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Music brings about nostalgia. Toru Watanabe is on a plane when he hears the song Norwegian Wood which reminds him of when he was 20 years old. It was the year 1969 in Japan. Toru met Naoko, the girlfriend of his dead best (and only) friend Kizuki, and rekindles their friendship. He eventually discovers that he has fallen in love with her. But Naoko is mentally unstable, traumatized by the suicides of her older sister and her boyfriend, and went to a special kind of sanatorium. Yet Toru promises to wait for her to heal. In this time, Toru meets the pretty and unpredictable Midori Kobayashi,and falls in love with her. He gets confused by the love he feels for both women.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   mentally ill person Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   student Age/status:    -   20's-30's If he's not white he must be...    -   oriental

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   student If she's not white she must be...    -   oriental


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia    -   Japan Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only Focus of story    -   Him How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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