My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been struggling to read anything new for a while now, trying a bunch of different books. This is the first one that I picked up and couldn’t put back down again.
It’s a simple yet complex tale of a young man and his experiences of falling in love with two unusual women, while at the same time dealing with the suicides and mental illnesses of those close to him. The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood is the perfect soundtrack for the reading of it, along with any of the other songs mentioned in the text.
I’ve heard that it’s quite different from Murakami’s other books, which makes me not sure if I really want to read his others. I love his writing in this one, and although I enjoy many styles of writing, I think I’ll put off reading anything else by him for a couple of years, just so I can savour Norwegian Wood for a while.