Norwegian Wood — Book

November 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami had been on my to-read list for a long time. Finally got to read it and finished it a couple of days back. Made me get back in touch with a couple of friends that I really care about, but had not been in touch with for some time, except for seeing their occasional insta or fb posts — that seems to be all we do these days, instead of making time to physically go see and touch and feel our friends. Hoping to go see these two friends in person soon too.

Many would have seen the book as a love story and that’s fine of course. For me the little insights into the Japanese society of the late 60s and 1970 were also very interesting. For example, I was a teenager at a time in India when, in general, sex before marriage was taboo in most middle class families. In stark contrast to young Toru Watanabe’s world in which young people do it all the time with anyone they like. I of course later had girlfriends who had been sexually active in their teens well before they met me, which made things pretty interesting for me.

Today, the one thing I took away from the book was Murakami’s ability to weave death into and as part of life and not just something final that will one day happen to everyone. And what that does to the living and how they deal with it as they go on living. I also didn’t know about the Beatles song Norwegian Wood, which is among Naoko’s favourites in the story — and so the name of the book — so I went and listened to that and a bunch of other Beatles songs as well.

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