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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2011
I ordered this book as it was my next bookclub read. I usually enjoy magical realism so thought the flights of fancy and surrealness (probably not a real word!) would appeal to me. But I found this a bit disappointing, I really couldn't get into it and kept reading it as I wanted something to happen that would grip me. To me it was a slow meander that often promised something but failed to deliver. A few weeks have passed since I read it and with that distance I am prepared to accept it may not have been the right book for me at the time. Not sure I 'll rush to read another one by Murakami though.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2012
Let me start by saying I am a fan of Haruki Murakami's books and this is the fifth I have read.
I would not recommend this book as an introduction to his style of writing. The first one I read was "The Wild Sheep Chase" and is a good introduction to his left field story writing. It is half the lenght of TW-UBC and a quicker pace. At 607 pages TW-UBC is a long haul. If you enjoy Haruki Murakami you must read this book. It is the darkest one I have read so far with some wartime disturbing passages.
My favourite HM novel is "Kafka on the Shore".
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2009
I have read this book years ago, and now purchased it as a gift. I have already gave this book as a gift to many people and all of them (like me) were mesmerized by the surreal world and the creativity of the writer. The story is so full of metaphors and symbols and it is built so successfully that it takes you and does not leave. I remember waiting for the evening to come so that I could finally regather my book and start reading.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 1999
Haruki Murakami is definitively on my "top-ten novels of all the times" chart! The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is one of the best contemporary novels I have ever read. Murakami is breathtaking writer... the literary maestro who knows how to guide smoothly and unexpectedly through landscapes of mystery, thriller, supernatural, all mixed up with sense for humour and rich imagination...Read is a must!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 1998
An amazing book: written with grace, passion and immaculate style. On one level it's a supernatural mystery, on another a sharp analysis of Japanese culture and national character. Dreams and reality interact with each other as the main character searches for his missing wife. The numerous elements and plot lines work together extremely well. This is a true magnum opus, one of the best books I have ever read.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2009
Possibly the best book I've ever read - mate of mine who lent me it was like "you have got to read this book", whilst his missus said "dont bother I just dont get it".

You either do or you dont. Dont read further if you dont want to know anything but carry on if you want.

The scene by the river will stay with me forever.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2007
Not the easiest one to read, however! The fractured narratives often frustrate. A woman goes mysteriously missing and the protagonist - typically open-minded and out of work - tries to track her down. But this is really just a device conducive to a rollercoaster ride in which one surreal and bizaare encounter follows another.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
Perhaps not the best book to read if you are new to Murakami's work, but an enjoyable, if surreal journey nonetheless. Perhaps better than "Hard Boiled Wonderland..." but not as good as "Kafka on the Shore", "The WInd-Up Bird Chronicle" has all the hallmarks of a classic Murakami tale, and won't disappoint.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
This novel started off great - I like books that are different & it's been ages since I've found a good one so was very hopeful for the first while. However, there's being different & then there's throwing more & more random bits into one book.

About three quarters of the way through I wondered how/if it was ever going to all tie up. Characters and plot lines that were the mainstay of the novel at the start had just disappeared without even a mention. More & more strange goings on kept happening without any sort of explanation at all.

So in case you're clinging on in there like I was - to put you out of your misery - it doesn't ever tie up. It's like he realises that he's already written a massive amount of words & they can't make novels much bigger so he'd better wrap it up regardless of the fact that nothing has been clarified or finished & the reader is left more confused at the end than at the start. Totally disappointing and unsatisfying. It took me weeks to trudge my way through it & that is very unlike me & very frustrating when I have loads more books I could be reading & enjoying.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2003
Here we find a smooth translation of a monumental work of fiction that really works.
One of the most dazzlingly unpredictable novels I have ever read. Both existential page-turner and supremely intelligent thriller.
Lost your faith in fiction? Then you've got to read this!
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