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🌸Haruki Murakami-Norwegian Wood- Book Review 🌸

(This review is spoiler-free, just trigger warnings at the end)

I am a massive Japanese Literature fan and one of my goals for 2018 is to read more Japanese Lit by different authors.  I have wanted to read  Haruki Murakami for a while now, I always knew I would like his books so I have never been in a rush to read one, if that makes sense? However, I got Norwegian Wood as a Christmas present and it was the first Murakami book I have read. If you’re reading this and do not read Japanese Lit then Murakami is a very famous Japanese author that is unique for his writing style.


Norwegian Wood is one of my all time favourite books that I have read so far. It is about a man called Toru Watanabe who hears a version of the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood, and the music transports him back 18 years to his college days where he was in love with a girl called Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend. The rest of the book tells you all about his college days and his romantic relationships and his unique friendships.  It is also about how he copes with love, sex, tragedy, and loss. It is interesting to read about what Toru gets up to during these years and the unique friends he made and many parts of this book had me laughing. It is also interesting to read about the culture in Japan, what their lifestyles are like, and their cooking etc. I am very interested in Japanese culture so I loved that this book was set in Tokyo. I love Murakami’s writing style, this first-person book draws you in and makes you connect with all the characters. His writing is extremely descriptive and I especially liked it when he was describing the weather. I liked the little detail about the characters in this book that Murakami included, for example, what books Toru was reading.

My favourite character is Midori, I have never witnessed a character like her before, she is almost relatable and a joy to read about. She is funny and says things that we have all thought but never wanted to say out loud. Each character in this book has their own story and I loved that. The characters were enjoyable to read about because there were around the similar age as me, some were relatable and some were definitely not. There wasn’t a line in this nearly 400-page book that did not interest me, it is an enjoyable and easy read, but it does tackle some difficult topics. and I definitely recommend it. I read this book very slowly because I did not want it to end, such an amazing book and Haruki Murakami is a brilliant author.

(TRIGGER warning: this book includes death, depression, sex, r*pe, suicide)

thank you for reading guys, have you read any Murakami? Let me know in the comments x x







  1. Dalindcy Koolhoven
    January 28, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I finally bought this book last week and after your review, I cannot wait to read it. Honestly, the blurb and everything doesn\’t make it sound too interesting, but I love good characters and I love Japanese culture. Ahh I\’m so excited now! Really enjoyed this post! <3

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      I had heard about this book before I read the blurb so I thought the same about the blurb tbh it doesn\’t sell it very well but honestly this book is amazing you will love it!!! thank you and thanks for reading!

  2. January 28, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Loved this post, sounds like such an interesting book that I\’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for, thank you for the review! X

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      no worries thank you for reading! x

  3. January 28, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Wow this sounds like an intense book and a talented and brave author to put all of that out into the world! I can\’t say I\’ve ever been interested or even heard of any Japanese lit but I\’ve got to say this post has intrigued me!
    Alice Xx

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      it is a pretty intense book but it isn\’t too much if you know what I mean? thank you for reading lovely xx

  4. January 28, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    This sounds really good, I haven’t read any Japanese lot before!

  5. January 28, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    This book sounds so interesting! I have a lot of friends who are interested in the Japanese culture and love books related to it, so I’ll have to write it down and buy it as a little gift for them 😊 I love a good book that is quite emotive and descriptive too, so I may just have to check this out myself!xx

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      deffo check it out it is honestly such a good book! I am sure your friends would love it too then! thanks for reading xxx

  6. Corinne and Kirsty
    January 28, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I absolutely adore Murakami! I have read many of his books but not this one. Thanks for the review, I\’ll make sure I add this one to my reading list! xx corinne

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      really! I thought this was the most popular one and the one most people go for haha! have you got any suggestions on my next Murakami book to read? you should deffo give Norwegian Wood a read it is such a lovely book xx

  7. February 4, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I’ve never read any Japanese books before. But thanks for this interesting review 🙂

    Jemma x

    • February 4, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      no problem thanks for reading! I think you should deffo give japanese lit a try! x

  8. February 4, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Well this book definitely sounds like something different! I haven’t really looked into japanese literature before, maybe it’s something i should delve into and learn!

    • February 4, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      yeah deffo! thank you for reading!

  9. February 4, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    So many Murakami fans! Haha it gets me excited when I get to him, whenever that is 😂

    • February 8, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      you should read him soon!

  10. April 9, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    This is one of my favorite novels

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