More than meets the eye

Norwegian Wood
How would you describe peace in print? I’d call it Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. To say the book is complex would be an understatement. Then again, how can one simplify a narrative that draws up the life of teenagers, who are broken yet perfect in their own right. Teenagers who are on the threshold of adulthood and have experienced things way more than they should at their age. The book affects you at a subconscious level and changes your perspective about several things that you would otherwise describe as mundane.
The book reads like a river; flowing steady yet deep. There is something disturbingly peaceful about the way the author has drawn up the characters. Each one created with care, nurtured and nourished. I found the characters very believable; each had their fallacies, fears and aspirations. What really makes the characters so appealing is that the flaws stick out just enough to complete the glorious masterpiece that the book turns out to be.
It has been months since I read the the English translation (the original one being in Japanese) yet, the book is fresh in my mind. I can only imagine how spectacular a read it might make in Japanese. This is one book that took the longest to finish, not because of its complexity but simply because it made me want to savour every word, to visualise a Tokyo of the 60s… just try to immerse myself in every situation that was penned by the Japanese genius. To sum it up, the book is like a dessert created to perfection; you feel sated yet a part of you asks for more.

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