DKU Intercultural Book Club

The DKU Intercultural Book Club is hosted by Austin Woerner in partnership with the Duke Kunshan University Library.

Each session the Book Club will choose one book to read in both English and Chinese. Read in whichever language you prefer and come ready to discuss your reactions to the book with other readers who may have experienced it in the other language!

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Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood



Champion: Charlotte Jiang 蒋千蘅

Get it in English (print) Recommended translation: Jay Rubin

Read it on Kindle

购买中文版 (推荐的译本:林少华)

Watanabe is immersed in the sorrow of his best friend Kitsuki’s suicide, which brings him into contact with Naoko, Kitsuki’s girlfriend who is also bereft. Later Watanabe meets Mitoriko, a lively, cheerful girl whose personality is completely opposite Naoko's. Watanabe cannot decide between the two girls, and his loss and confusion force him to grow as a person. This book, one of Murakami's most famous works, tells a story of loneliness: how a man comes out of the shadow of the past and gains the courage to face a brand-new life. —Charlotte Jiang

Earlier Event: September 6
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Later Event: November 8
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five