Recently I read the book ‘Norwegian Wood’ written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It is a nostalgic story about love, loss and sexuality. It is a first person narration of the Protagonist Toru Watanabe, a college student, who reflects on his love for beautiful yet emotionally troubled girl Naoko. While Toru yearns for Naoko who stays miles away from him in a rehabilitation center , he meets a lively, outgoing, Midori who falls in love with him. This novel written in 1987 was quite popular in Japan and it was later adapted into a movie.
Though this is a romantic novel, a genre which I generally don’t read, I was attracted to the several beautifully crafted lines which stayed in my mind after reading the novel.
To treasure the lines which I loved in this novel, I am listing them below :
- “Which is why I am writing this book. To think. To understand. It just happens to be the way I’m made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.”
- “Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ”
- “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”
- “Not that we were incompatible: we just had nothing to talk about.”
- “It’s because of you when I’m in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.”
- “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
- “It was as if I were writing letters to hold together the pieces of my crumbling life.”
- “When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you’re in big trouble.”
- “Our faces were no more than ten inches apart but she was light years away from me.”
- “Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life.”
Apart from several such intriguing snippets, I didn’t really enjoy the story line . But it was worth reading the book to appreciate these priceless quotes.