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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle A part of me wishes that I hadn t read it yet so I could still read it for the first time and be mesmerized.It is quiet difficult for me to describe what this book was like It is surreal and psychedelic It is mysterious, something out of this world You just need to stop questioning things and let yourself get carried away It begins with a seemingly ordinary day in the life of a very ordinary man But things only gets strange and stranger from there dreams spill into reality, lines between A part of me wishes that I hadn t read it yet so I could still read it for the first time and be mesmerized.It is quiet difficult for me to describe what this book was like It is surreal and psychedelic It is mysterious, something out of this world You just need to stop questioning things and let yourself get carried away It begins with a seemingly ordinary day in the life of a very ordinary man But things only gets strange and stranger from there dreams spill into reality, lines between natural and supernatural are smudged, a guy sitting deep down in a well digs into his subconscious, a boy s personality is stolen by the devil, a miraculous blue mark on a cheek heals people.unusual characters drift in, tell their unusual stories and leave About 2 3rd of my way into the book I was going crazy to know where it was all going So it was a relief to get to the end where some of these bizarre happenings were explained But getting to the end of the book was also like being rudely woken up from the most wonderful dream And I didn t want this dream like experience to be over.Amidst all of this, Murakami addresses the themes of alienation, loneliness, an individual s search for identity He questions the national identity as well while exploring some horrifying stories about the second world war True he leaves a lot of questions to be answered, but it is one of those books where the journey mattersthan where the story finally leads you In a few places the prose is a bit too wordy and repetitious May be it is a flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless.And this was how my Murakami love began 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 IIIn 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 ManchuriaGripping, 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 PynchonThree books in one volume The Thieving Magpie, Bird as Prophet, The Birdcatcher This translation by Jay Rubin is in collaboration with the author WATER IS GOODYou, the politician with the psychopath eyes on the T.V I hate youRussian scheming Where the fuck is my cat And why did I name him after you Mr Psychopath EYESWarBloodDeath Zoo animals My dreams are wack, yo but WAIT Are they really dreams No way man, I totally did it with her for real Skinning people alive Wacky woman with the Huge red hat, tell me Are you a psychic OR ARE YOU NOT What a cool walkway between the HOUSES telephonetelephoneRing, Ring, Ring H WATER IS GOODYou, the politician with the psychopath eyes on the T.V I hate youRussian scheming Where the fuck is my cat And why did I name him after you Mr Psychopath EYESWarBloodDeath Zoo animals My dreams are wack, yo but WAIT Are they really dreams No way man, I totally did it with her for real Skinning people alive Wacky woman with the Huge red hat, tell me Are you a psychic OR ARE YOU NOT What a cool walkway between the HOUSES telephonetelephoneRing, Ring, Ring Hellloooo Damnit Bitch, SHOW YOUR FACE Write me a letter Chatting through computer COMMUNICATE WITH ME DAMNIT Thoroughly, P LLEASEOpen yourself to the flow.Creta is so sexy.Fucked up childhoods Am I gonna get aJoborWhat Okay, SpotAndRate TheBaldMEN Dontja have that Devil Child Do what you re Told, Soldier Why the fuck won t this chemically imbalanced 16 year old girl leave me alone Is she sick or something Wait, I kinda like her I like her too, Toru Bloody bloody baseball batsThe media is on toyaBusta Do you hear that bird Another Murakami protagonist that likes beer Oh I could spot your handwriting ANYWHERE, my dear So much mystiquePerceptions aren t reliable I never have a full GRASP Lots of associations IntrospectIntrospect BEAT MY HEADNothing in life is 100% knowable 100% accurate 100% reliable..man that house creeps me out The flow of outside forces can shape your destiny, but even when it s a negative flow you shouldn t always fight it A famous fashion designerI m never going to have closure, am IBackwards, and forwards, and forwards and backwards, plenty of time, lost track of time, and WTF is time, anyway Numb, can t feel any.SOOO MUCH PAIN I heart wells Ugly ass mark on cheek I MISS MY WIFE, DAMNIT Transcendence..Oh fuck what is reality And it s all connected in some grasping, magical, meaningful way What You wanted at least some normal, put together sentences as the review Fine, a few sentences This book was wonderfully odd I loved it Murakami toys in the subconscious, where many unknown but important things brew He gets you to exist in the imaginative, fun parts of the mind where curiosities, color, and meaning abound He creates scattered, strange, fragmented, powerful images that end up connecting with just the right timing, creating something indescribable, yet satisfying He manages to meld the unbelievable with the everyday, craftily, so that what would typically seem like fantasy, takes on real life He allows us to intuitively grasp the wider ranges in our perceptions.Two quick tips 1 Don t jump into this book expecting anything linear or expecting everything to match up and make complete sense 2 Read this as if you re meditating make it a flowing part of your psyche recognize the ingenious connections that exist, but don t directly analyze Put simpler, make it a right brain activity instead of a left brain activity Y know what I give up I m never going to finish this I don t think Murakami s a hack, and I know that everybody except me thinks he s a genius, and I also understand or,specifically, have had it angrily explained to me that my dislike for Murakami has to do with me being an American asshole who can t see through her own cultural imperialism enough to appreciate the way Japanese people like Murakami write novels I acknowledge all these things.But at the same time, nothing about this w Y know what I give up I m never going to finish this I don t think Murakami s a hack, and I know that everybody except me thinks he s a genius, and I also understand or,specifically, have had it angrily explained to me that my dislike for Murakami has to do with me being an American asshole who can t see through her own cultural imperialism enough to appreciate the way Japanese people like Murakami write novels I acknowledge all these things.But at the same time, nothing about this works for me I m not excited about a bland everyman I m not interested in an atmosphere where literally anything could happen, but mostly what does is that people say vague things to him I m not sucked in by the occasionally exposited backstory I know I should be able to go along with the vague sense of unease, but it just doesn t do anything for me I mean, probably it s a very culturally Japanese sort of unease that doesn t speak to me, but 200 pages in, I m just like, whatever So whatever I give up Only like 10 books or so in this world could be made of actual MAGIC They are entities so far out of this world they indeed resemble pariahs, belonging to their own orbit following their own sets of rules that it is your utmost privilege to read them, to find out for yourself why it is that they stick to the collective psyche of one entire, delighted literati This profound take on life reality is so complex, so incredibly well orchestrated, thought out a new one for the list of Tops The Only like 10 books or so in this world could be made of actual MAGIC They are entities so far out of this world they indeed resemble pariahs, belonging to their own orbit following their own sets of rules that it is your utmost privilege to read them, to find out for yourself why it is that they stick to the collective psyche of one entire, delighted literati This profound take on life reality is so complex, so incredibly well orchestrated, thought out a new one for the list of Tops The main character, perhaps because he is Japanese, is just so humble and un egotistical you cannot help but fall for him his plight is also your own As he uncovers clues and goes deeper and deeper into a world that is found in the minutiae of reality like the darkness of a well, the acquaintances he makes during the day, the dreams broken by the alarm clock we too figure out the puzzle By page 300 I knew this was a deep, enticing masterpiece During this time, I told Liana With an elegant ending, this book gets 1 2 With a comprehensible un open ended finale the fullBy the end you don t care what did not fit, what was extraneous, what was altogether a tad confusing The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is an experience so fulfilling, so gosh darn incredible that I felt like I was melting into the background with zen like precision, like our main man A true treasure of the avant garde Murakami s best novel English The Wind Up Bird Chronicle ItalianoA great experience.More than reading a novel, I feel like I ve lived the life of another, like when you wake up from a dream in which you played the part of a fearless hero, doing actions you never could have done.Toru Okada is thirty years old and leads an ordinary life with his wife Kumiko However, a strange phone call marks the beginning of a series of unusual events that entirely change the existence of the young protagonist Everyday life andEnglish The Wind Up Bird Chronicle ItalianoA great experience.More than reading a novel, I feel like I ve lived the life of another, like when you wake up from a dream in which you played the part of a fearless hero, doing actions you never could have done.Toru Okada is thirty years old and leads an ordinary life with his wife Kumiko However, a strange phone call marks the beginning of a series of unusual events that entirely change the existence of the young protagonist Everyday life and the ordinary meet with the inexplicable The plot loses importance, fogged by dense clouds of mystery, from which only the bizarre characters of Haruki Murakami emerge We are in a dream, we perceive it as readers and the protagonist of the novel perceives it tooI listened to the evening news on the radio for the first time in ages, but nothing special had been happening in the world Some teenagers had been killed in an accident on the expressway when the driver of their car had failed in his attempt to pass another car and crashed into a wall The branch manager and staff of a major bank were under police investigation in connection with an illegal loan they had made A thirty six year old housewife from Machida had been beaten to death with a hammer by a young man on the street But these were all events from some other, distant world The only thing happening in my world was the rain falling in the yard The dream state of Toru Okada will remind many readers the surrealism of David Lynch, the American director who loves to communicate through his films with scenes that disturb for their visual impact, rather than for the linearity of well understandable plots.Side note with this novel Murakami won the Yomiuri , a Japanese literary prize, conferred to him by the Nobel Prize Kenzabur e, previously one of his most ardent critics What satisfaction Vote 9Una gran bella esperienza.Pi che aver letto un romanzo, mi sento come se avessi vissuto la vita di un altro, come quando ti svegli da un sogno nel quale hai vestito i panni di un impavido eroe, compiendo azioni che non ritenevi di poter compiere nemmeno di striscio.Toru Okada ha trent anni e conduce una vita ordinaria con la moglie Kumiko Tuttavia una strana telefonata segna l inizio di una serie di eventi fuori dal comune che cambiano di sana pianta l esistenza del giovane protagonista La vita di tutti giorni e l ordinario si mescolano con l inspiegabile La trama in s perde importanza, annebbiata da dense nuvole di mistero, dalle quali emergono distinti solamente i bizzarri personaggi di Haruki Murakami Siamo in un sogno, lo percepiamo noi lettori e lo percepisce lo stesso protagonista del romanzoPer la prima volta dopo tanto tempo ascoltai il giornale radio della sera Nel mondo non era successo nulla di insolito Su un autostrada, in un sorpasso una macchina era andata a sbattere contro un muro, e i passeggeri, dei ragazzi, erano morti tutti Il direttore e alcuni impiegati di una succursale di una grande banca erano stati messi sotto inchiesta dalla polizia per una faccenda di prestiti illegali A Machida una casalinga di trentasei anni era stata ammazzata a martellate da un giovane che passava di l Ma tutto questo succedeva in un mondo diverso Nel mondo in cui vivevo io c era solo la pioggia che cadeva nel giardino Lo stato onirico di Toru Okada ricorder a molti lettori il surrealismo spinto di David Lynch, il regista americano che ama comunicare attraverso le sue pellicole con immagini che inquietano per il loro impatto visivo, piuttosto che con la linearit di trame ben comprensibili.Piccola nota a margine con questo romanzo Murakami ha vinto il premio letterario giapponese Yomiuri, conferitogli dal premio nobel Kenzabur e, uno dei suoi pi accaniti critici precedenti S soddisfazioni.Voto 9 I m a big fan of Haruki Murakami When you pick up one of his novels, you re never completely sure where you ll end up This is definitely true of the Wind Up Bird Chronicle It starts as sort of a detective story in which Toru Okada searches for his wife s missing cat in their Tokyo suburb After that, it s really difficult to say what the book is about Did the search for the cat trigger all the craziness that swirls around Toru or had everything already been set in motion And if Toru s desce I m a big fan of Haruki Murakami When you pick up one of his novels, you re never completely sure where you ll end up This is definitely true of the Wind Up Bird Chronicle It starts as sort of a detective story in which Toru Okada searches for his wife s missing cat in their Tokyo suburb After that, it s really difficult to say what the book is about Did the search for the cat trigger all the craziness that swirls around Toru or had everything already been set in motion And if Toru s descent into darkness had already been set in motion, had it begun with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, a secret from his wife s childhood or was there somethingrecent which was responsible There is no way at least for me to figure out cause and effect, but maybe that s what it felt like for Toru He saw no way to separate out the weirdness which he d allowed into his life The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is a long book, full of crazy characters and crazy digressions As a reader, you feel like you ve been thrown into the well with Toru or for some unknown reason voluntarily placed yourself there , and whether or not you can make sense of any of it, Murakami invites you to share Toru s experience Wonderfully written and engaging book 4.5 stars rounded up This book has received praise from many circles, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times Wind Up Bird was also considered a New York Times Notable Book the year it was published, and it earned Murakami, the author, a serious literary award presented by the Japanese Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe To top it off, most of the reviews on Goodreads are filled to bursting with lavish praise for both Murakami and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle But, less than This book has received praise from many circles, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times Wind Up Bird was also considered a New York Times Notable Book the year it was published, and it earned Murakami, the author, a serious literary award presented by the Japanese Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe To top it off, most of the reviews on Goodreads are filled to bursting with lavish praise for both Murakami and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle But, less than a third of the way through, I couldn t shake the feeling that this book was just a waste of time I kept reminding myself that I can be a harsh critic and I have been known to initially dismiss a truly great book simply because the author s style or the novel s theme was initially frustrating this has happened numerous times with novels like The Crying of Lot 49, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Stranger and Absalom, Absalom Now that I have finished the last page of Wind Up Bird, I believe calling this novel a waste of time would be a compliment.I forced myself to continue reading Wind Up Bird by telling myself that a highly respected author like Murakami would eventually tie up all the loose ends When it became obvious that these ends would remain loose, I told myself he was creating a commentary on the nature of story telling, something like how all narrators are unreliable, or maybe purposefully writing a dense, impenetrable tome to reflect the popular postmodern world view I eventually started blaming the translator, because I couldn t imagine an author with as much recognition as Murakami writing such boring passages with such awkward prose But I couldn t shake the feeling that something was wrong At one point I put down the book, shook my head, got a glass of water, did some research on both the novel and the author, took a nap, woke up, shook my head again, forced myself to pick up the book, read threechapters and suddenly realized that Wind Up Bird was just a poorly written novel and I was making excuses because I was dazzled by all the praise on the cover There is a certain amount of wiggle room when it comes to writing a novel, but there are a few rules that should always be observed 1 show, don t tell, 2 don t write down to your audience, 3 avoid clich s, and mostly importantly, 4 establish a theme or message the novel must convey In Wind Up Bird, Murakami shamelessly broke each of these rules He simultaneously broke the first two rules by constantly adding explanations and observations that ruined any amount of mystery or subtlety that might have existed in this pseudo detective story, effectively communicating to the audience I don t trust you to read this novel correctly, so I m going to fully explain each situation and character in detail so you can t possibly misunderstand me While Wind Up Bird didn t employ traditional clich s, the constant introduction of psychic characters who simply know things because they were supposed to know became trite and suggested laziness of the author Also, while half the characters were functionally omniscient, the other half did things without knowing why, claiming they were compelled by some uncontrollable, unknowable urge or force that often leaves them empty or numb of all feeling literally, this happens with half of the characters in the novel But Murakami s most heinous crime is writing a 600 page novel that is functionally meaningless An author can get away with a lot if ultimately the theme or message of the novel is intact Try as I might, I can t find a message Murakami was trying to express through The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Murakami did include a character that thoughtfully reflects on war crimes in World War II, but even this subplot was unfocused, and by the end of the novel this story within the story fizzles and suddenly ends without reaching a climax I toyed around with the possibility that Murakami was writing a novel with a message about how novels don t need a theme or a message, but even if it that was Murakami s intention, it wouldn t justify nor could it be justified by such a clunky, awkward, ugly novel.Also, this is a REALLY weird book I have read Gravity s Rainbow, Ulysses, Slaughterhouse Five, The Bald Soprano, Naked Lunch and The Third Policeman, but somehow The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is the most bizarre, inexplicable piece of literature I have ever come across At one point I considered giving up on decyphering the plot and just enjoy watching the strange parade of freaks and monsters in the novel But, instead of making Wind Up Bird fascinating, the weird characters and situations come across as ham fisted, almost desperate additons to the book, as the weirdness is employed primarily as deus ex machina Whenever the protagonist didn t know what to do next which happened constantly a psychic would suddenly and inexplicably appear to tell him the next step, and whenever the action began to slow down, the author would include a surreal dream or grotesque murder This isn t a weird book that has fun upsetting conventions and flirting with the bizarre this is a book that employs weirdness to compensate for the author s inability to keep control of his own novel Despite my best efforts to find something worthwhile between its covers, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle offers practically nothing to back up the incredible amount of praise it has received Easily one of the worst things I have ever read Toru Okada recently quit his job at the law office and has been spending his time alone in the house all day while his wife, Kumiko, goes to work One day while cooking he receives a strange phone call from a women claiming to know him He can t recognize her voice though and becomes confused by this turn of events Kumiko is worried because recently their cat disappeared Usually their cat comes home after a while even though he wanders off and so Toru goes off in search of the cat On his sear Toru Okada recently quit his job at the law office and has been spending his time alone in the house all day while his wife, Kumiko, goes to work One day while cooking he receives a strange phone call from a women claiming to know him He can t recognize her voice though and becomes confused by this turn of events Kumiko is worried because recently their cat disappeared Usually their cat comes home after a while even though he wanders off and so Toru goes off in search of the cat On his search he meets and befriend the neighbor girl May Kasahara, who is staying home from school after getting into an accident May and Toru spend time together, watching and waiting to see if the cat will come home Things take an even weirder turn when Kumiko tells her husband to consult with Malta Kano, who helps people and Kumiko knows through her brother Noboru Wataya Toru hates Noboru Wataya and is confused by this turn in events, evenso when Kumiko doesn t seem to come home one night, leading him to set out to search for her and get caught in a complex web all pertaining to Noboru Wataya.This was my first Haruki Murakami book and I really enjoyed it, it s definitely a new favorite I tend to enjoy magical realism a lot and I loved the writing and the characters and the themes that were explored in the book I really enjoyed May and her obsession with death and her struggling to understand it and I enjoyed so much of the ideas that came up about relationships I also just love mysticism and books that areon the ideological side I think it was incorporated really well with the plot, and the way things came up through out the book felt so natural which is hard to do in my opinion The writing was also really great, and I loved the repetition and the way so many things in the book would occur again and again I can t explain why it appealed to me so much but it just did I also loved the way things tied up together, I love when story lines work together interlocking webs of events and ideas The only thing I may be some what iffy on is the ending, only because it felt abrupt in comparison to the rest of the book Also things weren t really clear and I don t think we receive a good explanation for what was actually happening Which may have been the point but I m not smart enough to figure out why he may have done that if anyone has any ideas I absolutely adored the book upon starting out It is exquisitely crafted, with each seemingly casual word chosen to illustrate the world into which we have entered It is a lonely world full of half finished stories, abrupt departures, missed connections and deep silences Poor Mr Wind Up Bird, lives on an alley with no exits, in a borrowed life that he could never afford to live without the kindness of his uncle He s just quit his job, as he has no idea of where to go with his life, but is I absolutely adored the book upon starting out It is exquisitely crafted, with each seemingly casual word chosen to illustrate the world into which we have entered It is a lonely world full of half finished stories, abrupt departures, missed connections and deep silences Poor Mr Wind Up Bird, lives on an alley with no exits, in a borrowed life that he could never afford to live without the kindness of his uncle He s just quit his job, as he has no idea of where to go with his life, but is dissatisfied with its current course He lives with a wife that he never seems to really speak to, in a routine existence in which she is often late or absent, or spends her time repressing everything she chooses to say to him Murakami meticulously illustrates this quietly painful existence in all of Mr Wind Up Bird s movements, whether it is missed phone calls, a wasted dinner, or a frozen statue of a bird never able to take flight This sort of language kept me going throughout the book even when I lost my patience with other things.Mr Wind Up Bird s relationship with May Kashara was my favorite part of the book She is something of a wise child character, able to distill what Murakami is only hinting at into aobvious, if odd and seemingly quaint statement She is a wonderful character who brings light and movement to the pages, and pushes the plot along, if only in Mr Wind Up Bird s head I kept looking ahead, if only to find out how long it was until she appeared again.What I did not like The endless repetition of the spiritual mumbo jumbo, of the prophets who just know, when something is going to happen, of the endless discussion of the flow, and various other points of odd zen claptrap that really pushed me out of the story, and the reader entirely out of the reality I think a part of the book s charm is that it hovers so close around the edges of reality, and gradually, this book just seemed to leave that behind I appreciated the message of a bundle of stories all being woven together, stories that stop and start as people pass through them, are read and discarded as they are of use But this went far beyond the borders of surreality into quite a confusing fog Perhaps I missed something, but it became very difficult to push myself through this seemingly unrelated part That entire middle section with the extended stories of Cinammon and Nutmeg, and the increasing weirdness of Creta Kano, the side stories of Lieutenant Mamiya, etc I lost patience with the book and almost gave up several times, because that s how I thought the rest of the book would be The introduction of random characters and tales that are really not material to the plot or necessary to the points that Murakami is making.Thankfully, the tale wound back down into amanageable area towards the end I m glad I finished it, if only to see the end of May Kashara.I wish I had loved thisconsistently that it turned out that I did I wish I could give it 3.5 stars I m sticking with the definition of the stars in terms of liked it, or loved it I was somewhere changeably in between between depending on the section of the book review originally written in 2008, edited since


About the Author: Haruki Murakami

Murakami Haruki Japanese is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described aseasily accessible, yet profoundly complexHe can be located on Facebook at childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehousePeter Catwhich was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle The Thieving Magpie after Rossini s opera , Bird as Prophet after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird , and The Bird Catcher a character in Mozart s opera The Magic Flute Some of his novels take their titles from songs Dance, Dance, Dance after The Dells song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune , Norwegian Wood after The Beatles song and South of the Border, West of the Sun the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole.


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