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Book review: Norwegian Wood

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Re-blogging this not because I am a fan of Murakami or his Norwegian Wood, but because it includes Norwegian Wood, the theme song for the novel, by the BEATLES of which I am a big FAN.

Book of words

Hakone, JapanWhen results for the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature was announced last Friday, I was disappointed to learn that Haruki Murakami did not win it (again) in spite of being the hot favorite in the run up to the competition (again!). A big congratulation to Alice Munro for bagging the prestigious award this year, though I am certainly still hoping that my all-time favorite Japanese author would one day win a Nobel.

I had recently finished “Norwegian Wood,” one of the early Murakami books that became popular in Japan, following the narrator Toru Watanabe and his nostalgic remembrance of his college life in Tokyo. In spite of the lack of distinct crescendos, I found that the plot slowly grew on me with in a quiet and overwhelmingly sad way through Toru’s quaint, nostalgic memories.

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Alice Munro Wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

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Alice MUNRO wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature



Canadian writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Munro, 82, has written over a dozen short story collections in her career. Most of her stories–composed in a mode of psychological realism reminiscent of 19th-century modernism—focus on the lives of people in a small rural pocket of Canada. Munro’s stories appear with an almost-alarming ubiquity, popping up every year in the big anthologies and the best magazines (Jonathan Franzen’s 2004 claim that “outside of Canada, where her books are No. 1 best sellers, she has never had a large readership” strikes me as odd).

For an appreciative and comprehensive look at her work, take a look at this guide at The Millions. For a contrarian take on Munro, read Christian Lorentzen’s essay in The LRB.

Or, better yet, make your own informed opinion by reading some of her stories:

“Boys and Girls”


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Book News Friday

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Canadian writer Alice MUNRO wins 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.



2013 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature: Alice Munro

Thursday, The Swedish Academy announced the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and they picked the amazing short story writer Alice Munro.

The 13th woman and the 1st Canadian, to be named a Nobel Prize-winner for literature, Munro is 82 years old and has 14 collections of short stories under her belt. Winning this prize at the end of her career. She’s said her latest collection, Dear Life, will be her last.

So many people have been coming out to praise Munro and say how her stories have influenced them.
Margaret Atwood:
‘Anatomised’ might be closer to what goes on in the work of Munro, though even that term is too clinical. What should we call the combination of obsessive scrutiny, archaeological unearthing, precise and detailed recollection, the wallowing in the seamier and meaner and more vengeful undersides of…

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