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First American Publication

This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally 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.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

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    Classic

    My fav Murakami and over-all one of my classic. Very powerful and but yet so calming. I never get tired of it, read it in english and than french. A must-read

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    Hard to put into words.

    This is a novel that touched me in a way no other book has ever done. I feel my memories are somehow linked with the main characters, where I can't discern mine from his. Sounds silly, but I guess that's how deeply it resonated with me. These are characters that will stay with me for a long time.

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    Beautifully written. Innocent and charming.

    Beautifully written. Loved the innocence, charm and honesty of all the characters. Made me want to be a twenty year old college student again. A magical, but quietly sad story.

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    How a culture being told

    Read this when I was in college and read it again. Still fond of it though it is on of the darkest book I've read. He told well about several japanese and theie committing suicide isssue and all.

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