Norwegian Wood in November: Care to Join Me?

(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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34 thoughts on “Norwegian Wood in November: Care to Join Me?

  1. Oh, geez, I so want to join in. But, I swear this moving business is going to be my death. I keep forgetting I'm a blogger!!! Seriously! Maybe I should just shelve the blog and read along. Except . . . I do have a few commitments (tours, reviews). *sigh*

  2. I would love to read Murakami – he's been on my list for some time now. But I only have The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and I'm on a no-more-books-in-the-house embargo at the moment. But I may well read that to show solidarity with you!

  3. I have a pretty long list of books to read for the rest of the year, but a re-read of Norwegian Wood is not a bad idea at all. Especially since I still have to watch the film adaptation. I'll have to think about it :)

  4. Bellezza, you know I'm in. Anything by Murakami and I have to read it ;) Plus, I've been wanting to read something for the JLC6, so this is perfect! Can't wait! I'm going to order my book this week :)

  5. I'm not going to commit, at least not officially. but I've wanted to try Murakami and failed miserably with 1Q84, so maybe this is just the ticket. It's not quite as long. ;)

    And, in other news, I FINISHED The Thorn Birds!!! Finally! It only took me 5 weeks. I'll get my notes off to you and we can decide where to go from there (posting on the blogs or just chat between ourselves). I'm so sorry it took me forever to read this beast!

  6. Well, if you're in the middle of 1Q84 your hands are full. This one is much shorter, thankfully for some, but please do join us in the discussion late in November.

  7. Well, if anyone can understand a no more books in the house embargo it is surely I. Have fun with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle which I adored up to the end. Which I didn't fully understand. But, I still adore it. (If you could possibly join in Norwegian Wood to show solidarity, I'd love it!!)

  8. I haven't seen the film apart from the trailer I linked to above. It seems the perfect autumnal read, and really, I've been meaning to read all of Murakami for quite some time now. This would simply be another off the list, only about four left to go!

  9. Hooray, Nadia! So glad that you're joining in, too. We'll have a good time discussing it, I'm sure, especially as we seem to feel so similarly about what we read.

  10. Hmmm, I'm not sure 1Q84 should be the place to start with Murakami…it's rather a beast! This one is more 'realistic' and it's much, much shorter. Of course, probably The Thorn Birds is shorter than 1Q84. ;) Never be sorry with me, friend, and I'd love to hear your notes. Mine aren't many, but I'm sure they're in agreement with yours.

  11. I don't think I'll have time to join you in November, but if it makes you feel any better, I'm reading the Spanish translation of Kafka on the Shore for your J-Lit challenge now! :D

  12. You reading Kafka On The Shore in Spanish reminds me (a little bit) of me ordering Chinese food in Germany. I hope you don't lose as much in translation as I did! ;)

    Seriously, I'm so looking forward to your thoughts. It's my favorite Murakami of all I've read so far.

  13. Ha ha! I know what you're saying (I myself had really good Chinese food the last time I was in Paris), but I have no reason to suspect that the Spanish translation is inferior to the English one. This way I get to practice my Spanish + more importantly I don't have to subsidize Vintage for their questionable Murakami translation practices–still mad at them after hearing that they cut out about 50 pages from the U.S. translation of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and then tried to hide that fact from their readers. A dirty trick, that!

  14. I think I would, but I don't want to commit yet because I have a feeling November is going to be busy with our moving. But I'll add it to my calendar just in case I do get some time.

  15. Hello Bellezza! I'd like to join as well thanks :)
    Have a massive tbr next month, but Norwegian Wood is one of my favourite Murakamis (strangely enough, I didn't like it the first time I read it, but it's grown on me since) so I'm unable to resist!

  16. Tuesday, hooray! I'm so glad you're joining me/us in this reading! I've not read this before, which surprises me as it's one of his most famous novels. I'm looking forward to discussing it all together.

  17. Yay :)

    Haha I have a habit of doing that as well. Not consciously avoiding, but somehow managing not to read writers' most famous novels: Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The English Patient, Midnight's Children…

  18. This is due for a reread at some point, but not just yet (November will be German-language dominated!).

    By the way, I'm thinking of organising a J-Lit reading month in January, to coincide with the last month of your challenge. If I go ahead, I'm going to have a mini-site with links to your challenge. Just trying to see if people are interested at the moment :)

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