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Three Quotes Book Tag – Day #1

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So I have a few of these to do, and I figured I’d have to start somewhere. I thought this was an interesting one, so here we go! Thank you to reinreads for tagging me.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

The Quote:

I am going to start Day 1 with the most quotable author on my bookshelf (in my opinion): Haruki Murakami.

This is quite a long quote, but still a quote! I am choosing this one because 1) I love analogies; and 2) Because I remember that back then (meaning, the first time I’ve read this book) I’ve asked some people’s opinion about this analogy, and it was interesting how there were so many different interpretations.

-“Waiting for the perfect love?”

“No, even I know better than that. I’m looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortcake. And you stop everything you’re doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortcake out to me. And I say I don’t want it anymore and throw it out the window. That’s what I’m looking for.”

-“I’m not sure that has anything to do with love,” I said with some amazement.

“It does,” she said. “You just don’t know it. There are time in a girl’s life when things like that are incredibly important.”

-“Things like throwing strawberry shortcake out the window?”

“Exactly. And when I do it, I want the man to apologize to me. “Now I see, Midori. What a fool I have been! I should have known that you would lose your desire for strawberry shortcake. I have all the intelligence and sensitivity of a piece of donkey shit. To make it up to you, I’ll go out and buy you something else. What would you like? Chocolate Mousse? Cheesecake?”

-“So then what?”

“So then I’d give him all the love he deserves for what he’s done.”

-“Sounds crazy to me.”

“Well, to me, that’s what love is…”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood was one of those books that I have read a long time ago but which had a great impact on me. I have the paperback, and I want to reread it soon so I can write a proper review and confirm if it’d still make me feel the same way it did before. As far as I remember, this book’s strength (and Murakami’s strength in general) is not the plot but how it deals with human emotions.

The Nominees:

Today’s nominees will be:

Page Turners Inc


Books o’ the Wisp

Please do not feel pressured to do this, if you don’t do tags or if you simply don’t have time – or if you’ve done this already, in which case I apologize.



  1. Maria

    I haven’t read a single of his works but surely this quote is deep (for me, I guess). But many of my friends are reading his works and find it very interesting. Maybe, if I have the time, I’ll finish reading it too.
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  2. kissmyCASSIDY

    Do you have a favorite Haruki Murakami novel??? I’ve been seeing his quotes all over the internet for the past year and I’m dying to read one of his. I read The Strange Library…. but it was extremely strange haha.

    1. Author

      Haha, well, yes, Mukarami’s novels tend to have that ‘strange’ / surreal element in it. It’s funny because I think he’s the only ‘contemporary’ author I read, and I know it’s not for everyone but I really like him. If I had to pick my favourite novel of his, it would actually be Norwegian Wood (and if you are not in the mood for surrealism and crazy stuff, I’d actually recommend this one!). But as I said, I’ve read it a long time ago. I quite liked ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ too. Many people recommend ‘Kafka on the Shore’ but I haven’t read that one yet and it does seem to go towards that ‘too strange direction’ you want to avoid.

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