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Norwegian Wood Paperback – 17 May 2001
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Through this the narrator implicitly, and at times explicitly, provides his own philosophy of happiness mostly centred around balancing companionship, isolation and purpose.
I found it striking how often the routine aspects of the narrator’s life would be explained in pages and pages of details, examining the minute detail and surprisingly complex emotional responses. And yet huge developments in plot would often be covered in a simple jarring unexpected sentence.
Unfortunately I felt it was a bit too long in the second half of the book, with the repetition of daily life and the author re-examining already explored themes. Overall though an enjoyable and very well written book; and an interesting reflection on the human condition.
There is a network of symbolism at work here too, just as when a character's ash falls on the table, we realise that there are much more important, indeed urgent - spiritual? Existential? - things to attend to than the sterile everyday thoughts we like to harbour. In the end, the journey here is a spiritual odyssey and while there is an element of superficial gloss at work too, a sweet kind of smoothness, the end result is always moving because it is always familiar. There is something soothing about this book, comforting as well as disconcerting.
I think of Murakami as a modern day Soseki - the lone wolf analysing the world around him, finding a somewhat bizarre and hostile place but has the strength to continue, if only to find the answers to his questions. Often we are pleasantly surprised in his work, maybe more so than in real life. In this way, Murakami is an idealist but not overly so. Murakami is not as good as Soseki (that would be to compare casual prose with rich poetry) but they aim at the same thing and often use the same methods to achieve their goals. Highly readable and endlessly intriguing, this book has the winning combination of a rapid course of prose as well as latent sympathy which makes it very agreeable indeed.
The abrupt ending was annoying in the best sense and made you wish there was more, but you knew it was perfect the way it was.
I'd love to talk about this book (complimenting and critiquing) with people who've read it :)
[attention: there is some sexual content and suicide]
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