So, is it just me, or have the rest of y'all had "Norwegian Wood" stuck in your heads all week, too? I've been whistling and humming it at every turn. And am I the last one to know about the film adaptation to be released in the US later this year? I found it quite by accident today when looking for the Hunger Games trailer to watch.
All of this is to delay my discussion of the book, which I confess I find little pleasure in reading.
What's up with this passage in chapter 6: "I'm saying you shouldn't use yourself up in some unnatural form. Do you see what I'm getting at? It would be such a waste. The years nineteen and twenty are a crucial stage in the maturation of character, and if you allow yourself to become warped when you're that age, it will cause you pain when you're older. It's true."
And I noticed on the back cover of my edition that the LA Times Book Review said that this was "easily the most erotic of [his] novels." I wonder at that when there are passages like this in the book (and last week somebody else already pointed out Murakami's use of her "opening" in a sex scene): "If he wanted to play with my breasts or vagina, I didn't mind at all, or if he had semen he wanted to get rid of, I didn't helping with that, either." Erotic? I don't think so.
Basically I have three words for Murakami at this point: More Midori, please.
Sorry for being so down on the book this week; I hold out hope that by the time I come to the end that my opinion may change. What about y'all? What did you take away from this week's reading?