Book Talk: Norwegian Wood and Life Realizations

Norwegian Wood

Before I begin talking about the life lessons I've learned from this book, let me share the struggle I am in because of it. You see, I know what I was in for when I purchased the book a month ago. I know that the book is filled with lines that will make my heart shatter into tiny million pieces, but I didn't expect it to be that sad. What broke my heart even more was Reiko's and her sister's story. It was so depressing. I can't imagine myself in the same situation. 

This is the first Murakami book that I've read so I can't decide if this is his best work yet. Although as what I've read in Goodreads, this is his most popular book in Japan but not his best work. Some users in the said website recommend The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore  books that are definitely in my to-read list. 

So, as what I've done in the past Book Talk entries, I've picked out a few lines that struck me. One of it is this:

She’s letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you’re in big trouble.

There are days when I'm finding it real hard to let out heavy feelings inside me. Sometimes the feelings are so difficult to express that I am at loss for words. Writing has been a good outlet for me, but it's still best to have someone who will listen. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of people out there who have the patience to listen to my worries.  

To be honest, a part of me thinks that there will come a day when all these pent-up feelings will consume me. And that scares me.

Another line from the book that struck me is this:

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it...

This was the part when Toru Watanabe contemplated about Naoko's death. I can relate with the line in an emotional level. You see, I've lost a few people in my life (who hasn't, really?) and it was painful. Dealing with the pain wasn't easy. But like what I've said in this post, "The only way to heal is to feel all the pain"

Norwegian Wood introduced me to how brilliant Haruki Murkami is. Although the ending left me hanging and the story was somehow bland, I still admire how well the book was written. It is still worth-reading. I hope I'll be able to read more of Murakami's works soon.

Have you read this book? If so, spill! I'd be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

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