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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

Paperback Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780099448792
Number Of Pages: 624

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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.

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"It's a bizarre trip and I like it for the exact opposite reason that I like Belsky's book. That book is entirely practical in terms of life work strategies and this book is like a David Lynch film in a book." -- Pam Fujimoto * Drum * "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami is a breath of originality. Murakami is known for his unusual blend of the mundane and the fantastical, and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle epitomises this style. This book is my favourite because it really resonated with me, the way it links together seemingly unrelated ideas into a meaningful story is incredibly unique." -- Senan Tuohy-Hamill * University Observer * "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 *

Murakami's masterpiece


What started as a short story about a man who is looking for his lost cat instead of looking for the cause of his dying relationship, Murakami pursued the journey of this character and the others he meets whilst searching for his missing cat through the course of a lengthy yet highly engaging novel. Part historical fiction, part meditation on Japanese domesticity, part magic realism this novel is everything that is golden about Murakami's work, and beautifully translated. An original writer at his peak.



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ISBN: 9780099448792
ISBN-10: 0099448793
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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