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haruki murakami - Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

ノルウェイの森
Noruwei no Mori

First published in Japan by Kodansha (1987)

Published in English in 1989 by Kodansha English Library (Japan) - Translated by Alfred Birnbaum

Translated by Jay Rubin, UK - Harvill Press 2000, US - Vintage 2000

US Edition published in 2000 by Vintage:
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0375704027

UK Edition published in 2001 by Vintage:
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0099448823

But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

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Reviews

This potent rite-of-passage tale offers readers some useful pointers on keeping the heart warm in allegorically wintry times - Guardian by Damien G Walter

Mental Illness, the Beatles, and Sexual Discovery in 1960's Tokyo by Elizabeth Nelson

Rubber Souls - An early novel by Haruki Murakami, about late-60's love, owes a debt to the Beatles By Janice Nimura from The New York Times

GETTING TO THE PULP OF HARUKI MURAKAMI’S NORWEGIAN WOOD: TRANSLATABILITY AND THE ROLE OF POPULAR CULTURE - a thesis submitted by JACQUELYN L. ZUROMSKI at the University of Central Florida

NEGOTIATING PLACE: MULTISCAPES AND NEGOTIATION IN HARUKI MURAKAMI’S NORWEGIAN WOOD - a thesis submitted by KEVIN DAWSON GLADDING at the University of Central Florida

Interesting essay by Eyglo Dada Karlsdottir

Tunnel Vision - Steven Poole delves into Haruki Murakami's masterpieces - May 27, 2000 - The Guardian

I Love Murakami by Daniel Handler (from Village Voice Sept 27th 2000)

Hanami Web review

Complete-review.com details

Book Reporter review by Alison Kim

Reading Group Guide to the novel

Review by Benjamin Solah

Blogging Bookworms review

Rambling Librarian :: Incidental Thoughts of a Singapore Liblogarian

Bookreporter - Review by Alison Kim

Nice Blog review by Eli Bendersky’s

Bookcrossing review by afraberg

The Bookmooch TBR Club Blog review

Murakami’s Norwegian Wood: de-romanticising the outsider by Jai Arjun Singh