Norwegian Wood Group Read: Week Two ( Chapters 6-7 )
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Then in chapter 6 Naoko asks him why he likes twisted people like her and Kazuki and Reiko.
More sex and western culture than I expected. Although, the book is named for a Beatles Song so I shouldn't be quite so surprised.
Midori is still a blast (and wounded).
Maybe that's because now Watanabe is now totally cut off from the 'normal' world. Can't help feeling worried about him. He is sort of interacting with Reiko and Naoko, but mainly he is watching, and the feeling I have while reading is that of complete isolation and numbness.
Also I am not getting Reiko. If she is so wise why is she in the hospital as well?
I liked Chapter 7 better. I liked seeing Toru interact with Midori's father in the hospital.
I keep seeing connections between this book and Wind-Up Bird -- like the winding up every morning. I am interested to see what I think of the book when it ends.
I just don't know what to think about Reiko. First of all, she's in her 30's and wrinkled and called old? The story about the 13-year-old seducing her is mighty suspicious. Sex, in many forms, plays a key role in this book.
I was also surprised by Naoko, whom I saw as an innocent virgin earlier in the book, and now find out she and Kizuki had every kind of sexual play except intercourse at an age when I was still playing with dolls! Another surprise about her sister committing suicide at the same age as Kizuki and, of course, Naoko was the one who found her. I almost feel like I'm being manipulated by all these coincidences and downright lies.
The abundant music and literature references continue along with a few nods to movies. I was relieved to get back to Tokyo even though we learn Midori is also pretty adept at lying. Her father is dying in a hospital rather than living the good life in Uruguay. I loved the scene between Toru and M's father; so touching when he fed him the cucumber.
By the way, if anyone is keeping score, we now have two suicides and two deaths by brain tumor. I'm pressing on to hopefully make sense of this book. Right now I'm pretty puzzled by it.
I'll write about Midori in the 3rd thread - I've finished the book and can't remember exactly which events took place in chapter 7 and which later.
For another thing, I just didn't like the character of Reiko. She seems to always be fishing for compliments by badmouthing herself. I don't think she's doing Naoko any good, either.
I have a confession--I've finished the book, a little early. I seem to feel a need to finish books once I get to a certain point. I'll take Deern's suggestion and not discuss more until week 3, so I don't spoil anyone's read.
I think I enjoyed chapters 6 and 7 more than most people here seemed to. The hospital seemed like a very safe place perhaps because it was so distant from the problems of real life?
Both Toro and the book got more interesting for me in this second section, though 4 suicides in one book? Gees! I folded down quite a few pages, but don't have the book in front of me now. Maybe I'll wait to comment more on the 3rd thread.