Norwegian Wood

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
145 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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User Review  - evilmoose - LibraryThing

Ah Murakami, with your slightly surreal world, and your allegorical characters, and the random sex. I wasn't sure about this book at first, as Toru Watanabe reminisced, flashing back to his coming of ... Read full review

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User Review  - yamayukkikun - LibraryThing

Somehow, I find it troubling to find a word that accurately describe this book. Peaceful? No. Exciting? No. It's nearly impossible to do so. But, this book has absolutely left a big impression on me. Read full review

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Contents

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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
167
VIII
200
IX
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X
236
XI
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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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