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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.
Murakami was awarded the "Franz Kafka" prize so this might give you an indication the Wind-Up Bird may take you to the dark side of human nature. It does. Read morePublished 1 day ago by FogRider
I so enjoyed "the wind-up bird chronicle" it was like reading a beautiful tapestry.. all the threads moving across the fabric and circling and twisting into a montage of... Read morePublished 7 days ago by SusieQ
A bit aimless, but fun. It's supposed to be aimless. Seems a post-modern Japanese existentialism sort of writing. Go figure.Published 8 days ago by Arctic vortex
Where do I even begin? My mind is still blown.
Dreamy. Enigmatic. Rewarding.
Those crafty Japanese, am I right?
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles is a spell-binding story detailing the life of Toru Okada and other fundamental characters. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Claudia Cast
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Murakami's way of writing is strange, but yet exciting; A good book to read and enjoy.Published 12 days ago by Roy Queen
Mysterious and mesmerizing, this novel will lead you over the wall, down blind alleys, and into deep wells of thought. Loved it!Published 13 days ago by Diana Fox