Saturday, September 14
Book Review: Norwegian Wood
Author: Haruki Murakami
Pages: EBook 282
Summary: 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.
My Rating: 6.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: There were parts I enjoyed, while others not so much. The author is definitely one I'd go back to, but I'm not sure if this was the best place to start, as the first book to read by this author.
I'm not sure of things were lost due the translation, or if they were originally just that awkward but there were a few times where words and phrases just didn't fit with the rest of the paragraph or section of the novel - and this wasn't awkward because the characters themselves were awkward or had scattered thoughts. It broke up the rest of the novel and what I found to be incredible writing.
At times what the author had to say was quite profound, although other times, I found it to be somewhat juvenile. I had a hard time placing this book, as there were times it felt like a book aimed to a young adult audience, while other times it felt like it was aimed for an adult audience. With that being said, the book and characters are in a time where they are on that cusp between being a young adult and adult, and the author showed that well, but I still felt there were a lot of pieces, especially with certain characters that were juvenile. It often felt out of place and disrupted the narrative. Midori was one example of this as I began to dread any scene she was in. She wasn't a very likeable character and I don't think she meshed well into the rest of the story.
The story itself was well done, it's a depressing story and quite heavy, but the author shows the struggles the characters go through beautifully. He shows the reader, all of the raw emotions and experiences his characters go through, and he did it very well.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. I don't think this is the best book to start with if this is your first time with the author, but it is a book well worth reading.
What to read next: I'd suggest more by the author.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 777 Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge