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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle : Vintage Classics - Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Vintage Classics

By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator)

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Published: 1st December 2010
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Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

About the Author

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949. He met his wife, Yoko, at university and they opened a jazz club in Tokyo called ‘Peter Cat’. The massive success of his novel NORWEGIAN WOOD (1987) made him a national celebrity. He fled Japan and did not return until 1995 when he came to regard the Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo gas attack as twin manifestations of a violence just beneath the surface of Japanese life.

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Good for soul torture

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    Comments about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle:

    You need to put some hard work in reading this book and I believe that is exactly what author intended. No rewards, though, just more questions about the meaning of life.

    Comment on this review

    "Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journey's of self-discovery, and in this book he combines recollections of the war with metaphysics, dreams and hallucinations into a powerful and impressionistic work" Independent "Murakami weaves these textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty" Independent on Sunday "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 "Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down" Daily Telegraph "How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration" Independent on Sunday

    Haruki Murakami

    Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

    It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

    His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

    The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

    The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

    Visit Haruki Murakami's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9780099540953
    ISBN-10: 0099540959
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 640
    Published: 1st December 2010
    Publisher: Random House
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.4
    Weight (kg): 0.42