Book a Day – Norwegian Wood

Book a Day I read because of my reading club – August 2018

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Norwegian Wood by by Haruki Murakami was a book we picked out for our book club meeting in November 2015. I was pleased with this pick since back then I was relatively  new to the book club and was more than happy to try out some of the worlds most renowned authors.

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Needless to say this was my first book by a Japanese author as well. The simple melancholy setting was at first confusing and it took me by surprise. I don’t think I was ready for the slow pace of the book that made the reader think along with the main character. Some phrases were rather profound and required longer contemplation.

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At the time I was on my reading spree and could not really appreciate a book that needs time for contemplation. With the exception of few short remarks on melancholy and thought inspiring quotes I did not make any other notes or reviews. Only years later after my trip to Tokyo, Japan and seeing the Japanese culture up close I am able to appreciate the wordsmithing and the setting of the book.

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