Norwegian Wood Book Cover Norwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami
Japanese fiction
Random House

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.

My Review

The book told the story of a Japanese man named Toru Watanabe who is transported back some 20 years, while listening to a Beatles song that was a favourite of his first love Naokos’, to a time of uneasy freindships, casual sex, passion loss and desire.

I decided to read this book after hearing several book tubers talking about it on their channels and I am so glad I did because it was a well written and beautifully almost lyrical (in places) book. It covered the very difficult subjects of mental Illness, suicide and family relationships in a very sensitive and thought provoking way.

All the characters were very well developed and multi faceted which made them very easy to connect with. The relationships between the main characters and the main and supporting characters were really believable because they were so well written.<br><br>I found the first few chapters a bit slow going but they were the ones where most of the character and plot development happened, but this along with the fact that when I started reading the book I wasn’t really in the right head space for it because of the nature of the subject matter.

While reading this book I felt a full gambit of emotions ranging from anger (the Tim’s when Toru was being so distant from Naoko and Midori) to tear in eye sorrow (when was going through the periods of grief after his best friend Kizuki and then Naoko committed suicide), to laughing out loud at certain points.

So all in all I loved this book and am sure I will read it again in the future, and because I enjoyed this book so much I will definitely gradually read his other books. I feel sure that next time I read this book I will pick up on many things that I missed the first time I read it. It is for these reasons as well as the fact that I would recommend anyone who wants to read more widely, especially things connected with mental illness/suicide, as well as buying it for anyone I know who I think will enjoy it that I gave it 5/5 stars