Weekly Review / Murakami Antithesis, Love or Mood
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His works have been translated into over 36 languages and he is ranked among the most important Japanese writers among Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe etc., as well as among the most sought after writers in the world today. Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels and has been hailed by world critics as one of the most sophisticated representatives of magical realization.
Writes: Valona Hasani
Murakami’s novel “Norwegian Forest” is rare and unique. The description of the details and the articulation of the words is extraordinary, the way he describes the deep things simply. Which is why people tend to do the opposite to expose exposure to public opinion.
Murakami’s literature is like an iceberg, as if to say “I am showing you the surface, find the depth yourself”.
Murkami in his two books usually makes connections with writers, or with songs. This has happened on two occasions, in his book “Kafka on the shore”, he mentions Kafka, tells a little about his books and describes Kafka’s book “The Process”. The main character is named after Murakami, Kafka Tamura.
In the book “Norwegian Forest” he made the connection with the song of Norwegian Wood – The Beatles.
The beginning of this novel begins exactly with a 37-year-old, who is getting off the plane at Hamburg airport, and listens to the Beatles song.
This song reminds the past of the main character Torus, he even says
“For a past that would never return, friends who were dead or gone, feelings I would never experience again.”
Friends who had died or disappeared, it was about Kizuk who had committed suicide and about the friend who had disappeared and called her “The body of the attack”, about the feelings I would never experience again, it was about the girl he loved Naoko .
Naoko was a happy girl but after the death of her boyfriend Kizuki, she changed. She changed, as if she had been reborn in another soul, her state of mind deteriorated. She just was not ready to see the waves of the sea hitting her furiously. She was not ready to walk barefoot through the sand.
She was not prepared to face the cruelty of the world, nor the ruthlessness of the people. She had not taken proper measures for life, she simply surrendered to melancholy. Naoko fell in love for the second time, and she fell in love with Kizuk’s close friend and her friend at the same time, the main character, Torun.
Toru was a student who had prematurely learned the tricks of the university, reading books that others did not read. He loved Naoko and always remembered his close friend Kizuki.
It is absurd, but true. We always put a “but” before the things we want.
If it were so: Toru and Naoko loved each other, but love is not enough.
Could there not be commas and conjunctions “but”, would it be better if this conjunction, to connect nothing of anything, just to be totally ignored.
I rebel against this novel because there is pain, where the conquest of the love of two young people should have prevailed.
Partition, where they had to stand firm. Call for help in the deaf ears of the walls. Love where I tie but grips everyone’s opposition.
As if Murakami in some way with the plain language he used in this book, was trying to manipulate over our emotions, to soften our anger.
In fact I attached the sentence without the conjunction “but”, we would be happy, I like a reader and Naoko.
We can add a sentence from the book, “we are both normal and ordinary”.
I do not know if Toru already has the same opinion as a 37-year-old, who is coming down from the sky to write at Hamburg airport.
Some of the paragraphs in this book:
No truth can heal the pain we feel when we lose someone we have loved. There is no truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness that can cure that pain. “All we can do is look through it to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will not help us cope with the other pain that comes to us without warning.”
“I do not care what you do with me, but I just do not want to hurt you. I have already had enough injuries in my life. More than enough. “Now I want to be happy.”
“Death exists, not as the opposite of life, but as part of it.”
“If you read books that everyone reads, you will only think the way others think.”
“The world is full of problems much more urgent and important than the Greek tragedy.”