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A Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood is a fast forward through a half-lit or even dimly-lit part of a young boy's life, a carousel of intense passion, metamorphic desires, despicable love and the kind of unhappiness and deplorability that add lifetimes of meaning to actions that had barely lasted minutes.

Norwegian Wood is life lived under the thick, heaving, humid range of a faint halogen bulb, Norwegian Wood is low-light. It is a simple story of inexplicable love, desire, the urgency and the consuming flames of which can only be doused by the quiet rage of reciprocating desire. A story of growing up to and with the momentous experience we glibly call life, Norwegian Wood is an unhappy tale in all its diffused radiance.

Haruki Murakami, the author of Norwegian Wood, first published the title, only his second complete novel in the year 1987 in Japanese, his native tongue. The title of the novel was borrowed from 60s English Rock band The Beatles' 1965 track of the same name, also considered the first ever composition in the sub-genre of raga-rock. Much like the disjointed lyrics of the song, the novel talks about a young university student joining a multitude of scattered dots with naive debonair, only to look back and call it a life, in retrospect. Toru Watanabe has seen few friendships, love that splits you into two and one too many deaths and Toru Watanabe has come out if not victorious, certainly more ductile, albeit the needier.

The narrative is paced strictly for the introspective, sedated reader and chooses a drift akin to that of a gentle glacier caught every now and then by dank embankments, gurgling, halting and choking on its own latent fury. Haruki Murakami's sorcery with the written word, his mastery over storytelling and his unrivalled understanding of the beautiful pain inherent in life have perceptibly made Norwegian Wood much more than just a paperback. Norwegian Wood is an experience.

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