Norwegian Wood (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
153 Reviews
First American Publication

This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.

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.
  

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Found ti hard to read more than a chapter at a time. - LibraryThing
Premise of book and sanitorium. - LibraryThing
Perhaps the country doesn't value writing. - LibraryThing
Murakami's writing translates well. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - xuebi - LibraryThing

Norwegian Wood is unlike most books by Haruki Murakami in that it deals less with the noticeably odd and instead is concerned with a coming-of-age story. The main character, Toru, is at university in ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgmcc - LibraryThing

In this book Murakami expounds on the imperfections of us all and demonstrates that no matter how much we try not to hurt the people we love that we can inadvertently end up doing the very thing we do ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
4
Section 3
11
Section 4
18
Section 5
37
Section 6
41
Section 7
47
Section 8
56
Section 21
167
Section 22
172
Section 23
184
Section 24
187
Section 25
197
Section 26
200
Section 27
217
Section 28
236

Section 9
64
Section 10
79
Section 11
80
Section 12
85
Section 13
90
Section 14
107
Section 15
135
Section 16
143
Section 17
147
Section 18
148
Section 19
162
Section 20
163
Section 29
249
Section 30
254
Section 31
259
Section 32
271
Section 33
274
Section 34
279
Section 35
288
Section 36
292
Section 37
293
Section 38
294
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About the author (2010)

Haruki Murakami lives near Tokyo.

Newly translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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