My destiny’s book and the lession of death…


Do you like literature? And do you like Japanese with their wonderful culture?
For me, I didn’t love Japan until I read Murakami Haruki. And I didn’t love Murakami Haruki until I read Norwegian Wood.
Have you ever heard about “Norwegian Wood” ? It’s a famous song‘s name of The Beatles… (If you want to listen it, click here: Norwegian Wood- The Beatles). And really, the sad rhythm of that song became the background music for whole book.
I read some novels of Murakami before such as: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, South of the Border, West of the Sun… I like them, but that’s all. And when the Norwegian Wood was published in Vietnam, I didn’t care about puplic opinion such as: “Among 7 Japanese, 1 people read it” or sexual passages… Nowadays, there’re many books with “best-seller” labels but very boring, aren’t they? So who care?
But, by chance I read Norwegian wood 1 year ago. When I borrowed the book from my friend, I just thought: “Oh, how impressive the book case is!” then started…
And to be honest, I was obsessed a long time after reading that book.
The book had a simple content. It was set in Tokyo during the late 1960s, a time when Japanese students, like those of many other nations, were protesting against the established order. And it told about 3 main characters: Toru, Naoko and Midori. Toru loved Naoko so much but she had a mental illness then suicided. He was very sorrowful, hurted himself, isolated a long time, made love with many girls… but he couldn’t forget her. At the same time, he found himself attracted to Midori , a class mate, as well. Complicated relationship, obsession about death, sex desire, mind harassment, love’s hesitation…. All of them made me not be able to stop reading until the last page…
You know, I think I was very lucky girl because I read a right book at a right moment. It’s not a book which is easy to read and understand. Readers need experience in life. Experience with love and death.
That time, 1 year ago, my lovely teacher and my close friend passed away suddently. I couldn’t accept that. I depressed. I was isolated from everyone. They were very nice people, why did God do that? I would never see them, hug them, talk to them or just say sorry…. And just that moment when I read the book, I understood these lines deeply:
“Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of life.
By living our lives, we nurture death. True as this might be, it was only one of the truths we had to learn. What I learned from Naoko’s death was this: no truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning…..”
I learned a lession of death, let everything be naturally and accept life: living as well as dying.
As a destiny I found out myself on each pages. Cried truly. And grew alive to life.
And heartily, that book saved my soul and changed my life!
Early this year, Tran Anh Hung, a famous director made a film, adapted from the book. And although the film was not bad, it could’t express all feeling and meaning of the book as I expected to….
Thank my English teacher whom I just can meet few days more, giving me a chance to share my thinking, my feeling and my love about literature, especially about Murakami Haruki and his works…
The last, as a gift from me, you can watch a touching scene of Norwegian wood movie (when Toru visited Naoko in nursing home and Reiko who took care her, playing the song “Norwegian wood” on guitar). I was crying when I watched this scene on cinema…


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