Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami [Book Review]

Norwegian-Wood-Haruki-Murakami.jpgTitle : Norwegian Wood

Author : Haruki Murakami

ISBN : 9780375704024

Publisher : Vintage Books

Genre : Contemporary Fiction

Pages : 389

Source : Self

Rating : 5 stars




May be this is the right way to end a novel. Leaving it for the readers to ponder as their mind would take them.

This is my second book by Haruki Mukami. A lot of friends recommended this to me and I am so glad I picked it up. Honestly I cannot find the right words to put together to justify this masterpiece. This is one of those novels that makes you ‘feel’. You must read to experience it.

Simple story of friendship, love, sex and depression thoroughly squirmed every instincts and thoughts that a person can afford.

It’s kind of hard to believe that a book can take you on an emotional ride like this one did! *Phew!*

The story is set in 1960s Japan and has been narrated entirely by the protagonist Toru Watanabe. I am not going to write about the plot.

The book has a very dark and murky feeling and it can leave you feeling a little empty. Before this I had read Murakami’s ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’. If you have read two or more novels of Murakami you can sort of notice this pattern in his narration. It paints a picture of a cloudy, drizzly and gloomy atmosphere.

There is so much realness in his characters that you can’t help but feel like they exist somewhere in the real world. The characters speak to you. The book is a major page-turner and was an absolute roller-coaster ride for me!

His description of Watanabe and Midori kind of makes it effortless for the readers to relate with them. One of the books that kept me hooked after a really long time.

It is a gripping novel and a must read!

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