Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
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.
My first ever blog post was a review of a Haruki Murakami book
(not thins one though), so I thought I would bring everything back around and talk about my favourite Murakami book that I have read so far. That, obviously, being Norwegian Wood. To be fair I have only read three books by Murakami so far, but I have enjoyed all of them a lot and I do plan on reading more by him in the future.
I read Norwegian Wood a few years ago and completely adored it. That was actually the second Murakami book that I read and one that a very good friend of mine recommended to me. Needless to say I very much enjoyed that book! There was just something about it that spoke to me. I liked all the characters and found them interesting, I just wanted to know more and more about them
(which doesn’t happen too often). The story was interesting as well. I love the way Murakami manages to make his books atmospheric, they are always a delight to read.