4 journalers for this copy...
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.
A "straight-forward" Murakami novel. It's missing some of the "magical" elements of Kafka on the Shore but it's still a unique novel. Very enjoyable.
Sending to my friend Hawkette in Australia!
Found last night in a parcel sent by fushmush on the other side of the world. An inclusion in the parcel after both reading Kafka On The Shore, no doubt! Thanks!
I let this book overcome me, wash over me - and I have been doing nothing but reading it for the last two days!! Rare! The sign of a good read.
I had to consult my "brother-in-law" about the tune for Norwegian Wood (shame!), but since then, have not managed to get it out of my head. The tune is lingering now that I have finished the book, too.
A beautiful story about a beautiful boy, and his loves, lost, and character.
And taking to the Melbourne Meet Up on Tuesday night...
I picked this book up last night at the meet-up at Namaste Indian Restaurant on King St., Melbourne, Australia and I'm really looking forward to it.
12/07/2007: I finished this book last night and must confess that I really enjoyed this read. Of course, it doesn't have the magic of Kafka on the Shore
, but to me was much more meaningful as Murakami's Novel South of the Border, West of the Sun
. However, I read the latter in German (Gefährliche Geliebte
), which might be the reason. Maybe the translation is not as good.
So, now I will see where Naoko and Watanabe will travel next and I will definitely look out for more of Murakami's stories.
Read as part of the 1 Year = 1 Country Challenge
Journal Entry 6
Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus in Footscray, Victoria Australia on Friday, August 03, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (8/3/2007 UTC) at Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus in Footscray, Victoria Australia
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Will probably leave it in the lady''s on the top floor...
this''ll sound funny some one left it near the hand dryer in the uni library toilet. I thought some one left it by mistake as lot of pple do. I picked it up thinking I should hand it to the info desk.
CAUGHT IN MELBOURNE VIVTORIA AUSTRALIA
Caught by the Student Centre in E Building, Victoria University, Footscray Park campus before Christmas 2007. This book travelled only a short distance from the library toilet to the new location. Thinking someone lost this book, flipped through pages and found Murakami's depiction of Japanese student life circa 1968-1970 rather authentic and interesting (I never tempted to read Murakami novels up until now).
CAUGHT IN MELBOURNE VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Enjoyed reading this novel (an allegory disguised as a love story) very much. Found Murakami's reference to "cool" things circa 1968-70 (eg., names of then-popular songs, Miles Davis, Coltrane, etc.) amusing after 40 years. (I heard about these things from my uncle ;(
Once upon a time, in the pre mobile telephone era, a single telephone line for the entire university dormtory connected residents to the outside world. Relationships evolves at a majestic pace. Going off to a "walkabout" for a month without telling your girlfriend - no one will be waiting for you upon return
Midori's high school is probably Yotsuya Futaba Girls School (She enrolled in German language rather than French as she didn't want to owe anytyhing to her hated alma mater). Futaba graduates decimated the competition in fire-year French language classes as their French was so advanced compared to the rest of us.
Will release this book to a friend soon.
CAUGHT IN MELBOURNE VICTORIA AUSTRALIA