I'm out of order here (there are two other books before this I haven't written about yet, but I am just on my forth day of summer holidays and haven't even begun to think about writing until today). I just finished this book. It moved me so much, I didn't expect that. I just got to the end, just finished off the translator's notes and a wave of emotion overtook me, I even leaked a tear or two. Wow.
This is a departure in a way from his other books, but then it isn't. I had a peek at what other Goodreads members had to say about it, but just a peek because I don't really care what other people have to say ( I won't waste a moment on that ever again), I think that Norwegian Wood is perfect. This is pure Murakami and I can see why it launched his career so powerfully.