru's experiences as a college student living through fairly turbulent times in Japan, with civil unrest and political instability and as the unsuccessful lover of his fellow drama and English major, Midori Kobayashi. The supreme opposite of Naoko, Midori is outgoing and vivacious, which causes Toru's relationship with Naoko to become even more complicated. The story follows his attempts to describe his life, these two women and the broader picture of human alienation and loss, while trying to cope with his own burgeoning sexuality. Key Features: The book became wildly popular in Japan when it was published and went on to become a global bestseller. The book was adapted into a Japanese film in 2010 by Oscar nominee, Korean director Tran Anh Hung.
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About the author: Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works... Read more
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.
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Review:
Evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny; but then Murakami is one of the best writers around" Time Out "Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami's writing that everything he chooses...Read more
Evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny; but then Murakami is one of the best writers around" Time Out "Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami's writing that everything he chooses to describe trembles with symbolic possibility" Guardian "This book is undeniably hip, full of student uprisings, free love, booze and 1960s pop, it's also genuinely emotionally engaging, and describes the highs of adolescence as well as the lows" Independent on Sunday "Catches the absorption and giddy rush of adolescent love... It is also, for all the tragic momentum and the apparently kamikaze consciousness of many of its characters, often funny and quirkily observed." Times Literary Supplement "A heart-stoppingly moving story... Murakami is, without a doubt, one of the world's finest novelists" Glasgow Herald
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