Spoiler alert: Norweigan Wood was sad, it was depressing. This is one of my favorite books, during a time when I read all my favorite books... when I was 18 or 19. There was something so beautiful about this book that was unlike anything else Murakami wrote, in my opinion. What was most poignant was the estrangement that Toru felt through Naoko's feeling of loss for Kizuki. He could never have her. No one could understand her, ultimately leading her to suicide. In the movie, there was so much going on about Toru and Naoko's relationship, and that feeling of alienation was not as strong as I would have liked. Instead, as the minutes tick by, you start to wish you had something to suffocate yourself and end it quickly. You think Naoko is just plain crazy, she has gone to that place where she might smear shit on the walls and wants the world to suffer with her. You cannot relate, thinking, I too would die in order to be with this person again. One thumb up for beauty and cinematography, one thumb down for discrepancies from the book/lack of depth. What did you think?
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