Murakami off reading lists in New Jersey

Complaints from parents led to Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood being dropped from summer reading lists in Williamstown, New Jersey

Alison Flood

Haruki Murakami‘s venerated novel of love and mental illness, Norwegian Wood, has been pulled off a reading list for New Jersey teenagers after a rash of complaints from parents.

The novel, which has inspired obsessive devotion from its fans in Japan and around the world since it was first published in 1987, is set in 1960s Tokyo, and tells of 19-year-old Toru Watanabe’s relationships with two girls: troubled, vulnerable Naoko and impetuous Midori. The best known of Murakami’s novels, it has sold more than 10m copies in Japan and 2.6m in translation.

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