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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

by Haruki Murakami

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Oh thank god it's finally over. What a frustrating book.
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
Oh thank god it's finally over. What a frustrating book.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Oh thank god it's finally over. What a frustrating book.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Or, how I went through an awful lot just to get a cat back...Kafka finds himself in Tokyo, voluntarily spends a long time thinking down in a well, encounters a lot of weird women...Murakami is a great/amazing writer! This book reads very well [even in translation] unlike a number of other books I've read in translation. Be warned: like Neal Stephenson's _Cryptonomicon_, this book has a lot of *very* cruel torture scenes drawn from WW2. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Well written and thought provoking with some interesting, unusual characters, but the book leaves the reader(me)with lots of questions. Parts of the book are very powerful while others are just weird. Everything is related, but not in a logical sense which is disturbing and confusing. There are very real historical parts in the book, some parts that are surreal and parts where the line is blurred and you just don't know... I was hoping that the confusion would be resolved at the end, but it's not. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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By the book's midway point, the novelist-juggler has tossed so many balls into the air that he inevitably misses a few on the way down. Visionary artists aren't always neat: who reads Kafka for his tight construction? In ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'' Murakami has written a bold and generous book, and one that would have lost a great deal by being tidied up.
 
Mr. Murakami seems to have tried to write a book with the esthetic heft and vision of, say, Don DeLillo's ''Underworld'' or Salman Rushdie's ''The Moor's Last Sigh,'' he is only intermittently successful. ''Wind-Up Bird'' has some powerful scenes of antic comedy and some shattering scenes of historical power, but such moments do not add up to a satisfying, fully fashioned novel. In trying to depict a fragmented, chaotic and ultimately unknowable world, Mr. Murakami has written a fragmentary and chaotic book.
 

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Haughton, RichardCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679775439, Paperback)

Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.

Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.

If it were possible to isolate one theme in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, that theme would be responsibility. The atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China keep rising to the surface like a repressed memory, and Toru Okada himself is compelled by events to take responsibility for his actions and struggle with his essentially passive nature. If Toru is supposed to be a Japanese Everyman, steeped as he is in Western popular culture and ignorant of the secret history of his own nation, this novel paints a bleak picture. Like the winding up of the titular bird, Murakami slowly twists the gossamer threads of his story into something of considerable weight. --Simon Leake

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Having quit his job, Toru Okada is enjoying a pleasant stint as a "house husband", listening to music and arranging the dry cleaning and doing the cooking - until his cat goes missing, his wife becomes distant and begins acting strangely, and he starts meeting enigmatic people with fantastic life stories. They involve him in a world of psychics, shared dreams, out-of-body experiences, and shaman-like powers, and tell him stories from Japan's war in Manchuria, about espionage on the border with Mongolia, the battle of Nomonhan, the killing of the animals in Hsin-ching's zoo, and the fate of Japanese prisoners-of-war in the Soviet camps in Siberia.… (more)

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