‘Norwegian Wood’ is the fourth Murakami novel I have read, and this is my favourite. I asked myself why do I love this most comparing to others, but, I could not find any answer. The man in this novel is very sad at the beginning of the story thinking about his past, what did happen to him before many years ago, when he was a college-going, boy.
Everyone in this world has a strong desire to go back to their past like the main character of the story. There is no answer that why do people love their history more than the present or future.
“No Man is rich enough to buy back his past.” – Oscar Wilde.
Through his skill, Haruki Murakami beautifully describes the “complexity of relationships” in this literary work. The novel ends with a question, “Where are you now?”. The author did not give any answers. Instead, he is making readers to find those things themselves. This is the novel which proves Murakami’s real talent as a writer also if we conduct a survey among Murakami readers and ask them, which is the best Murakami’s work, then the answer is one, ‘Norwegian Wood.’
The readers can picturize things from Murakami’s words, and this makes the writer different. When he writes ‘Honolulu‘, we feel that we are in Honolulu and when he writes ‘Tokyo’, we will reach there.
Most of the Murakami novels saying that the death is the only one truth surrounding the human. This is not different for ‘Norwegian Wood.’ There are three suicides in the story, and the reason for their death is unknown.
Many critics find that “this is the novel which has less magical realism content and a changing from usual Murakami style.” “The novel is written in 1987” as per Wikipedia and “translated into English in 2000 by Alfred Birnbaum.”