The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (Vintage International)

by Haruki Murakami | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679775439 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Steffie61167 of Venice, Florida USA on 8/4/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Steffie61167 from Venice, Florida USA on Friday, August 4, 2006
I bought this book for my nephew.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteriously collapses; a jeremiad against the superficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memories of war; a bildungsroman about a compassionate young man's search for his own identity as well as that of his nation. All of Murakami's storytelling genius -- combining elements of detective fiction, deadpan humor, and metaphysical truth, and swiftly transforming commonplace realism into surreal revelation -- is on full, seamless display. And in turning his literary imagination loose on a broad social and political canvas, he bares nothing less than the soul of a country steeped in the violence of the 20th century.

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

Journal Entry 2 by Steffie61167 from Venice, Florida USA on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
On it's way to Edibnihon in Germany.


Journal Entry 3 by edibnihon from Weilerswist, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, March 15, 2007
I can understand why Haruki Murakami has become such a popular author. His writing style is very unique, and he has a way of indirectly dealing with themes to make them a little more comfortable. It is definitely not a book for just anyone though, a little knowledge of Japan helps a whole lot. For me as Japanese Studies student, the book is even more interesting. It can also be a little heavy at times and very surreal, if you don't like weird things, don't read this book.

That being said, as with all other books that are Japan related, it is staying in my collection.

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