(click on the woods to take you to the film clip)

Is there anything more compelling than a wood?
Perhaps, if there is, it would be Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood. Declared to be the novel which raised Murakami to literary stardom, it contains some of my very favorite quotes from him:
 
“But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.” 
 
and:
“I didn’t have much to say to anybody but kept to myself and my books. With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw it’s fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.” 
 
It’s got some themes that alarm me; at the same time, I think it is necessary to experience life’s emotions when we read. Then we can process our own wounds while learning from the characters’ authors’. And there is no one in the secular world I’d rather learn from than Haruki Murakami.
 
So, won’t you join me for a reading of Norwegian Wood in November? We’ll post on November 30, giving ourselves the full month to read. I so look forward to hearing your thoughts should you participate. After all, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”  ~Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)
 
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