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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I refunded it because the lettering is too small to read easily.Published 17 days ago by Diana Elena Coza
Read for a Uni module so several years ago now. Evocative, provocative reading.Published 17 days ago by Margaret Doust
I don't dispute this is a beautifully written book with a wonderful, twisting narrative. But the Amazon definition of two stars is "I didn't like it", and I didn't like it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rosey Lea
I've read Murakami several times before, I have to say that this is his worst. I found my two recent reads, 1Q84 and Kafka on the Shore interesting and enjoyable - but I found this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenkonti
This is my 4th Murakami book and I think it's my favourite so far. It was slow going at times but even when there seemed like there was not a lot going on it was a very enjoyable... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Column_c
A fascinating read - took a little while to get accustomed to the style, but well worth it. Excellent translation which conveyed the Japanese origin in just the right way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Isabel Moritz