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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (original 1995; edition 1998)

by Haruki Murakami (Author), Jay Rubin (Translator)

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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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Title:The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
Authors:Haruki Murakami (Author)
Other authors:Jay Rubin (Translator)
Info:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (1998), Edition: First Vintage International, 607 pages
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1995)

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Never in my life have I felt so definitively pranked as when I finished this book.

First off, the book has absolutely no substance. I have no clear idea what I gained by reading it (not even in the abstract), and nothing that happens in the book is meaningful in any way. This is not to say that the sentences are not well constructed or even that other people might not get anything out of it, just that for me this book was just a blank. It felt like it was trying very hard to be a horoscope, so that whoever read it would see exactly what they wanted to see in the extremely vague prose.

Ultimately, it felt almost offensive to me as a reader. It's so self indulgent and Murakami's style in the book seems to exude his confidence in the fact that he could literally write anything and people would gobble it up. For roughly the first half of the book, this style was fine. The book was surreal, but still had some logical storyline and basic sense of continuity. Somewhere around the middle a full year gets skipped and the book goes completely off the rails. Every chapter after that felt completely random, and I sensed that Murakami really wanted me to feel awed by his literary prowess when I was instead just bothered and frustrated by the fact that every sentence created more questions than it answered. It was only really at this point that I realized that the book was never really going to be concluded in any convincing way, and it's possible that that was part of what detracted from my enjoyment of it the most.

Overall, not a book I'd recommend mostly because I don't understand it (and am quite sure it can't actually be understood, since I'd be surprised if Murakami even had any idea what it was "really about"). I found Murakami's style in the more realist setting of Norwegian Wood more convincing and appealing, and if his other books are more like this (which I fear/have heard they are), I will probably stay away.

Also, what's with women in his books randomly getting naked in the moonlight? Definitely a strange recurring pattern. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
This was my first Murakami novel. I liked some parts of it a lot. Especially the first half of the story - a fascinating blend of reality and fantasy. What is real, and what is a dream? But I don't think the different elements of the novel came together and formed a coherent story. All the WWII stuff with harrowing stories, the young girl's ramblings, hiding in the well, etc. What's the connection? I liked Creta Kano and her back story, but she suddenly disappeared from the story without explanation. Well, overall, I liked the feeling it created of loneliness and the inability to know what reality is. ( )
  ctpress | Jan 4, 2024 |
Weird as hell but still strangely compelling although I got lost in the twists and turns that link the novel's parallel worlds. ( )
  imjustmea | Dec 23, 2023 |
3.5 ( )
  ccarolinee | Dec 16, 2023 |
It was a refreshing getaway from the real world, but I didn't have that edge-of-your-seat-must-read-on feeling that most people describe about it. It was more like a not-really-sure-whats-going-on-so-read-till-its-over kind of feeling. It did get me thinking about who my alternate reality arch-nemesis might be, havn't come up with anything yet. ( )
  jskeltz | Nov 23, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Murakami, Harukiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bandini, DitteÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bandini, GiovanniÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Degas, RupertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haughton, RichardCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pastore, AntoniettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubin, JayTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini's The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.
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«Ah, così lei ama la letteratura! – mi avrebbero detto, – anch'io. Da giovane ho letto parecchio». Per loro la letteratura era qualcosa che si leggeva da giovani. Come in primavera si colgono le fragole, e in autunno si vendemmia.
«Io ho solo sedici anni, e il mondo non lo conosco ancora bene, ma una cosa sola posso affermare con sicurezza: se io sono pessimista, un adulto che non lo sia, in questo mondo, è proprio un cretino».
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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.

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Toru Okada lever et yderst stilfærdigt liv med sin kone Kumiko i Japan. Han har sagt sit arbejde op og går egentlig bare hjemme og passer kat. Toru Okadas kone arbejder som redaktør på et forlag og den ene dag følger hurtigt den anden.

Lige indtil alting ændrer sig. I "Trækopfuglens krønike" kan du læse, hvordan alting falder sammen om ørene på Toru Okada, da katten og herefter konen forsvinder sporløst. Og hertil hvordan det hele bliver endnu mere forvirrende, da Toru Okada modtager mystiske opkald af mindst så mystiske mennesker.
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