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Where is the Norwegian Forest?

 BE・FREE, Z Gundam, I came to "Norwegian Forest". Probably, I think it's definitely the most read back of all Japanese people (though not compared to others).
In terms of the number of times, I think I have read it over 100 times. Not only read it, but also copied it from the head. When I was a college student, I remembered almost all sentences, and even showed them in a side show at the company (although I wasn't happy at all).


 Needless to say, the novel Norwegian Forest is a masterpiece of Haruki Murakami (honorific title omitted). At the time, it was the biggest and best seller.
 Because it is too best-selling and the taste is different from other works, it is disliked by ardent fans Chalkist (Murakami principle).


 In the essay by Mishiro-san of Gentosha once, all the classic works that remain in the present age were all the best-selling works at that time. I think there was a phrase called. There must be no masterpiece left unknowingly.
Certainly, it is not limited to literary works. I think it is the same that works that were famous in doujinshi even in manga are unlikely to remain.


 I'm a big fan of Haruki Murakami, so I want all of my works to survive the baptism of time, but when I look at the past collection of writers who occupy one shelf in the library, from the view of Mr. Mishiro, it's probably a hundred years. Sometimes I think the only remaining work is "Norwegian Forest".


 And, the story of this Norwegian forest is a romantic novel (think of it).
To put it simply, it is a story that the main character, "I", falls in love and loses love. The other woman (Naoko) commits suicide, but tries to save her somehow. The cause of his death was the childhood death of Kizuki.

 Kizuki was a close friend with me, the main character, and they were going out to play together. As this Kizuki dies, this woman named Naoko will be imbalanced in her spirit and will be drawn to death.


 The reason why I re-read this work hundreds of times is because I love this person, Mr. Kizuki, not because of this romance.

 This person is similar to the character with the nickname "rat" that appears in Haruki Murakami's early trilogy starting with "Listen to the Wind Song". Perhaps if he had survived, he might have grown up like a rat.
He doesn't talk about himself because he kills himself so much. Everything is spoken from the protagonist and the mouth of Naoko. The keyword is about "his weakness".
”She says, “I also liked his weakness.” He didn't recognize it until he died. That's why I think I had to die. On the other hand, in an adventure around sheep, Rat said, "I like my pain and weakness." In that story, he chooses his weakness and disappears, rather than getting the whole world.


 And in the Norwegian forest, Mr. Nagasawa (a student of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo, a parent is a hospital manager, a handsome man, and a woman) who seems to be the exact opposite of this character, but read many times As I went out, Mr. Nagasawa and Mr. Kizuki had the same weakness, and I started to think that was the back story. Mr. Nagasawa and Mr. Kizuki have the same "weakness" and are just two sides of the coin.


 Mr. Nagasawa also spits out sayings. "It's not an effort, it's just labor" for those who work hard, "most of the garbage is like bottomless swamps" for students who aim for bureaucracy, "I do not need ideals for people , What you need is a code of conduct, not an ideal," "being a gentleman," "it's a poor man who feels for you."
Then, both of them speak (in the limited gathering in the case of Kizuki).
And both of them have attractive lovers like Hatsumi and Naoko. And they try to understand you better than you.


 Mr. Nagasawa aims to be a diplomat (it will pass easily).
 I just want to test my ability within the vessel of the nation, and I have no desire for power or money. He has met with women only to test his potential and has no intention of marrying anyone. After Hatsumi-san moved to Germany as a diplomat, he desperately dies.


 I wonder what "weakness" is. This is also quoted from the adventure around sheep, but it says "weakness of morality, weakness of existence, weakness of will."
Needless to say Kizuki-kun, Mr. Nagasawa, who is apparently Ria Mitsu, fits these three facts. There seems to be no weakness in the intention, but as the main character says, Nagasawa is strengthening every day to eat slugs without worrying about turning his back to others. A strong person will not strengthen himself.

 The weaknesses of these two people and how to overcome them are in opposite directions. Kizuki-kun commits suicide, Nagazawa-san does what he should do (definition of a gentleman), "I will do my best to reach 100%. Take what I want, not what I do not want."


 And both of them make women unhappy. This weakness was exactly the theme of my novelist.
What on earth do people live with destined weaknesses, and how should they live? And how to get over it? Whether it's like Dazai Osamu's involvement around himself, ruining the world like a rat, or living like a rat in the poetry world with some understanding, like Taneda Santoka.


 This is an old and new issue in literature. And as having the same weaknesses, the two examples of the "Norwegian Forest" gave us an opportunity to think thoroughly about this issue. And I'm still thinking.


 At the same time, this novel is a novel that no one understands after all. I try to understand, but I don't understand each other.


 Despite being a romantic novel, nobody's love has actually come true (at the end, the main character is attracted to another woman named Green, but it's unclear if she really loves it). In fact, it may be a novel as to whether humans can really have a love relationship.


 And, although it has a lot of sex scenes, it is a romantic novel that reflects the current culture that there is no heart in it.
How to live with this weakness. Boy one meets girl. Unrewarded love. I personally think that this is the true value of Haruki Murakami.
And I think that the completed form is "Norwegian forest". This book has everything I want. If you think it's a cheap best-selling novel, you'll get burned.

 It was Nakamura who was in the state of a diary in the past because the book became too fragile to read and write.
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Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) (English Edition)

Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) (English Edition)