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Read Murakami’s Norwegian Wood online

Apr 23 2008

Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no Mori, Norwegian Forest) is readable online in its entirety.

All of the 1987 coming-of-age story’s 353 pages are available on Scribd, a slick document sharing website. I’m not sure on the copyright matters but reading the novel online could serve as a great introduction to Murakami’s work or a “try before you buy” for Norwegian Wood itself.

The novel is “evocative, entertaining, sexy and funny,” a quote on one cover says. Norwegian Wood is set in the 60s and a Wikipedia entry sets it up well:

The novel is a nostalgic story of loss and sexuality. The story’s protagonist and narrator is Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo. Through Toru’s reminiscences we see him develop relationships with two very different women — the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko, and the outgoing, lively Midori.

If you’re a Murakami fan, chances are you’ve already read Norwegian Wood. If you haven’t yet, definetly check it out!

Read Norwegian Wood on Scribd

Buy Norwegian Wood


  • cromely

    10 years ago (#)

    Norwegian Wood is my favorite Murakami novel. It’s also the most straight forward.

    The pure beauty of his language is just amazing. You can swim in his words.

  • Shay

    10 years ago (#)

    That is a great characterization of Murakami’s writing. Great stuff :)

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