Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood is a book that is equal parts sad and beautiful. I loved the glimpse into the depiction of university life that wasn't all about parties and social status, identity politics, or about trying to infiltrate various groups. Toru just happens to be studying, but his life goes well beyond what is happening on campus. His friendships are few, but often intense and he gets intimate glimpses into the personal lives of the other characters, including Reiko, who, for me, was the most difficult character to stomach. These things are highly subjective, of course, but I got a sense that Reiko was an unreliable narrator. What was her hold over Naoko? And was she dishonest to Toru or simply delusional about her past? I suspect it is up to the reader to decide.
A slow burn, with complex characters, heartbreaking situations and moments of beauty.