Norwegian Wood Group Read: General Thread
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Hope you have your copy ready, if not, you still have 2 weeks!
I once had a girl...
Wookie- Did you find it?
Would anyone else like to share their Murakami history?
My first Murakami read was The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I'm not sure what brought it to my attention, but I do remember a friend with shining eyes telling me that it was her favourite Murakami, but I'm not sure if that was *before* I started it (so that's why I chose that particular book), or after I read it (and she could chat about it with me). It might have also grabbed my attention being on the "1001" list. I know my local bookshop were in a happy tizzy when Kafka on the Shore came out, so maybe I caught the buzz but decided to start with an earlier book.
Nowadays, I write reviews so I can remind myself of all this detail. :)
Anyhow, I loved The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and have also read his Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart, Dance, Dance, Dance, and Underground, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. And now I get to read Norwegian Wood, which has been languishing in Mt TBR purgatory for too long.
I have found my copy (propping up one side of the TBR Isthmus under the bedside table, as predicted), dusted it off and put it on top of Mt TBR. It will be started asap.
It is a wonderful innovative site and has great lists. One thing you will discover that in all of Murakami's work music is very important, as are some other symbolic things. But the music lists on this web site are very detailed and helpful.
I love the covers of his books. They are worthy of study for their own art work. They are so distinctive and bright. They garner lots of comment whenever I lay the books down where people can see them.
I hate having no room. Sigh.
Bekka- Find that copy! Come on! We're rooting for you!
Donna- Glad to see you are taking a faithful plunge with us! Hope it's deep and soothing!
For many years Murakami owned and ran a jazz club in Tokyo. I find the references to the musical works in all his books fascinating. It is so detailed. Right down to the page numbers on which the work is mentioned.
I'll go nag the library - whoever's got it is overdue anyway.
One thing did make me laugh - they have two copies (both out grrr) and one is filed in non fiction under wood polishes... I think this may be an error somehow!
That made me laugh!
Too bad that I am never able to order just one book (I know that the fixed delivery fee is a lame excuse to order more). My tbr pile will reach new heights...
Deern- It's a pretty fast read! You should catch up with no problem. I'm less than 80 pages in.
How's everything? Hopin' everyone is good.
I didn't see a final thread for Norwegian Wood so I will just leave a very few words here. I tried to remain within the reading plan, but just couldn't do it. And as I don't want to "mis-place" any spoilers; let me just say that for someone who didn't want to read this book; (& only did because I accidentally ordered it) that I loved it!~!
My very first Murakami, but surely not my last. Breathtaking beautiful, heartrendingly sad; it took my very breath away.
Thank you so much Mark for one of my best reads of the year.
hugs all round,
Norwegian Wood was my first Murakami and I really enjoyed it. I'd like to read more of his books, does anyone have any recommendations for which one I should try next? From people's comments on the discussion threads it seems like Norwegian Wood is not always like his other books, but I'd like to try them anyway!