NORWEGIAN WOOD-A REVIEW

“Hey there, fellow maniacs! 🤓 How are you doing today?

I’m sorry! I just couldn’t fins time to write here. I’m back (I guess)!

QOTD:  Is it possible to love two people equally at the same time? In that case, would you rather: Choose none of them because you can’t make a choice, or choose one and leave the other?

I would put this book written by the man who’s known to play with emotions as though it is a game, and strikes us with philosophies to show this is how he plays, Haruki Murakami, in three words- dark, melancholic, and tense.

We can put the entire book in 3 lines. Toru likes his dead best friend’s girlfriend. He also falls for his classmate, Midori. Whom will Toru choose? The end. But come on, it’s Murakami.

The book gets it’s title from the song ‘Norwegian Wood’ by the Beatles. A song, that reminds Toru of his past, and takes him down the memory lane.

It’s the early ’60s. Having lost his best friend to suicide, a grief striken Toru comes to Tokyo to study. He bumps into Kizuki’s girlfriend Naoko, who is equally broken by the loss, and befriends her. They bond, and eventually Toru falls for her, despite her emotional instability.

However, Naoko is not ready to love or to be loved. She moves to an institution (just a nice way to put ‘asylum’), but the fact that her sanity is deteriorating each day is unavoidable.

Let’s call it destiny or whatever, Toru finds Midori, his  classmate, who, despite her own problems in life, helps Toru get over his loneliness and griefs. Toru longs to get back with Naoko, but is equally in love with Midori.

Toru has to choose between an openly broken Naoko and a secretly broken Midori. Whom would he choose? Would he stick to his past, or get on with his future? Read to find out.

I was quite frankly disappointed a little with this book. Even before the book ends, we, as readers, make our own choice. The characters were built beautifully, the emotions and philosophies just melted in like chocolate and the story was realistic. Being engrossed the whole time, I felt like the book was rushed to the end, making it seem forced, and disappointing.

Nevertheless, I will continue reading more of his works. I’m a sucker for deep writings.

Murakami, sir, I’m disappointed this time.”

Until my next book post, ciao!

Yo.”

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