Yes, I finally read a book by the outstanding, Haruki Murakami.
Norwegian Wood can be termed as a romance, a tale of lost love and moving on. Here are a few things that touched my heart:
- Raw, vulnerable characters, who are extremely unpredictable and spontaneous. Watanabe, Midori, and Naoko are so different from each other. Their characters have been molded with perfection.
- The representation of pain: Different people process pain and loss differently and this has been portrayed with perfection. I loved the fact that even if the lives of the characters intersected at multiple points, their pain and sufferings were distinct and one of a type.Watanabe is a wanderer, whereas Midori knows how to forget things by doing other, totally random things. Naoko tries hard to move on, but her pain is her anchor.
- Sex: I found the representation of sex as common as any other event. The plot didn’t make a big deal of it and was mentioned in the same plain tone as the rest of the story.
- Symbolisms and Metaphors: While I am a big idiot when it comes to symbolism, the message Murakami wanted to share was loud and clear. Norwegian Wood is the type of treasure that will reveal something different everytime you read it
unless you are hyper-analyzing every sentence and taking notes
- Letters: The only mode of communication in those days. Watanabe wrote some really emotional letters. Also, I have a weakness for letters. A letter will always hold more power when compared to phone calls and texts.
Now I know the impact Murakami has on his readers. Also, I would definitely recommend this book to someone who hasn’t read anything by the author.
I might not have cried after finishing the book, but it definitely left a strong and powerful impact.