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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.
This isn't the easiest read by any stretch of the imagination. But if you surrender yourself and let it take you in whatever direction it goes, you're in for a really fascinating... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Murakami never fails to impress me with his ability to write the surreal imagery of his characters' subconscious as everyday reality. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mika
I love Murakami, he writes differently, and I enjoy his flights of fancy, and his writing. Mysterious, compelling, always interesting and original.
Based on glowing reviews of this popular author's latest work, I bought this earlier work to see what all the shouting was about. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Highly enjoyable novel. Many different plots. The title is perfect as that serves as a metaphor for the plot.Published 10 days ago by luvgrdane
I'm SO disappointed by this book and in more ways than I can probably express. Like so many of the other 1 star reviewers, I had such high expectations for this book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by WW
Before my first trip to Japan, I could not recall a Japanese author I had read, so I looked up some recommendations and settled on the novel The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki... Read morePublished 14 days ago by J K
Felt lengthy at times.. but, on the whole it was an interesting read. Was little disappointed with the ending as the author failed to stitch together all the characters the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Venkat Sambaraju