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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.
Providing one of the more enjoyable reading experiences in quite some time, the balance of magical realism and philosophy in this quirky and engaging novel was perfect. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Mike Williams
This isn't my first Murakami ("Kafka on the Shore" was first; I loved it) but I found it too long and not always gripping. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Joe E Dee
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle combines engrossing, heavily narrated stories, some of great force, about tyranny, love, mysticism, death, fate, and daily routines that are sometimes... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robert E. Olsen
I love this book. I can't claim to understand it all but can anyone? All I know is that it kept me transfixed. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paul Larosa
Interesante y atrapante relato de un periodo de la vida de un hombre común que vive una serie de fantásticas experiencias y se transforma sosteniendo con honestidad y... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Guido Ottolenghi
The story certainly takes you through twist and turns, sometimes slowly, sometimes sharp turns, and always it keeps you on your toes, never knowing what will come next. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ladychow
More great fiction from Murakami (I also recommend Hard-Boiled Wonderland). Kinduva magic realism thing, in Tokyo.Published 7 days ago by Jon C. Jones
The story is surreal and fantastical. Yet it is mesmerising and you want to finish the story quickly to know the ending.Published 18 days ago by Helen