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Approaching Murakami: ノルウェイの森「Norwegian Wood」

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Still from the movie, "Norwegian Wood"

“I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.” – The Beatles, “Norwegian Wood”

Thanks to my work schedule, today is my Monday, so to me, it’s Murakami Monday (this won’t last long, will it?)! Here’s something a little more modern for all you readers out there — Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel, Norwegian Wood. I am not well-versed in the weirdness of Murakami’s novels. In fact, I started with 1Q84, which is probably not the best book to start with when you’re jumping into this pool. Norwegian Wood, from what I understand (seeing as I have not read the entirety of this author’s works yet), is probably a safe bet when you’re going to introduce someone to Murakami’s books. It has its own quirks, yes, but the level of said quirks is nowhere near as high as the others. This book, titled after a Beatles’ song of the same name, is seen as a coming-of-age story that deals with love and loss.