Other People's Favourite Books – Saxxon Blue on Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I am a frustrated artist who works full time in a job that is killing me softly with its cash.

What is one of your favourite books?

Norwegian Wood.

How do you describe this book when you recommend it to other people?

Like self depreciation in romantic simple transition through a convulsive life.

How old were you and what was going on in your life when you first read it?

24 and just finished traveling around Australia with a beautiful woman who left me standing at the Departure gates lost and confused.

How many times have you read it?

8 to 10.

Who wouldn’t you recommend it to?

People who have a heart.

Do you have a crush on one of the characters, or the author? Or do you want to be one of them?

Naoko because she is so distant and crazy … No I would hate to be any of them.

Have you read other books by the author? If yes, what did you think of them? If no, why not?

Yes but the all surrealist writing and pseudo political musings become devoid at the completion of the book. Also, the cryptic Japanese repression that sucks in its lack of benevolence only delivers when it crosses into poetry.

What do you love most about it?

The angst ridden suppression of truth by the main character’s ability to display exactly the detail of what goes on in the world around him.

Think about the feeling it gave, or gives you. What could you most closely relate that to?

The ambling successive explorations of confusion, growth, age and the character’s impact on everyone’s lives from time to time. Even regardless of their frustrating and antiquated behaviours and oblivious self absorption. There is satisfaction in a soul perspective of the world going crazy and I know most can identify with that.

Can you share with us a favourite moment, passage, or line in the book?

‘Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment.’ – Toru Watanabe

Do any other books come close? Name a couple if so.

Comte De Lautremontes  (Isidore Ducasse)  – Maldoror
Alexander Dumas  – The Count of Monte Cristo
Charles Bukowski – Women

Saxxon Blue – http://saxxonblue.com/

See Chris Pash on Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove, and Barry Simiana on Robert Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky.

Email me if you want to tell the world about your favourite book, or if you’re a writer and want to show us your workspace … click ‘About Angela’ for contact details.

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