|Plot Summary of Norwegian Wood|
|"This wonderful book explores the loves and sexual adventures of student Toru Watanabe in 1960s Tokyo. Watanabe is in love with beautiful and mentally ill Naoko who is estranged to an asylum in the mountains. Naoko was his best friend's girlfriend until the friend inexplicably committed suicide at the age of 17. However into Watanabe's life marches the impetuous and slightly crazy Midori. He considers himself to be an ordinary student much to the delight of Midori. He succeeds in tenderly reconciling the past in order to move into the future. This melancholic book depicts beautifully the loves of this lonely outsider who is adrift in a sea of tragedy and passion. "
John Marcel, Resident Scholar
|"Naoko and Kizuki were a lifelong couple but their romance ended with Kizuki's inexplicable, tragic suicide shortly before high school graduation. Serious and quiet Toru, Kizuki's friend and enforcer, meets cute Naoko in Tokyo when they are entering college in the late 60's and falls in love with her. Nonetheless, Naoko finds it impossible to love anyone else, and as Toru struggles on his own to make new friends and break ground for his life, Naoko withdraws even further from him, ending up in a commune-sanatorium for depressed people. Toru's resulting bleak, lonely lifestyle is challenged when he meets Midori, a charming classmate who forces her way into his life with her wit and strong sense of independence and sexual liberation. Who will Toru choose to be his lifelong companion? And what will become of the un-chosen one?
The book, set in the turbulence of the anti-Vietnam War movement, uses a thoughtful tone of narration to tell about a person forced to make what's best in transforming the dreams of a boy into the destiny of a man."
Sergio Mendoza, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Norwegian Wood|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- love triangle/polygon
- seduction (yum!)
- boatload of casual sex without love
Kids growing up/acting up?
- struggling to earn a living to survive
Kind of sex:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Age group of kid(s) in story:
Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?
- searching for identity/meaning
- girl chasing
Taboo sex story?
- a teen
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- Boob talk!
- Vagia talk!
- Weiner talk!
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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