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COMING OF AGE IN A CHANGING JAPAN,
This review is from: Norwegian Wood (Paperback)
This is a stunningly written coming-of-age story, which feels both familiar and exotic. Anyone who's ever tried to cheer up a depressed partner will empathise with its flawed, very ordinary hero. You long for yet another of Murakami's painterly, very Japanese landscape descriptions, yet know that the protagonists won't be able to enjoy the ethereal beauty around them. The old Japan with its repressive education system and chauvinist values is shown to coexist uneasily with the westernised, mutinous spirit of its 60s generation. Those unable to decide whether to withdraw into the country's duty-centred tradition or join its hedonistic rebel youth risk getting squashed. Not a novel to read when you are already in a dark mood, but also not one I am likely to forget.