Soooo… a readalong! Alice is hosting a readalong for Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami this month.
I’m not really prone to readalongs, mainly because once I start a book I want to read it straight through. Unless it’s a super-boring book, then spreading it out over a whole month makes it easier to finish. This book is only like 300 pages I think? I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to go get it from my stack of library books.
I never even heard of this author until he released 1Q84 last year and it’s a big-ass book that has gotten a ton of attention. And you know, I figure that though this author intrigued me, I didn’t want to read some giant-ass book to try him out, so I thought this readalong of one of his shorter books was a good start All my motivation is pure laziness.
Here’s what the book is about – copied from Amazon (note the laziness previously mentioned):
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.
Sounds interesting I suppose. Honestly, I’m not big into Asian fiction… I don’t know if that sounds horrible or not. I really liked Amy Tan’s novels when I was a teen, but haven’t really enjoyed much since. It’s just not really a genre I gravitate towards, I guess. Despite how pessimistic I sound, I am excited to start reading if only because it’s part of a readalong with some really cool bloggers.
And I guess that’s it! We’re going to be reading the first 4 chapters this week, so that’s what next week’s post will be about. If you want to follow this readalong posts or want to see all of my posts about it, I’m tagging them with “Norwegian Wood“, “readlong”, etc. You’ll see at the bottom.
Oh and if you want to sign up, today would be a good day. Visit Alice’s blog.