Norwegian wood / Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin Murakami, Haruki, 1949-

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Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
Romance fiction.; Tokyo (Japan) - Fiction.; Love stories.
Adult; General
When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past. Norwegian Wood is a simple coming-of-age tale, primarily set in 1969-70. The political upheavals and student strikes of the period form the backdrop. But the focus here is the young Watanabe's love affairs, and the pain and pleasure and attendant losses of growing up. The collapse of a romance which is one among many, leaves him in a shambles...
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