Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Toru Watanabe hears the song Norwegian Wood and begins reminiscing to a time 20 years before when he was a college student in the late 60s/early 70s in Tokyo and was in love with a broken girl, Naoko. When he meets Midori, he begins questioning just how his love can be split in two.

A coming of age story, Norwegian Wood includes lots of casual sex (with some somewhat graphic descriptions) and drinking. Mental illness and suicide figure prominently. While I didn’t find it to be a horrible book, I also didn’t find it to be great either. It was just kind of there. I was left somewhat depressed. I can’t say I really recommend it to anyone.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 3
Pages Read in 2017: 1349
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: BAW Read Along

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