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Aaron David

A fourth generation Californian, befuddled.

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  1. Avatar Michelle says:

    I know I joined in late to the conversation, but I loved this book and look forward not only to rereading it, but also reading other books by this author. The story resonated with me, but what I loved most was the author’s poetic use of language which enhanced and reinforced the themes of the book.

    I doubt I would have read the book were it not for your suggestion, but I’m so glad that I did. It was not an easy read, given I’ve had a couple of close friends who committed suicide. But it was true to the experience of understanding and dealing with the impact of suicide. I read the ending hoping that Noru connected with Midori but suspecting they did not. Too much pain had passed between them. Plus, rhe first few pages of the book suggested that Noru had never truly moved on. But who knows. So much of life and death is a mystery.Report

    • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Michelle says:

      Thank you, @michelle that means a lot to me. I am very glad you enjoyed it and your comments last week were incisive. As I relate above, I too have been touched by suicide, as I think more and more people have been. It is a deceptively difficult novel, precisely for the reasons you mention. If I was going to recommend something else of his, Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World would be top of the list. That or Pinball, 1973.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Thank you for taking over the Sunday posts!

    The main takeaway that I had from Norwegian Wood was how it kind of reminded me of Sartre’s Nausea.

    I thought “surely I can’t be the only person who thought this…” and googled and Murakami Haruki wrote a short story called “Nausea 1979”.Report

  3. Avatar Vannesa says:

    great points altogether, you simply gained a new reader. What would you recommend about your submit that you simply made some days in the past? Any certain?Report