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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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ISBN 10: 0679775439 / 0-679-77543-9
ISBN 13: 9780679775430
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

Japans 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 II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wifes 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 Manchuria.Gripping, 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 Pynchon.


Review:

"Not merely a big book from the broadly respected Murakami, but a major work....It will be hard to surpass."

Kirkus, 09/15/1997

Review:

"Whether his target is Japan or the world, Mr. Murakami's work sums up a bad century and envisions an uncertain future....The novel is a deliberately confusing, illogical image of a confusing, illogical world. It is not easy reading, but it is never less than absorbing."

Phoebe-Lou Adams, Atlantic Monthly, November 1997

 

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