Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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A departure from Murakami's more fantastical works, this unusual novel is a story of young love laced with tragedy. Amidst a cloud of death, Toru, a quiet and serious college student, must choose between the beautiful but mentally untethered Naoko and the unique, fiercely independent Midori. Lyrically written and very REAL, it's a refreshing, intriguing, and meditative read. Wholly recommended.

Julietta Cole

Murakami's most accessible work, and in some ways also his most personal. A wayward young man longs for an introverted beauty, although a death years ago continues to haunt them. If you're looking for somewhere to start with Murakami, this is the perfect jumping on point. This novel feels like being nostalgic for a place you've never been.

Chris Linendoll

Sophisticated coming-of-age story, chock-full of musical and literary references, where a young man struggles with the vagaries of life and the inevitability of death. — Mike Hare


From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore: A magnificent coming-of-age story steeped in nostalgia, “a masterly novel” (The New York Times Book Review) blending the music, the mood, and the ethos that were the sixties with a young man’s hopeless and heroic first love.

Now with a new introduction by the author.

Toru, a serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. As Naoko retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

Stunning and elegiac, Norwegian Wood first propelled Haruki Murakami into the forefront of the literary scene.

About the Author

HARUKI MURAKAMI lives near Tokyo.

Newly translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.

Praise For…

“A masterly novel.... Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami’s hand.” The New York Times Book Review

Norwegian Wood...not only points to but manifests the author’s genius.” Chicago Tribune

“[A] treat...Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.”The Baltimore Sun

“Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels.” Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375704024
ISBN-10: 0375704027
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 12th, 2000
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage International