Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

by Haruki Murakami
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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

A special movie-tie in edition for the long-awaited film release based on this beloved novel by Haruki Murakami: the story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, a journey to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307950628
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 64,724
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into thirty-four languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.


Tokyo, Japan

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1949

Place of Birth:

Kyoto, Japan


Waseda University, 1973

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Norwegian Wood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Weird_Science More than 1 year ago
A love story like no other, but then again, it's not really like any other love story around. It brings to question as to what love is, what do we consider love to be and what exactly are we looking for when we are in love? This book helps bring back an individual who has suffered from a servere break-up or current divorce because it gives the reader a chance to find himself again, and in some case closure or peace of mind. If you're looking to bounce back from depression and enjoy yourself and your own life, I highly recommend this book!!
Thmsabl More than 1 year ago
Sex, love, and neuroses. What more could anyone ask of a novel? Of course, that IS a gross simplification of a novel which presents some fairly complex themes, such as love, identity, duty, and many others. If one is looking for a read with some texture and depth, look no further. However, if one is looking for an easily digestible, pulp fiction read, he should probably look elsewhere.
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
This is not my favourite novel by Haruki Murakami, but I still enjoyed it. I don`t think it is as great as The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, for instance, but the slow pace of this novel, the dreaminess is great, the characters are very true, very real. It is essentially the story of first and second love and how we open our hearts to another human being, by sometimes risking all that we have. Apparently this is the book that made Murakami famous in the Western world, which I find strange, not because the book is bad, no - it is a great book. But this novel is actually rather different from his other works. I heartily recommend it, but also to read other books from the same author, because they are different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will not only captivate you, but change the way you look at the world. There are not enough stars to give this novel.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
For a Murakami novel, Norwegian Wood was really different. It did not involve someone running away or going missing and it didn't have many crazy things going on. It was a more cohesive story than most of his other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A not-so-simple story about a doomed love affair. A coming-of-age kind of story. Oddly, some of the construction reminds me of Chaucer's 'A Knight's Tale.' Very interesting, that. Anyway, he's a master at characterization. Sometimes I had to step outside of the novel just to marvel at his technique. Sometimes he reminds me of Lorrie Moore, in the way that he makes observations that hit you, bam, in the solar plexus, making you understand certain truths you hadn't understood before. Or, things you'd never verbalized, even internally. Yes. It's so, so good. Maybe a little melodramatic at times (death, death, death), but if a novelist is supposed to help us understand life, well. Yes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A modern moving masterpiece. Haruki captures the pulse of true existentialism in the voice of an adolescent. A treasure to store in one's memory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before its U.S. publication, I had only heard about how wonderful Haruki's first novel was. I knew that it was the novel that broke sales records in Japan and established him as a premier author who not only appealed to a small cult following, but also was admired by readers around the world. I was excited to finally be able to get my hands on a copy that was not a 500 dollar collector's item. This novel was AMAZING! A simple plot line, realistic characters, and clear, descriptive writing throughout. A must read!
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Opens the bag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most "normal" Murakami book I have read, but it's as weird and magical as the rest. This is an excellent coming-of-age novel.
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He falls and looks up as he growls and slashes his attackers muzzle
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Runs over to duskbreeze you okay?
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She creeped along a branch and landed hard on Thorntail's chest before running back to her hideout.
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Love it!! I already read it once I am planning reading it again. I started reading Japanese writers with Banana Yoshimoto. I loved how she described the food and Japanese locations. One friend told me it was impossible to read Murakami but other friend borrow me first South to the border... then I read this one. Both are very similar stories. I really liked how Murakami describes day by day the activities that the characters did and how relationships changes after the years and circunstances. I recommend this book for begginers who wants to start reading Murakami.
babyghost More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Murakami. I have to say I am very honored to have read his work. An amazing story of men, women, and everything that life brings you --be it happiness or sorrow. If you want to see this book come to life, Tran Anh Hung made a film based on this with the same title. It was a good film, but the book was honestly more full of life. Murakami's words are still better than the actors speaking. I am definitely reading more of Murakami's work.
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