How come a happy-ending-fairytales number one fan like me ended up liking such story? Well, maybe because its love story. Or maybe Murakami is really starting to get to me. Either way, it doesn't matter.
I like Toru Watanabe, I like his quite-stolid self, the way he talks, his point of view. But I don't like the troubled-depresssing-complicated Naoko. For the love of God, she's just so complex. On the contrary, I really like the blunt and lively Midori Kobayashi. She's like a gulp of fresh air, a cheering spark in this very grim story. I even laughed a few times reading her conversations with Toru. And trust me, laughing while reading Murakami's book is a rarity.
I was beginning to really like this book but then I reminded myself that this is Murakami after all. I have to prepare myself for the most twisted-puzzling ending. And it was the right decision. Ah, it's really too bad because it could've been a really beautiful story if only it ended a lil differently.
Anyway, Norwegian Wood did mention about The Catcher In The Rye once, so my interest in reading that book is somehow coming back. You just wait for me, Holden Caulfield!