Dear readers, how is the weather in your part of the world? On this side of the world, we are enjoying drizzling every now and then, it is making reading all the more beautiful. A book in hand, a warm cup of beverage, and a soft drizzling of raindrops, heaven indeed. As the half-year has gone by, I decided to pen down my thoughts on one of the most memorable books that I have read this year.
How do you choose your next read?
For me, the major percentage of my book selections comes from recommendations from avid readers. This book was picked on a recommendation that I received on a social media platform. Do you generally research about the author before picking up his/her book? I don’t unless the author is more famous than his/her books which usually happens if the author is a known figure other than the literary world.
The Author: Haruki Murakami
I am sure the name of this author won’t be new to any avid reader out there. The book that I will be writing about today was my first introduction to his world and I am already in love. The book found its place in the most memorable book slot of mine for many reasons. I think, I am obsessed with his way of writing now and have already watched many of his interviews on social media platforms as well.
Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949, in Kyoto Japan. His novels, essays, and short stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside Japan.
In his own words “Until Norwegian Wood was published, I was an avant-garde “cult” author popular among young readers. Most of my books sold 100,000 copies but no more. But Norwegian Wood was picked up by readers across generations, sold over 2 million copies, and became a phenomenal bestseller. I personally love this work, but looking at it objectively, I think it is an anomaly among my works. After Norwegian Wood, I have not written any purely realistic novels and have no intention of writing anymore at this time.” (Source)
The book: Norwegian Woods
The story of this novel is told from a first-person perspective – Toru Watanabe. The protagonist Watanabe is someone who will leave a mark in your heart. It’s a very different character from the ones that I have read so far, which will draw your attention throughout the story. I am glad that I picked this one up from many recommendations that I have received for Murakami’s books.
A book that takes you on a journey and you become part of a character’s life, that’s a charm, not every writer holds through their writing. Murakami’s writing is flawless and writing complex emotions with such ease is an art that he has a stronghold on. It is a weird blend of sad and intriguing life stories of the characters involved. The ending is open to one’s interpretation but doesn’t falter from leaving a memory in your mind.
Is it one of the best books by this author? I don’t know but it definitely is a starting of a new journey, for me for Murakami’s books. I will always be mesmerized by how flawlessly and impactfully the emotions get through to you via Murakami’s writing.
It is simple and beautiful, to say the least.
This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.
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