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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.

Review:

"Norwegian Wood...not only points to but manifests the author's genius." Chicago Tribune

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"Murakami tells a subtle, charming, profound and very sexy story of young love bound for tragedy." Publishers Weekly

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"[O]ne of Murakami's most appealing — if uncharacteristic — books....[A]nother solid building-block in one of contemporary fiction's most energetic and impressive bodies of work." Kirkus Reviews

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"Haruki Murakami is our greatest living practitioner of fiction....The novels aren't afraid to pull tricks usually banned from serious fiction: they are suspenseful, corny, spooky, and hilarious; they're airplane reading, but when you're through you spend the rest of the flight, the rest of the month, rethinking life." Daniel Handler, The Village Voice

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"Deeply moving, darkly comic, beautifully written, and smoothly translated, this is for all literary fiction collections." Library Journal

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"Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"[A] treat...Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done." The Baltimore Sun

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"A world class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks." Washington Post Book World

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"[Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature." Newsday

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“A masterly novel....Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami's hand.” The New York Times Book Review

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“[A] treat...Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.” The Baltimore Sun

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.

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A.Greene.xp, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by A.Greene.xp)
The characters in this book stayed with me longer than many other characters that I've encountered in novels. Haruki Murakami has a way with words; everything he writes is pure poetic prose. There isn't a moment that passes in the novel without careful attention to scenery, or emotion, or character development, or a combination of the three. The book speaks about a lot of deep human feelings, and during and after I read it, I was touched by how well Murakami was able to put these abstractions into words. I highly recommend this book, but know that it is a sad, albeit beautiful, read.
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Zackie, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Zackie)
Deeply moving. Poetic without losing touch with reality.
This is by far Murakami's best work and one of the greatest books ever written.
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kshaffner, November 28, 2006 (view all comments by kshaffner)
Norwegian Wood, named after the eponymous Beatles? song, is vintage Murakami, analogous to Catcher in the Rye in that it has become required reading for soulful Japanese youth. A dark coming-of-age story with more innocence and less surrealist imagery than the trippy, Oedipal (but also excellent) Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood is first and foremost about the haunting, unforgettable nature of lost love.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375704024
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Vintage
Translator:
Rubin, Jay
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
College students
Subject:
Love stories
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Subject:
fiction;japan;japanese;novel;suicide;love;coming of age;mental illness;japanese literature;romance;literature;murakami;tokyo;magical realism;20th century;contemporary;contemporary fiction;death;1960s;japanese fiction;haruki murakami;relationships;college;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International Original
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.71 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375704024 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Norwegian Wood...not only points to but manifests the author's genius."
"Review" by , "Murakami tells a subtle, charming, profound and very sexy story of young love bound for tragedy."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of Murakami's most appealing — if uncharacteristic — books....[A]nother solid building-block in one of contemporary fiction's most energetic and impressive bodies of work."
"Review" by , "Haruki Murakami is our greatest living practitioner of fiction....The novels aren't afraid to pull tricks usually banned from serious fiction: they are suspenseful, corny, spooky, and hilarious; they're airplane reading, but when you're through you spend the rest of the flight, the rest of the month, rethinking life."
"Review" by , "Deeply moving, darkly comic, beautifully written, and smoothly translated, this is for all literary fiction collections."
"Review" by , "Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels."
"Review" by , "[A] treat...Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done."
"Review" by , "A world class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks."
"Review" by , "[Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature."
"Review" by , “A masterly novel....Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami's hand.”
"Review" by , “[A] treat...Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.”
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