I really liked the surrealism, so didnt think i was going to like norwegian wood that much hearing that it was not really surreal at all. Sep 12, 2000 stunning and elegiac, norwegian wood first propelled haruki murakami into the forefront of the literary scene. When watanabe arrives in hamburg and hears the song norwegian wood, memories of a scene with naoko from eighteen years. Norwegian wood is murakamis homage to the great gatsby with toru cast in the nick carraway role.
May 01, 2015 norwegian wood by haruki murakami posted on may 1, 2015 by adam fiske many of my readers thought that norwegian wood was a retreat for me, says haruki murakami about the novel that propelled him into a new stratosphere of popularity, for me personally, however, it was just the opposite. The feeling of reading norwegian wood is like that of being in a blank, dreamy world, which is very similar to most of. It is one of the most popular books of murakami and is set in the japan of the 1960s during the period of student revolution. Further on in the book, it is revealed that naoko has already undergone a severe loss as her older sister committed suicide when naoko was a child. Murakamis norwegian wood is a tale ill remember till my last breath. Buy norwegian wood from haruki murakami with 35% discount off the. Murakami writes about the japanese forest in such a way. Buy norwegian wood by murakami, haruki from amazons fiction books store. And finally the part that made me want to burn this book, naokos roommate and. Its my first haruki murakami book and it was really something wonderful. I thought he and midori were together since i first read the book. Toru, a serious young college student in tokyo, is devoted to naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked. It was also his most resounding success there, a phenomenal bestseller. After hearing the norwegian wood by beatles, he is overcome with nostalgia and begins musing about his teenage years.
Norwegian wood was my first dive into murakami as well. Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done. The film was released in japan on 11 december 2010. As his plane arrives at hamburg airport, toru watanabe hears the beatles song norwegian wood played over the speakers, bringing back an intense and painful memory, a scene from 18 years ago in 1969 when he was 19 years old. I tried to keep my promise by thinking of her when i masturbated, but it didnt work. 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. He feels these memories as kicks and says they were longer and harder than usual. Set in japan in the late 1960s, murakami brings to life the crevices and plateaus of life and death, friendship and love. A classic book becomes a movie japanese author haruki murakamis comingofage novel is being turned into a film, and it looks promising kyle chayka.
I tried switching over to naoko, but not even naoko s image was any help that time. I just finished the book and have a different interpretation to offer. Norwegian wood study guide contains a biography of murakami, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Norwegian wood by haruki murakami, jay rubin kirkus. Sep 04, 1987 norwegian wood begins with toru watanabe, a 37 year old man traveling to hamburg. In the narrati ve of norwegian wood, toru watanabe can be seen as a sisyphean tragic hero for whom the readers f eel a sense of pity and f ear the news of naoko. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold. Naoko apologizes for her breakdown and tells toru that he was able to bring out the best in kizuki whenever he was around. May 17, 2001 buy norwegian wood book online at best prices in india on. Naoko, who already possesses a decidedly otherworldly character due to her unnaturally clear and bottomless eyes, enters into an even stranger state when she is in the clear moonlight. She serves as a connection to living and to life that quiteprobably saves toru from the same fate as his friends.
For example, is watanabe supposed to be a truthful, likeable character. Norwegian wood depicts grief, suicide, and the resounding effects that it has on the victims of the suicide which are the ones left behind. Norwegian wood chapter 6 summary and analysis gradesaver. This study guide consists of approximately 39 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of norwegian wood. Norwegian wood is a simple story, simply told, with an emotion and quiet retrospection characteristic of murakamis trademark style, especially in works like south of the border, west of the sun. Norwegian wood author bill gabbert posted on december 18, 2015 categories uncategorized tags books many wildland firefighters live in areas where firewood is. I really liked the surrealism, so didnt think i was going to like norwegian wood that much hearing that it. It is told from the firstperson perspective of toru watanabe, who looks back on his days as a college student living in tokyo. Our faces were no more than ten inches apart but she was lightyears away from me.
After reading norwegian wood twice this is what i think. I stopped reading for pleasure around middle school and wanted to try to pick it back up in my late twenties. Enter murakamis world to explore the books, read interviews, discover music, browse image galleries, and much more. Jan 10, 2016 i read norwegian wood last year and quickly followed it up with two other murakami novels. This stunning and elegiac first novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed windup bird chronicle. If you are a fan of murakami, you know he has the ability to make you live in his books, norwegian wood does this more so than most. Norwegian wood is a simple comingofage tale, primarily set in 196970, when the author was attending university. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his. Stunning and elegiac, norwegian wood first propelled haruki murakami into t he forefront of the literary scene. His best friend from high school, kizuki, killed himself without. Norwegian wood begins with toru watanabe, a 37 year old man traveling to hamburg. Just finished norwegian wood about that ending spoilers.
When she goes into a mental hospital, he promises to wait for her. Toru, a serious young college student in tokyo, is devoted to naoko, a beau tiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. The political upheavals and student strikes of the period form the novels backdrop. Watanabe recalls his first love naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend kizuki. We all need a midori, norwegian wood by haruki murakami. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Norwegian wood a coming of age tale for all time panthernow. Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in tokyo, is devoted to naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual.
Norwegian wood i didnt understand the ending of this. Toru watanabe is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s tokyo whose personal. 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. Finished norwegian wood as my first leisure read in a. When watanabe arrives in hamburg and hears the song norwegian wood, memories of a scene with naoko from eighteen years before come back to him.
As he walks through a large empty meadow with naoko, a girl he loved, she tells him a story about a mysterious well hidden in the grasses into which people had. Norwegian wood is the song by the beatles that toru loves so much as it reminds him of his love naoko. As such, norwegian wood is a novel steeped in pain, with characters that are deeply wounded, but it is also a novel of healing through the power of love. Norwegian wood i didnt understand the ending of this book. Everything was ok up until reiko left because like toru to naoko, reiko was what was left of naoko. Norwegian wood chapter 1 summary and analysis gradesaver. We all need a midori, norwegian wood by haruki murakami kobayashi midori is a prominent character in the novel, norwegian wood by haruki murakami. From its beginning, the novel is immediately framed by the question of memory. He didnt kill himself as he is 37 and still alive, trying to remember everything of his past. When he hears her favourite beatles song, toru watanabe recalls his first love naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend kizuki. After reading the book, i immediately went to have a listen of the beatles norwegian wood, having never heard it before. The character of midori kobayashi in norwegian wood from litcharts the creators of sparknotes.
Its a comingofage dark romance and drama which is melancholic and strangely peaceful at the same time. The song, norwegian wood, triggered torus memory of naoko and kizuki, as he recalled, all i had lost in the course of my life. Toru watanabe recalls his first love naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend kizuki. A first us appearance of a novel originally published in 1987, this crisp portrayal of flaming youth in the late 1960s proves one of murakamis most appealingif uncharacteristic books. Toru and naoko are connected to each other through kizuki torus best friend and naoko is kizukis girlfriend.
Jul 15, 2017 i sit here having just read the final sentences of norwegian wood by haruki murakami. But the focus here is the young watanabes love affairs, and the pain and pleasure and attendant losses of. She was the one to find her sister hanging in her room and confesses to toru that it felt like something inside me had died. Whats your interpretation of the ending of norwegian wood by. It was translated into english, by alfred birnbaum, but that edition was basically only made available in japan itself. Stunning and elegiac, norwegian wood first propelled haruki murakami into the forefront of the literary scene. Is he burning the house norwegian wood down, or is it a normal fire in a fireplace.
Mar 12, 2011 norwegian wood is a languorous, visually striking movie about love and loss, infused with the earnestness of young people struggling with powerful emotions and with evolving ideas about life. Buy norwegian wood book online at low prices in india. Suicide, memory and trauma in haruki murakamis norwegian. The next day, sunday, toru writes his customary letter to naoko telling her about what has been happening in his life and how she is the only one who can understand his thoughts of kizuki.
I read naokos letter again and again, and each time i read it i would be filled with the same unbearable. Norwegian wood from haruki murakami book info, annotation. The melody never failed to send a shudder through me, but this time it hit me harder than ever. Wellknown for his fantastical stories, the simplicity of this novel may surprise you at first but then you ease into it, only to finish it needing time to process what youve just read. Overall i liked the movie, though i greatly preferred the book. The thing that grabbed me immediately was the well its this hidden trap, no one knows where it is, if you step in it you are well and truly screwed.
Midori brings toru back into his life, especially after the death of naoko. Norwegian wood was the only book ive enjoyed in the past decade. The character of midori kobayashi in norwegian wood from. At the age of 17, kizuki, his best friend, decides to end his life leaving behind toru and his girlfriend, naoko, broken. I just read norwegian wood as my first leisure read in a while and my first murakami book too. The original japanese title, noruwei no mori, is the standard japanese translation of the title of the beatles song norwegian wood this bird has flown, written by john lennon9 the song is often mentioned in the novel, and is the favourite song of the character naoko. Norwegian wood is a coming of age novel by haruki murakami that explores the concept of loss and the need to overcome ones struggles with grief. I have just finished reading norwegian wood and i cant decide whether it. The three go to sleep, and then in the middle of the night toru.
I am pretty convinced this is a somewhat convoluted interpretation but i wanted to see what other readers have to think about this. Discussing norwegian wood did toru watanabe commit. First published in japan in 1987, it is this novel that propelled him into the forefront of the literary scene and made him japans biggestselling. Naokos older sister took her own life at age 17, which, along with kizukis suicide, has a lasting effect on naokos emotional stability until she eventually. Norwegian wood bears the unmistakable marks of murakamis hand.
Norwegian wood is a 1987 novel by japanese author haruki murakami. Norwegian wood by haruki murakami, signed abebooks. The novel is a nostalgic story of loss and burgeoning sexuality. Its the story of toru watanabe and the women he loved during his university days. I loved some parts and others just left me confused. Kizukis life ends leaving naoko and toru deeply unsettled. Whats your interpretation of the ending of norwegian wood. Its obviousbut i have read somewhere a interpretation where tor. Closely connected to interpersonal understanding, memory is one of the central aspects. Dec 06, 2011 rinko kikuchi as naoko in the film version of norwegian wood t he novel that raised haruki murakami to literary superstardom ranges across the seasons, but the heart of its meaning is found in winter.
Norwegian wood panther by murakami, haruki and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. A japanese film directed by tran anh hung viet with actor kenichi matsuyama. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading norwegian wood. For anyone who has experienced the pain of losing a loved one, the awkwardness of being a teenager, and the pain and heartache of love, this book will take the thoughts that you never had the courage of thinking or saying and read them back to you. Feb 06, 2017 we all need a midori, norwegian wood by haruki murakami kobayashi midori is a prominent character in the novel, norwegian wood by haruki murakami. Norwegian wood is the story of toru watanabe, a young man who is damaged by the suicide of his high school friend, kizuki. Norwegian wood by haruki murakami book club discussion.
Now, finally, the book appears in an authorized translation by jay rubin. Ive become a big fan and intend to read a lot more of murakami this year. Norwegian wood symbols, allegory and motifs gradesaver. Just finished norwegian wood about that ending spoilers ive read a couple of murakamis other works and enjoyed them. Kafka on the shore and sputnik sweetheart is already done and i can. Norwegian wood is a fairly early work by murakami, first published in japan in 1987. Jan 24, 2012 i just finished the book and have a different interpretation to offer. I remembered thinking hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world was okay in my freshman english literature class so i tried norwegian wood. Norwegian wood is problematic, uncomplex, and pervey. Toru falls in love with kizukis tortured girlfriend, naoko, who is isolated in her own mind. Im new to this subreddit so i hope its okay to ask for help understanding this book. Chapter 3 naoko called me the following saturday, and that sunday we had a date. Murakamis novels and short stories have often been called unfilmable, but norwegian wood is his most realistic book to date, lacking talking cats, alternate realities or surreal. Norwegian wood is a book which derives its name from a famous 1965 song by beatles.
The transition itself has been shown to be stressful and challenging, as evident through multiple suicides showcased in the book. Norwegian wood by haruki murakami goodreads share book. This book was touching, emotional, sometimes visceral and overall both heartbreaking and joyful. Toru, a 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. Japan is the original publication place of the book. I myself would be comforted by letters like this when i would reread what i had written.
Norwegian wood vintage international murakami, haruki on. Naoko is lost and hurt, and even the thought of having intercourse makes her feel violated etc. Norwegian wood quotes by haruki murakamipage 3 of 32. Norwegian wood book one signed by the author by murakami, haruki and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. He met her at school she was his late best friends girlfriend and the book tells us his and.57 1001 801 650 703 845 1166 1557 1447 767 1463 904 239 1181 992 597 139 1329 139 541 1099 1505 746 162 1266 1185 160 1258 544 650 1044 335 801 729 678 1473 1235 1592 393 883 157 536 477 1484 437 635 1399 1324 2 334