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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)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780099540953
Number Of Pages: 640

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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.

Industry Reviews

"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 *
"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 *

Good for soul torture

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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.

Perth WA

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ISBN: 9780099540953
ISBN-10: 0099540959
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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Haruki Murakami

About the Author


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.

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