- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (22 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099448793
- ISBN-13: 978-0099448792
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 4.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Paperback – 22 Apr 1999
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Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
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.
"Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down" (Daily Telegraph)
"Visionary...a bold and generous book" (New York Times)
"Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty" (Independent on Sunday)
"Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original" (The Times)
"Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original" (New York Times)
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I'm not sure if there is something that is lost in cultural translation, but at times i never felt completely involved in the story, but found the plotting and intrigue kept me involved.
Very hard to put a finger on what i liked about this book, but i know at the end i had enjoyed the journey, although it is a long one.
Read this book !
Kumiko seems withdrawn, and may be unhappy or concealing something from Toru, as he admits he is doing in turn. Is he depressed, going a little mad, or utterly sane in stepping off the Japanese treadmill of hard work, conformity, keeping face, and pursuing a veneer of westernised culture underlain by oriental traditions. Before Kumiko was allowed to marry, for instance, she and Kumiko had to pay regular visits to a medium, to gain a favourable assessment from him. Similarly, Kumiko’s obnoxious brother consulted a clairvoyant on the whereabouts of her missing cat, named Noboru Wataya after him.Read more ›
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I couldn't finish this book. One star for the soporific, dreamlike quality which is successfully created, but disjointed narrative, thoroughly unlikeable characters, gratuitously... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maya
It's been a long, long time (15 -20 years) since I've read anything I would even consider slipping into my "Top 5 books". But this one just went straight in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Recently unemployed, Toru Okada spends his time cooking, ironing shirts and napping. For a protagonist, he is rather quiet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacksbookreview
I'm a huge Murakami fan but this didn't really do it for me. Maybe worth a second attempt in a few monthsPublished 2 months ago by T E Kingston
Haruki Murakami’s ability to write absorbing page-turners is second to none and the Wind-up Bird Chronicle is no exception. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer