Book Reviews of Norwegian Wood (Vintage International Original)

Norwegian Wood (Vintage International Original)
Norwegian Wood - Vintage International Original
Author: Haruki Murakami
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ISBN-13: 9780375704024
ISBN-10: 0375704027
Publication Date: 9/12/2000
Pages: 304
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Oustanding. This is a wonderful translation of a book that was a national sensation in Japan.
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I am a fan of Murakami. This story is very different from his others; no metaphysics or mystical places or alternative realities. It's a coming of age story that takes place in the 60's. It's a story of love, loss, and friendship. It is sad, sweet and in the end cathartic...and I loved it.
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Murakami's tale of alienation and coming of age is timeless and compelling, like only he can conceive. Highly recommended.
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This author has an excellent grasp of language. I adore his descriptions, comparisons, and simile. The story itself is about an unapologetically human experience that takes place in the 1960's during the main characters college years.
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good book - I really liked the characters-they seemed real!!
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Good book for book club discussion, but it wasn't the best book I've ever read.
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I think you have to be an introvert to love this author. He's highly introspective, and his characters are always thoughtful and unusual.
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This book is not, I think, what most people expect in a novel of first love. Too much meaningless sex (Perhaps an unworthy thought, but--to sell the book?), for one thing, and the main character and his love, Naoko, seem to exist in a vacuum. Naoko is like a cardboard cutout. Some may find this mysterious. The behavior of the "sexually liberated" young woman that the main character is drawn to (no, let's just make that "gravitates to") borders on the bizarre. I found the book as a whole distasteful and boring and will never open another one by Murakami, but some, judging from a now long-past Readers Paradise thread, like it.
To each his own.
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This book is not what most people expect in a novel of first love. Too much meaningless sex (Perhaps an unworthy thought, but--to sell the book?), for one thing, and the main character and his love, Naoko, seem to exist in a vacuum. Naoko is like a cardboard cutout. Some may find this mysterious. The behavior of the "sexually liberated" young woman that the main character is drawn to (no, let's just make that "gravitates to") borders on the bizarre. I found the book as a whole distasteful and boring and will never open another one by Murakami, but some, judging from a now long-past Readers Paradise thread, like it.

To each his own,
But leave me alone.
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Translated from the original Japanese.

Love, loss, memory.
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The description given here is fair enough, but so far as I am concerned, this book is not what most people expect in a novel of first love. Too much meaningless sex (Perhaps an unworthy thought, but--to sell the book?), for one thing, and the main character and his love, Naoko, seem to exist in a vacuum. Naoko is like a cardboard cutout. Some may find this mysterious. The behavior of the "sexually liberated" (again, see jacket blurb) young woman that the main character is drawn to (no, let's just make that "gravitates to") borders on the bizarre. I found the book as a whole distasteful and boring and will never open another one by Murakami, but some, judging from a now long-past Readers Paradise thread, like it.
To each his own.