The scenery was the last thing on my mind. The scenery was the last thing on my mind. I was thinking about myself. The past increases, the future recedes. I'm not the same guy I was when we used to hang out together. And it always has to be the first time and the last. That's what this storm's all about.
But if I do have the time, I will come to understand you—better than anyone else in the world ever can. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. Anything at all, inconsequential things. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortcake out to me. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. I was thinking about the two of us together, and then about myself again. He would count her as number two.
I didn't give a damn about the scenery that day. However, this year that seems to be different with predicted winning odds in his favor. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong. And when I do it, I want the man to apologize to me. He peels off those frozen tears and puts them on his tongue. The main enigma he faces is Naoko, whose later suicide, although not yet explicitly described, is already evident in the general sense of loss that pervades the first chapter.
A parade of trivia with no place to go. Toru notes that this was the only time he ever saw her yell. When I was in the scene, I hardly paid it any mind. It was the age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. Even at this very moment.
The story of Watanabe's desperate, heart-wrenching romance with Naoko and his chaotic, joyful friendship with Midori was painfully relatable. Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. Providing everything for each other—most importantly intimacy—they took each other for granted. If you grew up in the 60s, the politics discussed and the way dating works in Norwegian Wood may be familiar to you, just as it is to the older Toru looking back. I believe in you…But when you take me, you take only me.
And this love is about to carry me off somewhere. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. His musical works are not just surrealistic but melancholic and inspiring for young authors. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. Learn to face things that scare you. And worse, I was in love.
They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope. And worse, I was in love. In a way reminiscent of Holden Caulfield, Toru and many other of Murakami's lonely male protagonists describes himself to reader as an unexceptional young man, belying his exceptional emotional sensitivity. They all know us very well. I was thinking about myself.
Once they start going forward, no matter what you do, they can't go back the way they were. The dead will always be dead, but we have to go on living. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes a certain amount of time and effort. Haruki Murakami — Japanese Writer born on January 12, 1949, Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer. And I cry some more, icy tears welling up endlessly in our frozen little home in the far-off South Pole.
His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. The past increases, the future recedes. His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works. Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.
But perhaps the nice thing about him suffering it in out through these quotes about life for the sake of his readers is that his books, no matter how magical and strange, seem to very easily , longing, and loneliness that we all experience. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. The reader experiences the emotional highs and lows right along with each character. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Yet despite the sadness within the pages, the ending is ambiguously hopeful, and I've always remembered Norwegian Wood as a love story.