“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that”
-Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
About the book
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. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.
This book was written during the time when suicide rate was high in Japan. This book comprises the characters that will make you feel low during the time you are reading this. Teenagers going through depression and one protogonist Toru Watanabe wants to save his friends. Specially, Naoko, who is in a rehab going under treatment by cutting all her connection from outside world. She and Kizuki finds difficult to be social. Because of which Kizuki kills himself. A long and depressing story of Toru and his friends finding their way out to be normal.
I liked this book because of its plot. I never have thought it would be so abnormal for teenagers coming from normal family background to be social. The Author makes sure that readers feel the depressing ambient through which the characters go through and have so described all the minute details they are working to find their way out. At times, I hated the book, it made me feel very low and sad. Sometimes, I want to find out what happens to Naoko. Her condition goes on worsen. If I overlook the erotic details Haruki gave, this would be the awesome book about Japanese teenage lifestyle. Midori is quiet entertaining too. A lot crazy. This book is actually about much of free love, booze, erotic, funny, depressing and moving story. Inshort, I kind of liked it.
Book Review: 4/5