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Just finished this

What did I think of it?
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Why don't you tell me?
I can give you my opinion, but I can't give you your opinion.
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>>12757572
you want to fuck Reiko
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>>12759230
who doesnt
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>>12759230
yes i do

>>12757572
good coming of age book. makes me wish to live an idyllic life as watanabe, sadly will never happen. i remember somewhere i read that murakami was influenced by his own life to make this book, and he said that his college days were nowhere near interesting as watanabe’s lol
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>>12757572
Nice atmosphere, shitty plot
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>you will never watch S&M porn with some nympho jap
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>>12757572
>What did I think of it?
"I wish mom would bring me the tendies"
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>>12759230
How old is she actually meant to be? Her wrinkles are mentioned a few times which makes me think she's an old woman...
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>>12760233
They were fuckable wrinkles.
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>>12760500
So like 38?
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>>12760233
I got the impression that she was maybe late 40s to early 50s
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I hate it with a passion.

It's fun for a little bit at the beginning when he's just talking about the guys living in the dorm. Murakami himself said that if the book was straight up biographical it would have been 15 pages. It shows. As soon as he tries to set up these complicated love interests it just becomes ridiculous and trite.
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>>12760233
>>12761890

I thought the narrator mentioned she was somewhere between 40-50?

>>12761896

I feel like it drags on completely after Toru leaves the wellness place. Other than that it was alright.
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>>12762384
I found the part where he discribes the journey to the institute so jarring. Everything before that is rather brisk qua pace, but for some reason Murikami found it necessary to go into minute detail about a bus ride.
For the rest of the book all plot-points become so transparent and I couldn't shake the image of Murikami as some clumsy puppeteer trying to make me interested in these hollow characters with contrived melodrama.
So much death and sex used to give characters the illusion of depth. Really boring and unimpressive desu.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I picked it up after coming back from a year off college.
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>>12757572
Norwegian here, should I read the translated version? It is in my bookshelf, but I've never bothered since I assume it would be better in english.
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>>12759866
>the blurb for every single murakami
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>>12763043
it'd be better staying on the bookshelf
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>>12763829
takker
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I cant remember the names, but that one part where the student seduces the music teacher was pretty hot desu
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>>12762549
> for some reason Murikami found it necessary to go into minute detail about a bus ride.
I actually enjoyed that part, his description of the city giving way to small towns and then sparsely populated hills and mountains was really cozy
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>>12764102
In isolation the chapter is fine, my grievance is with the odd shift in pacing.

I must admit I read it on a hellish 13hour flight while being sick and unable to sleep- so the general comfiness (which seems to be one of the few redeeming qualities) was most likely lost on me.
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>>12757572
I really enjoyed it when I read it and I'm planning on rereading it later this year. I quite like coming-of-age stories and nontraditional love stories though so this sort of novel would always have personally appealed to me.
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>>12764966
Have you read Wind-Up Bird Chronicles? Much better desu
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>>12764984
I have and I do generally enjoy his more "dream-like" stuff more but I cannot for the life of me remember any specifics from it. I'll have to reread that as well
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I truly just wanna be the autistic guy described by Watanabe. I don't remember his name, but he had all these rituals and routines, and was obessed by cleanliness.
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>>12757572
Haruki Maruki's best book in that it showcases all of his worst qualities as a writer and reveals that all of his fucking protags are the same apathetic and aimless jazz enthusiasts and literature buffs that tenderly ponder the shape of women's breasts.
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>>12765130
You want to be stormtrooper?
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>>12765286
Why was he called that? I didn't read the book, but is Star Wars referenced in there, somewhere?
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>>12763043
Read it in Norwegian, mannn. Just because, you know, "Norwegian" Wood and all.
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>>12765138
Along with fucking anyone they please even though they have no pull to actually warrant that behavior from women
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This book felt like the equivalent of a one night stand for me. Got very absorbed in the atmosphere and consumed it super fast, then forgot about it as soon as I was done with it. But it was a really comfy read
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Eye-roll moments in Norwegian Wood:

>'My dead boyfriend never made me wet, but you make me GUSH!' Naoko

>Midori being this obnoxious manic-pixie ditz, who apparently has a heart of gold for caring for her sick father (who gets killed off almost as soon as he's introduced anyway).

>Reiko going into explicit sexual detail about her encounter with her underaged pianostudent in a dialoge with Watanabe.

>All the pointless intertextual references to books and music (I.E.: things the author likes).

>Watanabe being the dullest character who never initiates anything, but somehow attracts all the females in the book.

>Painfully thin social commentary that would only appeal to those already convinced of its sentiments.

>I never finished it, but I'm sure the ending deserves to be on this list too.

>Its named after a fucking Beatles song.
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>>12768298
9gag: the book
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>>12768298
nagasawa was the most based character
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>>12768298
>The out of nowhere sex scene between Watanabe and Reiko
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>>12768298
It was a good anime (book).
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>>12768493
Lol didn't make it that far. So he sleeps with all female characters accept Nagasawa's gf. Thats rich. What a dumb fucking book.
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>>12757572
Tbh it made me feel kinda lonely.



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