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The haunting love story that turned Murakami into a literary superstar.

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.

‘Evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny; but then Murakami is one of the best writers around’ Time Out

‘Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami’s writing that everything he chooses to describe trembles with symbolic possibility’ Guardian

‘This book is undeniably hip, full of student uprisings, free love, booze and 1960s pop, it’s also genuinely emotionally engaging, and describes the highs of adolescence as well as the lows’ Independent on Sunday

© Haruki Murakami 1987 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Norwegian Wood is Japan’s The Catcher in the Rye

    Daily Telegraph
  • Everyone who reads Norwegian Wood runs out to buy copies for friends and lovers… Drawing on Fitzgerald, Capote, Chandler and the Japanese tradition, his books are at once disarmingly direct and slyly, charmingly evasive. They are playful and melancholy; full of wrong turns and red herrings, corridors that lead nowhere and – above all – girls who disappear

    Guardian
  • A masterly novel. . . . Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami’s hand.

    The New York Times Book Review
  • This book is undeniably hip, full of student uprisings, free love, booze and 1960s pop, it’s also genuinely emotionally engaging, and describes the highs of adolescence as well as the lows

    Independent on Sunday
  • Catches the absorption and giddy rush of adolescent love… It is also, for all the tragic momentum and the apparently kamikaze consciousness of many of its characters, often funny and quirkily observed. Quietly compulsive and finally moving

    Times Literary Supplement

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