ノルウェイの森 (Norwegian Wood)

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My nose has been buried in this book all weekend. Ever since I read Tien's post about its upcoming movie adaptation, I could not get the visual images out of my mind and know that I just had to read it, like now. I've always loved Murakami, there's something about his writing style that draws me in, calms me, and makes me want to write too. And this book is no exception. I'm more than half-way done, I want to savor it and read just a couple of pages at a time but its so hard, I can't seem to put it down.

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How does one translate a Murakami book into a movie? I'm not quiet sure either. But if these breathtaking stills are any indication, I think the filmmakers did a pretty good job in creating that feeling of the surreal and tragic beauty that I often get while reading his books. It also stars two of my favorite Japanese actors, Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi (from the movie Babel), so yes, I am very excited to see it.

P.S. You can watch the international trailer here.

4 comments:

  1. Yes I heard of this movie, I would love to see it because I would love to find in Murakami's writing what you do but I can't because I can't actually read more than 1 page :-( I just don't understand his style, unfortunately for me, so I would love to see this instead maybe than I'll be able to read something from him. Photos are amazing indeed.

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  2. I'm so looking forward to this movie too, it will be interesting to see what they do with his work on screen.

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  3. Read this book 2 years ago just when I was just starting to date my hubby. :) Brings back good memories of telling him about it and explaining the title. The preview looks intriguing, ga.

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  4. Hi Sofia, I know what you mean about Murakami. The first book that I read of his, I had to put down because it was too vague and surrealistic. But then I started reading his short stories and fell in love. Just curious, were you reading an English or a French translation? I think you will like Norwegian Wood though, its very straightforward and less meandering than his other works.

    Hila, yess. That's the part that I'm excited the most is how they interpret the nuances.

    Christy, really? How sweet that you were reading it at that time and it became a topic of convo. Dapat motan-aw jud mo ani duha ga. Haha.

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