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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Murakami writes with great detail, imagination and humor.
In fact, I have decided that reading Murakami is often like having really, really good sex for a very, very long time, without orgasm.
Most novels are carefully plotted out and the reader simply tags along with the author's characters as the story unfolds.
Not sure I liked it. Not even sure I understood it. Am sure I will re-read it. It is important on many levels.Published 2 days ago by Gil VanWagner
A fine creation by Murakami of a world that engulf my senses. He is an amazing writer and the translator isn't to shabby either.Published 4 days ago by maurice foster
my first Murakami book and just loved the surreal world and story line. To the point and much better than 1Q84 ( which I read second)
Now looking for a third really good... Read more
First, I stopped reading it at 100 pages. I 'may' start again, but, after reading many other reviews I think I've saved myself from an unfulfilling read. Read morePublished 14 days ago by L. Hodge
The minute "Pynchon" is referenced, there will be no purchase. Three stars to be fair.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Revisiting this book on Audible. I've read all of Murakami's novels and this one is a tour de force. If you've never read his books, be prepared to get sucked into his dream-world.Published 19 days ago by Terry Bowman